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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Michael Philipp

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Michael M. Philipp is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Investment Management and Securities Industry Practice. Mr. Philipp represents financial services clients in futures and securities transactions and in derivatives regulation, legislation, compliance, and enforcement matters. Mr. Philipp serves as counsel to domestic and foreign exchanges and clearing organizations, banks, investment managers, brokerage firms, and end-users in connection with exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivative instruments. He has represented foreign exchanges and clearing houses in their U.S. offerings of futures and equity options products and derivatives clearing activities. Mr. Philipp provides advice regarding a broad range of Dodd Frank and CFTC registration related issues, including swap clearing, registration of SEFs and SDRs, retail and ECP FX transactions, ISDA DF Protocol, swap reporting, and CPO and CTA registration. He also provides assistance to firms in negotiating bilateral and cleared swap documentation. For more information, view Mr. Philipp's biography at


Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Mr. Philipp was a partner at an international law firm, resident in Chicago. He was also previously an in-house attorney for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he served as counsel to the Exchange's regulatory trade practice, compliance, and arbitration committees.


Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2012); Member, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Working Group on Financial Markets; Board Member, The Ark; Former Member, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade Business Conduct and Probable Cause Committees; Program Chair, American Bar Association, Futures and Derivatives Law Committee Winter Meeting (2005); Former Chair, Chicago Bar Association, Futures and Derivatives Law Committee; Former Member, Executive Committee of the Futures Industry Association Law and Compliance Division


DePaul University College of Law, 1992, J.D.; University of Chicago, 1981, B.A., With Honors

United States: Finance

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products

Within: Structured finance: derivatives and structured products

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises banks, asset managers and other market makers on a variety of regulatory flow matters, leveraged lending and trading activity, and also acts for corporate end-users in commodity and equity-linked derivative transactions. Of particular note, the team was involved in several equity forward deals in 2018. In one such example, Thomas D’Ambrosio advised Entergy Corporation on a public, underwritten offering of 15.3m shares of common stock, which is expected to yield over $1bn upon settlement of the forward transaction. D'Ambrosio also advises several prominent asset managers on margin regulations and associated insolvency issues. Washington DC-based Daniel Kleinman has advised clients on the enforceability of certain netting rights, while Michael Philipp in the Chicago office has advised financial institutions, foreign exchanges and clearing organizations on regulatory matters concerning exchange-traded and OTC derivatives. Boston-based Edwin Smith, who has experience of structured finance and bankruptcy, is another key contact.

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