Brian Bussey is a Washington, DC-based lawyer and former regulator who most recently served as director of clearing for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He took early retirement in 2019 after 22 years of federal government service.
He joined the CFTC in September of 2017. He was previously associate director for derivatives policy for the Securities and Exchange Commission's division of trading and markets, coming to that agency during the Obama administration.
Bussey joined the SEC in 1998, first working as senior counsel in the Office of General Counsel and then as special counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the Division of Trading and Markets.
He was head of the Office of Trading Practices and Processing at the SEC, where he expanded the clearance and settlement program. He was previously assistant chief counsel in the same office from 2003 to 2009. Before that, Bussey was counsel to former SEC chairmen William Donaldson and Harvey Pitt and former acting chairman Laura Unger from 2001 to 2003.
Before joining the SEC, he worked at the Chicago-based firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a corporate associate from 1996 to 1998. Early in his career, Bussey served as a law clerk to Judge E. Grady Jolly at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Bussey received his JD with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, and was awarded Order of the Coif. He received his BA, cum laude, from Pomona College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
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