Matthew B. Kulkin


  • Chair, Futures and Derivatives Practice

With over a decade of experience in government and private practice, Matthew Kulkin is well positioned to help clients navigate the complex legislative, regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues faced by financial market participants. Mr. Kulkin joined the firm in 2022 from another international law firm where he co-chaired its financial services practice group. Before that, he served as the Director of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight.

As Director of the CFTC's Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Mr. Kulkin led a broad range of CFTC activities, including rulemakings and enforcement matters regarding swap dealers, intermediaries, trading venues, and investment funds. During his time at the commission, Kulkin was also deeply involved in cases of first impression regarding cryptocurrencies and digital assets.

Mr. Kulkin often advises clients on newly adopted rules and areas of increased regulatory focus in the commodity futures and derivatives market. Throughout his years in private practice, Mr. Kulkin's clients have included asset managers, banks, broker-dealers, energy companies, financial market utilities, insurance companies, non-bank financial institutions and trading venues.

Mr. Kulkin also regularly counsels clients on compliance issues with other federal regulatory and enforcement authorities, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the US Treasury Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Mr. Kulkin also has experience analyzing and providing strategic advice on financial services legislative proposals. 

Professional Activities:

Mr. Kulkin writes and speaks frequently on Dodd-Frank Act implementation and financial services regulation issues. Mr. Kulkin also previously served as Co-Chair of the Derivatives, Securitization and Project Finance Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

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  • Education

    • JD, George Washington University Law School, 2005

      Thurgood Marshall Scholar
    • BA, Tufts University, 2002

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

  • Government Experience

    • Commodity Futures Trading Commission

      Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight