Joseph Cisewski was Senior Derivatives Consultant and Special Counsel to Better Markets from 2018-2021. He is currently the General Counsel of Pantera Capital, an institutional investment manager that has been focused exclusively on blockchain technologies since 2013. An authority more broadly on the regulation of securities, derivatives, commodities, and other financial markets, Mr. Cisewski focused primarily on regulatory actions having the potential to affect the derivatives and commodities markets. Prior to joining Better Markets, Mr. Cisewski was the Global Head of U.S. Securities and Derivatives Advisory within the global banking and markets division of HSBC Bank plc, managing a team of attorneys and other professionals focused on the firm’s interpretations of U.S. law and compliance and controls frameworks. He also served as a member of a global derivatives advisory and compliance team at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where he focused on regulatory change initiatives to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”).
Mr. Cisewski previously served in a number of roles at the CFTC, including as the agency’s Co-Chief of Staff and Co-Chief Operating Officer and separately, as Senior Special Counsel to CFTC Commissioner Mark P. Wetjen during the agency’s implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. During his time in the Office of the Chairman, Mr. Cisewski also served as the CFTC’s chief deputy to the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Prior to Commissioner Wetjen’s confirmation, Mr. Cisewski served as the CFTC’s deputy lead counsel for Dodd-Frank rulemakings in the Division of Market Oversight, working with the director and then-Chairman Gary Gensler on final regulations to implement reforms to the derivatives market structure. Mr. Cisewski later served as a supervisory attorney and branch chief in the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, where he managed a team of SEC lawyers focused on the supervision of systemically important clearinghouses. He began his career as professional staff in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Division of Financial Markets and Community Investment, focused on consumer protection issues and oversight of the Term Asset-backed Securities Loan Facility and other programs implemented as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program.See All Alumni