Mr. Barnett is the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (or DSIO). DSIO is charged with the oversight of swap and futures market intermediaries, including swap dealers, major swap participants, futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors and others.
Mr. Barnett previously headed the U.S. Derivatives and Structured Finance Practice Group at Linklaters LLP in New York, where his specialty was the global swaps market. He was also actively involved in the development and implementation of clearing systems for the derivatives market, a key reform of Dodd-Frank. Prior to Linklaters, he was co-head of the Securitization and Derivatives Practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP.
He is a co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) annual programs on fundamental and advanced swaps.
Mr. Barnett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa, graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law, and received his LL.M., focusing on securities and insolvency laws, from the New York University School of Law. He is a member of the New York, California and Oklahoma bars.