Conrad G. Bahlke practices in the areas of derivative transactions, commodities regulation and banking regulation. He represents banks, corporations, governmental organizations, investment funds (including private equity funds, hedge funds and mutual funds), sovereign nations, central banks, pension plans and individuals in structuring and entering into a broad variety of derivative instruments and commodity transactions, including credit, equity, commodity, energy, weather, interest rate and currency derivatives.

Mr. Bahlke also advises clients on related financial services regulatory matters. He represents clients before banking and commodities regulatory agencies, self-regulatory organizations, exchanges and clearinghouses on acquisitions, regulatory audit, registration, risk management and compliance matters. He has advised on litigation, mediated disputes related to derivatives, and has represented clients on significant derivatives-related matters in bankruptcy.  Mr. Bahlke has recently been advising clients on a wide variety of matters raised by the Dodd-Frank Act and related commodities, securities and banking regulations, and by evolving financial technology including distributed ledger technology.

Mr. Bahlke has held prior positions with the Federal Reserve Board and with the Division of Economic Analysis and Planning of the Chicago Board of Trade. He is a frequent speaker and writer on derivatives, commodities and banking topics.


  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Nationwide Capital Markets: Derivatives category.
  • Listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Capital Markets: Derivatives category. 
  • Recognized in The Legal 500 USA for Structured Finance: Derivatives and Structured Products.
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers for work in business/corporate and banking.
  • Recipient of the National Public Service Award of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section for pro bono work with the United Nations World Food Programme on the world’s first humanitarian relief-related weather derivatives transaction.
  • Shortlisted with Stroock for 2014 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards, "Innovation in a Social Responsibility Project" category, for work with African Risk Capacity, a Specialized Agency of the African Union.


  • Member, Committee on Futures and Derivatives Instruments, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York City Bar Association
    • Member, Banking Law Committee
    • Affiliate Member, Committee on Futures and Derivatives 
    • Chair, Subcommittee on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    • Member, Committee on the United Nations
  • Member, Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Editors, Futures and Derivatives Law Report


  • Speaker, "Blockchain Technology and the Financial System: Legal and Regulatory Issues", New York City Bar Association, Futures & Derivatives Regulation Committee, June 14, 2017
  • Speaker, "The Federal Reserve Board's Proposed Rule on Mandatory Contractual Stays for Qualified Financial Contracts," Futures Industry Association Webinar, March 9, 2017
  • Moderator, "The Bankruptcy Code and the Derivatives Safe Harbor," New York City Bar Association Conference: Where Bankruptcy and Derivatives Collide, March 7, 2017
  • Speaker, "State of the Market: Assessing the Evolution and Impact of Dodd-Frank on the Derivatives Market to Date," American Conference Institute, Global Market Regulatory Summit on Swaps and Derivative Transactions, Washington, DC, November 30, 2016
  • Speaker, "Blockchain Regulation in a Trump Administration," RegTech Summit US, New York, NY, November 17, 2016
  • Speaker, "Blockchain and How It Will Change Our Business," American College of Investment Counsel Annual Meeting, New York, NY, October 20-21, 2016
  • Speaker, "Swap Collateral Documentation and the New Final Margin Regulations for Uncleared Swaps," Strafford Webinar, September 29, 2016
  • Speaker, "Blockchain Technology and the Financial System: Legal and Regulatory Issues," New York State Bar Association, Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee, May 13, 2016
  • Speaker, "Blockchain Technology and the Financial System: Legal and Regulatory Issues," Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Markets Lawyers Group, April 7, 2016
  • Speaker, "United Nations World Food Programme and African Union: Derivative Instrument and Insurance Initiatives," Columbia Law School, New York, NY, November 2015
  • Speaker, "U.S. Regulation Update," London Bullion Market Association, September 16, 2015
  • Speaker, "Bank Regulatory Developments," American Bar Association Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Winter Meeting, Naples, FL, January 23, 2015


  • Co-author, "CFTC's DSIO Issues Time-Limited No-Action Letter Relating to Variation Margin Requirements," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 14, 2017
  • Co-author, "President Trump Signs Executive Order on Financial Regulation," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 7, 2017 
  • Co-author, "Federal Reserve Board Announces Procedure for Banking Entities to Qualify for Extension to Conform Investments in ‘Illiquid Funds’," Stroock Special Bulletin, December 21, 2016
  • Co-author, "Guidance on Annual Affirmation Requirements for Persons Operating under Exemptions from CPO and CTA Registration," Stroock Special Bulletin, December 8, 2016
  • Co-author, "Unblocking the Blockchain: Regulating Distributed Ledger Technology," Futures & Derivatives Law Report, November 2016
  • Co-author, "Cross-Border Application of Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps," Stroock Special Bulletin, June 6, 2016
  • Co-author, "FinCEN Orders an Expansion of Anti-Money Laundering Programs," Stroock Special Bulletin, June 2, 2016
  • Co-author, "CFTC Proposed Regulation AT," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 26, 2016
  • Co-author, "'Arrange, Negotiate or Execute' – Guidance in SEC Final Rule on De Minimis Exception," Stroock Special Bulletin, February 24, 2016
  • Co-author, "Final Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps: A Comparison," Stroock Special Bulletin, January 25, 2016
  • Co-author, "Recent Developments in the Regulatory treatment of Bitcoin," Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, January 2016
  • Co-author, "Recent Developments in the Regulatory Treatment of Bitcoin," Stroock Special Bulletin, October 19, 2015
  • "Dodd-Frank Five Years In: Regulation, Documentation, Unknowns," Futures and Derivatives Law Report, July 2015, Vol. 35, Issue 6 
  • Co-author, "SEC Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Proposal," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 13, 2015
  • Co-author, "Checkpoint: Update - Implementation Schedule of Margin Requirements for Uncleared Derivatives," Derivatives: Financial Products Report, April 2015, Vol. 16 No. 8
  • Co-author, "Update: Implementation Schedule of Margin Requirements for Uncleared Derivatives," Stroock Special Bulletin, March 30, 2015
  • Co-author, "Final Regulations Implementing the Volcker Rule: Proprietary Trading," Stroock Special Bulletin, March 21, 2014
  • Co-author, "CFTC Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Position Limits for Derivatives and Aggregation of Positions," Stroock Special Bulletin, January 14, 2014
  • Co-author, "CFTC Adopts Substituted Compliance Regime for Commodity Pool Operators of Registered Investment Companies," Stroock Special Bulletin, August 27, 2013
  • Co-author, "CFTC Issues Interpretive Guidance and Exemptive Order Regarding Cross Border Swap Regulations," Stroock Special Bulletin, July 25, 2013
  • Co-author, "CFTC No-Action Relief from Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Swap Transaction Counterparties that are Neither Swap Dealers Nor Major Swap Participants," Derivatives: Financial Products Report, May 2013
  • Co-author, "CFTC and SEC Adopt Identity Theft Red Flag Rules," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 8, 2013
  • Co-author, "Federal Reserve Board Releases Proposed Rule on Assessments for Bank Holding Companies, Savings and Loan Holding Companies, and Certain Nonbank Financial Companies with $50 Billion or More in Assets," Stroock Special Bulletin, May 2, 2013
  • Co-author, "CFTC No-Action Relief from Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Swap Transaction Counterparties that are Neither Swap Dealers Nor Major Swap Participants," Stroock Special Bulletin, April 29, 2013
  • Co-author, "Non-U.S. Regulators and the CFTC's Proposed Interpretive Guidance on Cross-Border Regulation of Swaps," Stroock Special Bulletin, November 7, 2012


New York; Massachusetts


J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1984

M.B.A., University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 1984

B.A., Oberlin College, 1980



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