J. Christopher “Chris” Giancarlo was sworn in as a CFTC Commissioner on June 16, 2014 for a term expiring on April 13, 2019. Giancarlo was nominated by President Obama on August 1, 2013. On March 6, 2014, Giancarlo testified on his nomination before the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which approved the nomination on April 8, 2014. The US Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous consent on June 3, 2014.
Early life and education
Mr. Giancarlo was born May 12, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey. He received primary and secondary education at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey from 1970 to 1977. He attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York where he graduated with Government Department Honors. At Skidmore, Giancarlo was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, of the Winter Term Scholarship Committee and a contributing editor to Politea magazine. In 1984 he received a Juris Doctor degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law where he was an associate research editor at the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and President of the Law School’s International Law Society. Since 1985, Giancarlo is a member of the Bar of the State of New York.
From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Giancarlo served as the Executive Vice President of GFI Group Inc., a leading provider of wholesale brokerage services, clearing services, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets. As Executive Vice President, Giancarlo led the corporate development of GFI from closely held partnership to publicly traded corporation. Prior to joining GFI, Mr. Giancarlo was Executive Vice President and US Legal Counsel of Fenics Software. From September 1997 to April 2000, Mr. Giancarlo was a corporate partner in the New York law firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner, where he advised technology businesses on corporate and finance transactions. Mr. Giancarlo joined Brown Raysman from Giancarlo & Gleiberman, a law practice founded by Mr. Giancarlo in 1992 following his return from several years practicing law in London with the international firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle.
Mr. Giancarlo was also a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of eSecurities, Trading and Regulation on the Internet (Leader Publications)and has written and spoken extensively on public policy, legal and other matters concerning technology and the financial markets.
In February 2011, Mr. Giancarlo testified before the House Financial Services Committee of the US Congress on implementation of the Dodd Frank Act. In October of that same year, he also testified before The House Committee on Agriculture on Legislative Proposals Amending Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In December 2012, he testified once more, this time before The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises on “Challenges Facing the U.S. Capital Markets to Effectively Implement Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act".