EXCLUSIVE: Interview with CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo

Author: John Crabb | Published: 13 Jun 2019

In the latest edition of our interview series, outgoing chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Christopher Giancarlo, talks once more to America editor John Crabb about his tenure at the Commission, his proudest moments, and the harmonisation of financial regulation on a global scale.

What took up the majority of your time during your years at the CFTC?

Mike Tyson said that 'everybody has a plan until they take the first punch', and there is an old military proverb that says everyone can have a plan, but no plan survives contact with the enemy. Every incoming chairman comes in with an agenda, and then you find that things you never anticipated affect you.

I laid out my agenda in the very first speech I gave at FIA Boca in March 2017 after becoming acting-chairman. I distilled it down to three areas: to address those parts of the...