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Tarbert begins term as 14th CFTC Chairman

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Dr Heath P Tarbert has officially begun his term today as the 14th Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), succeeding J Christopher Giancarlo.

“America’s futures, swaps, and options markets are the global standard. Their integrity is essential to the economic security of every American, particularly our farmers and ranchers.  I look forward to working with each Commissioner and the talented staff at the CFTC to ensure our derivatives markets remain vibrant and wrongdoers are held accountable,” says Tarbert. “At its core, the CFTC is a guardian of the American free-enterprise system. Opportunities and threats await us, and we will be ready. Whether it be unfinished business or the unwritten future, now is the time to act, and I intend to hit the ground running.”

Chairman Tarbert offered words of praise for his predecessor, saying: “Chris deserves great credit for his hard work and service leading the CFTC. Thanks to his efforts, this Commission is positioned better to tackle the challenges we face today and into the future.”

Chairman Tarbert was nominated by President Trump for a term expiring on 13 April, 2024. He was approved unanimously by the Senate Agriculture Committee before being confirmed as Chairman by the US Senate with broad, bipartisan support in a vote of 84-9. In addition to setting the rulemaking agenda for the Commission, Chairman Tarbert also serves as the agency’s chief executive, leading its day-to-day work to ensure the integrity of the futures, swaps, and options markets, which see hundreds of trillions of dollars in activity each year.

Tarbert has extensive experience in financial services law and has served in leadership roles in the public and private sector. Most recently, he served as Assistant Secretary for International Markets and subsequently as acting Under Secretary for International Affairs at the US Department of the Treasury. In these roles, Tarbert served as the G-7/G20 Deputy Finance Minister, a member of the Financial Stability Board, and the co-chair of both the US-EU Financial Regulatory Forum and the US-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group. Prior to his service at the Treasury Department, Tarbert was head of the bank regulatory practice of Allen & Overy LLP, a leading global law firm. Earlier in his career, he served as Special Counsel to the US Senate Banking Committee and as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States for financial markets.  

Apart from his public and private sector roles, Tarbert has served as Legal Adviser to the Systemic Risk Council, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems, Deputy Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, and as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation. In addition, Chairman Tarbert is a licensed CPA and CFA charterholder, and he is an elected member of the American Law Institute. 

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