Leveraging her experience as a lawyer at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Sarah V. Riddell advises domestic and foreign exchanges, derivatives clearing organizations, swap execution facilities, and other financial institutions on a broad range of regulatory matters, including CFTC registration and compliance. While at the CFTC, Sarah worked on Dodd-Frank-related rulemakings and participated in examinations of derivatives clearing organizations, including those designated as systemically important.
During law school, Sarah interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague where she worked on, among other things, policy matters related to detention. Sarah interned at the US Attorney’s Office and for a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois. Sarah has also worked on clearing issues for one of the world’s largest derivatives exchanges.
Advise international clearing house on CFTC matters, including the investment of customer funds and CFTC-compliant documentation for such investments.
Advise clients, including global investment management firms, on position limits and successfully obtaining exemptions from exchange-established position limits.
Counsel foreign exchanges on CFTC-compliant offerings of their contracts to US persons.
Assist clients with registering with the CFTC as a foreign board of trade, designated contract market, or swap execution facility.
Bradley University, 2004, B.S., Summa Cum Laude
DePaul University, 2007, M.A.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2011, J.D., Cum Laude
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Chicago Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2016-2018)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Asset Management, Law360 (2017)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD)
Member, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Hedge Funds Care/Help For Children — Chicago Committee of Hope Member