NATE HOWELL is a partner in Sidley’s Chicago office in the Investment Funds practice group. He also serves as a member of Sidley’s End-User Derivatives team and the Securities Enforcement and Regulatory practice group.
Nate’s practice focuses on futures and derivatives regulation, transactions and compliance, with a core focus on Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Dodd-Frank Act matters.
Nate’s clients include clearing organizations, derivatives exchanges and other trading facilities, self-regulatory organizations, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, futures commission merchants, introducing brokers, swap dealers, banks, hedge funds, commercial end-users of derivatives (including manufacturing and energy companies), and companies that are actively engaged in the cryptocurrency and digital assets space. He also advises a number of non-U.S. financial institutions on the cross-border aspects of U.S. derivatives regulations.
The National Law Journal named Nate to its 2018 “Cryptocurrency/Blockchain/Fintech Trailblazers” special supplement. Among other things, he was recognized for first-of-its-kind financial work on custodial issues for banks that hope to hold custody for regulated entities.
Sidley’s award-winning Investment Funds group provides top-tier service to all aspects of the private funds industry. Chambers USA awarded the group top band rankings in Hedge Funds every year since 2008. Sidley has also been named “Law Firm of the Year” in Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2022 “Best Law Firms.”