The Honorable J. Christopher (“Chris”) Giancarlo is an American attorney and former business executive who served as 13th Chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Giancarlo was first nominated as a CFTC Commissioner by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed in June 2014. He was subsequently nominated as CFTC Chairman by President Donald Trump and again unanimously confirmed in August 2017. He departed the CFTC in July 2019 following the expiration of his five-year term.
Giancarlo is Senior Counsel to Willkie Farr & Gallagher, a preeminent International Law firm based in New York. Mr. Giancarlo also serves on the Advisory Board of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and as an independent director of the American Financial Exchange, the sponsor of Ameribor and Ameribor Futures. Before entering public service, Giancarlo served as the executive vice president of financial services firm GFI Group Inc. and as executive vice president and U.S. legal counsel of Fenics Software. Previously, he practiced law in New York and London as a partner in the law firms of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner and Giancarlo & Gleiberman.
Giancarlo is a renowned blockchain technology advocate and key contributor to the global discourse on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. During his tenure as chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the agency published primers on virtual currencies and smart contracts, the first bitcoin futures contracts were offered, and the CFTC launched LabCFTC as the agency’s stakeholder in the digital evolution of derivatives trading markets. Mr. Giancarlo has over 45,000 followers on Twitter, where he is known as “CryptoDad.”