Theodore M. Kneller




Washington, D.C.

T: +1.202.371.7264

F: 1.202.661.8264


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Ted Kneller is an associate in Skadden’s Derivatives Group and focuses his practice on Dodd-Frank Act regulatory compliance, government investigations and litigation related to the swaps, futures, options and physical commodity markets. He primarily represents clients in regulatory and enforcement matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and self-regulatory organizations for swaps and futures trading.

Mr. Kneller represents a broad range of participants in the commodity and derivatives markets, including investment banks, swap dealers, exchanges, trading platforms, commodity brokerage firms, insurance companies, energy companies, pension organizations and corporate end users. Mr. Kneller’s representations include Dodd-Frank Act and CFTC regulatory and enforcement issues in a number of different commodity and derivatives markets, including interest rate, credit default swap, foreign currency, energy, equity and metals markets.

Before joining Skadden, Mr. Kneller was a CFTC attorney in the Division of Enforcement’s Office of Chief Counsel. At the CFTC, he had extensive involvement in the development and drafting of various Dodd-Frank Act rules, including the External Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants. Mr. Kneller also was assigned to the CFTC’s international enforcement group and worked on multi-agency, cross-border investigations related to index price reporting, market manipulation, fraud, wash trading and unlawful trading practices.

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District of Columbia


LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2010

LL.M., Tsinghua University School of Law, 2008

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2009

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2003

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