Matthew A. Daigler

Matthew A. Daigler is Senior Counsel to the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In his role, he provides legal and policy advice to Chairman Heath Tarbert on a broad range of issues, including rulemaking and other Commission actions.

Mr. Daigler previously served as Senior Counsel to former CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, where he provided advice on matters such as the agency’s Swaps Regulation Version 2.0 agenda.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Daigler spent five years in private practice in the Washington, DC area at Allen & Overy LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. In those positions, he focused on CFTC regulatory matters. For example, he advised clients on the rules for swap dealer registration, as well as issues arising from implementation of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, including cross-border issues and the characterization of novel derivatives products.

Mr. Daigler also spent nearly a decade at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a Senior Special Counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets, in both the Office of Derivatives Policy and the Office of Market Supervision. In these roles, he worked on the implementation of Title VII, including the proposed rulemaking to further define the terms “swap” and “security-based swap” and apply Title VII to cross-border security-based swap activities. He also analyzed novel derivatives products to determine their appropriate regulatory characterization under the Commodity Exchange Act and the federal securities laws.


  • JD, University of Chicago Law School (2002)
  • PhD, Boston College (1998)
  • BA, University of Toronto (1990)