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Aitan Goelman

Goelman appointed as CFTC director of enforcement

Aitan Goelman has been appointed as the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) director of the division of enforcement.

Goelman (pictured) is a former federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience litigating both criminal and civil matters.
“I’m very pleased that Aitan Goelman has agreed to join the agency as director of enforcement. Aitan brings valuable experience in government and private practice, as well as a strong commitment to public service. He will be a tough, aggressive and fair leader at a critical time in the Commission’s history,” says CFTC chairman Timothy Massad. “I especially want to thank Gretchen Lowe for her skilled leadership and dedication, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with her.”
Goelman joins the CFTC from the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder where he has been a litigation partner for 11 years. Goelman’s practice has focused on white collar crime and complex commercial litigation.
Goelman previously served in the Department of Justice for nine years, including as an assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York and as a Special Attorney to the US Attorney General. At Justice, he handled white-collar criminal cases involving bank, wire, mail and securities fraud, as well as RICO, and violent crimes. Goelman was also one of the trial lawyers that convicted the Oklahoma City bombers.
“I am pleased to return to public service and excited to join the CFTC at this important time when vigorous enforcement is more vital than ever,” Goelman says. “It is an honour to be able to play a part in helping the Commission fulfil its crucial mission of maintaining the integrity of the futures and swaps markets. I am committed to continuing, and building on, the good work of Gretchen and David Meister and all the hardworking and dedicated staff of the division of enforcement.”

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