Paul M. Architzel - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Paul M. Architzel

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 202-663-6240

Paul Architzel is a partner in the Securities Department, and a member of the Broker-Dealer Compliance and Regulation, Alternative Investment, Futures and Derivatives, FinTech and Investment Management Groups. He joined the firm in 2010.


Mr. Architzel will advise firm clients on commodity futures and derivatives rulemaking and enforcement, as recent regulatory reform mandates extensive new regulations over the swaps and derivatives markets.

Mr. Architzel’s practice focuses on all areas of futures regulation, including the regulation of commodity pools and commodity trading advisors, and the regulation of futures exchanges and futures commission merchants. He is an expert on issues involving the listed derivatives markets, the clearing and trading of OTC derivatives, end-user market participation and cross-border access issues. He also handles complex matters that involve the overlapping jurisdiction of securities and futures regulations, as well as compliance issues facing hedge funds and commodity pools. Architzel has practiced actively before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and is a frequent speaker at futures and derivatives industry conferences.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Architzel served as Chief Counsel of the Division of Economic Analysis, now the Division of Market Oversight, at the CFTC for more than 20 years, and was the chief architect of the Core Principle framework for futures market regulation codified by the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (CFMA). He also wrote the CFTC’s rules for regulated and exempt markets. Mr. Architzel also spent several years as the in-house chief US regulatory counsel for Eurex Frankfurt AG, a global derivatives/futures exchange and clearinghouse.

University of New York at AlbanyBA George Washington UniversityJ.D.

Office Location

1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Practice Areas

Derivatives and Futures Law