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Christopher Balkos

Christopher practices with the Firm’s Banking, Finance and Major Projects group. Christopher’s experience includes debt and equity financings for both publicly traded and private companies, domestic and cross-border going public transactions, and public and private mergers and acquisitions. Christopher previously worked in international asset management, private equity, and real estate development. Christopher graduated on the Dean’s List from Western University in the H.B.A./J.D. dual-degree program between Western’s Faculty of Law and Ivey Business School. Christopher received Western’s Global and Intercultural Engagement Honour recognizing his global experience in both curricular and extracurricular activities.

Starting in March, both multinational companies and asset managers that trade US futures and certain other derivatives will face new, but long-awaited, position limit rules. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or “Commission”) recently amended its rules (“Final Rule”) limiting speculative positions that market participants may take in certain commodities contracts. While the US position limit regime is intended to limit speculation on commodities, the Final Rule covers derivatives commonly used by companies to manage agricultural, energy and other commodity risks. The Final Rule expands the scope of the US position limit regime to include not only specified futures but also swaps that are economically equivalent to those futures.