Johnson Awarded Grant for OTC Derivatives Study

Christian Johnson, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was recently awarded a $21,000 grant to study over-the-counter derivatives by the The Federalist Society for Law  and Public Policy Studies.  The title for the project is “Regulatory Arbitrage, Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and Title VII of Dodd-Frank:  The U.S. Race to the top of OTC Derivative Regulation.”  The project will study the effect of efforts by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to impose the Dodd Frank OTC derivative reforms not only here in the U.S., but also on the OTC derivative activities of U.S. dealers and companies conducted outside U.S. borders. According to Johnson, various G-20 countries are currently enacting legislative reforms similar to those already undertaken in the U.S. He credits Kathy Christiansen, Director of Grants & Contracts Development at the College of Law for her help in applying for and receiving the grant.