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Ira Kawaller is the principal and founder of Derivatives Litigation Services. Derivatives have been a consistent focus of interest for Kawaller for most of his career.


Before Derivatives Litigation Services, Kawaller was the President of Kawaller & Co., LLC, started in 1997, to assist commercial enterprises with their strategic and accounting issues pertaining to derivative instruments. The firm also provided litigation support in connection with a limited number of high-profile derivatives-related court cases. In addition to his activities under Kawaller & Company, Ira Kawaller also was the managing partner of the Kawaller Fund, a derivatives-only hedge fund, from 2003–2011. Prior positions included employment with Chicago Mercantile Exchange, J. Aron & Company, AT&T, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. 


Kawaller also served on the board of Hatteras Financial Corp (which merged with Annaly Capital Management, Inc.) and participated on their risk committee and compensation committee. He also served on a variety of professional boards and committees, including the board of the International Association of Financial Engineers (now the International Association for Quantitative Finance) and the Financial Accounting Standard Board's Derivatives Implementation Group.

Kawaller holds a Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University and has held adjunct professorships at Columbia University and Polytechnic University. He writes and lectures prodigiously, largely focusing on derivative contract market activity.

Get a sense of his communication skills by watching an interview with the Financial Management Network.


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