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Gary DeWaal

Special Counsel
New York Office

Gary DeWaal focuses his practice on financial services regulatory matters. He counsels clients on the application of evolving regulatory requirements to existing businesses and structuring more effective compliance programs, as well as assists in defending and resolving regulatory disciplinary actions and enforcement matters. Gary also advises buy-side and sell-side clients, as well as trading facilities and clearing houses, on the developing laws and regulations related to cryptocurrencies and digital tokens.

Previously, Gary was a senior managing director and group general counsel for Newedge, where he oversaw the worldwide Legal, Compliance, Financial Crimes Prevention (including AML) and Regulatory Developments departments. He also worked for the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement in New York. For several years, Gary taught a course in derivatives regulation as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. He currently serves as a practitioner faculty and mentor for the State University of New York Buffalo Law School’s New York City Program on Finance & Law.

Gary is frequently quoted in the media for his thoughts on the international financial services industry and has published numerous articles on futures and securities industry issues. He regularly lectures or appears as a speaker at futures and securities industry conferences or in training sessions for international regulators. Gary is the sole author and publisher of Bridging the Week, a blog addressing issues in the financial services industry.

Shown below is a selection of Gary’s engagements.


Legal 500, 2018
JD Supra Reader's Choice - Top Author 2018, Securities
JD Supra Reader's Choice - Top Author 2016, Cybersecurity and Compliance

International Law Office

International Law Office, Top Five General Counsel in the World, 2010
November 24, 2015
January 2016
Co-author, Questions and Answers Concerning the Final Prudential Regulator Margin Rules for Non-Cleared Swaps, Derivatives
December 2015
Co-author, New York BitLicense Regulations Virtually Certain to Significantly Impact Transactions in Virtual Currencies, Journal of Investment Compliance
November 18, 2015
Co-author, Cyber-Attacks and Developments in Cybersecurity, The Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation
Co-author, CPO and CTA Registration and Regulation, OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank: A Guide to Registration, Reporting, Business Conduct, and Clearing, Thomson Reuters, 2014 ed.
Author | Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest
August 8, 2017
July 26, 2017
Firm News
June 9, 2014
Futures Notes Gary DeWaal Joins Katten as Special Counsel
June 27,2018
August 9, 2017
Panelist | Regulation of Digital Tokens in the US: Bitcoin, Blockchain and Insight Into the Views of the CFTC and SEC | New York, New York
Gary  DeWaal


  • JD, The State University of New York Buffalo Law School
  • MBA, The State University of New York at Buffalo, with honors
  • BA, The State University of New York at Stony Brook, with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon

Bar Admissions

  • New York


Legal 500
JD Supra Reader
JD Supra Reader Choice - Top Author 2016
Cybersecurity and Compliance

International Law Office

Top Five General Counsel in the World, 2010
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  • ABA Taskforce on Blockchains, Cryptocurrencies, and Investment Management
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Technology Advisory Committee
  • Futures Industry Association (FIA), Law & Compliance Division, Executive Committee
  • Institute for Financial Markets, Board of Trustees
  • Thalēs Trading Solutions LLC, Advisory Board
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