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Akshay N. Belani


As of November 24, 2014 practicing with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Akshay Belani focuses his practice on derivatives and the application of derivatives in trading, structured products and capital markets. He has practiced in the derivatives area since his graduation from law school, and his practice covers a broad range of financial products and services.

Akshay regularly represents hedge funds, banks, institutional investors, broker-dealers and other financial institutions in all aspects of their futures, derivatives and commodities trading with a focus on equity, credit, fixed income, foreign exchange and commodity instruments. In addition, he has substantial experience in futures, derivatives and commodities laws and regulations affecting both buy- and sell-side market participants and has participated in industry groups in the development of standardized documentation in the OTC and cleared derivatives markets. He has been a frequent speaker and writer on topics related to the new global derivatives market structure (with an emphasis on Dodd-Frank) and regularly advises clients on related issues.

Akshay also participates in pro bono matters and has been active in the Say Yes To Education Program as well as the Start Small Think Big Clinic.

During law school, Akshay spent time at NASD, Inc. (now FINRA) as an intern in the Division of Enforcement where he assisted in the investigation and filing of enforcement proceedings against NASD member firms and individuals.


  • U.S. Prudential Regulators and CFTC Margin Rule Re-Proposals for Uncleared Swaps, Credit Suisse Teach-in, New York (2014)
  • Relevance of Title VII of Dodd-Frank to End-Users of Physical Commodities, New York State Bar Association, Derivatives and Structured Products Law Committee Meeting (2014)
  • Relevance of Title VII of Dodd-Frank to End-Users of Physical Commodities, Bingham Seminar, New York (2014)
  • Derivatives Reform and Enforcement: A Mid-Year Assessment, Bingham Seminar, New York (2014) 
  • U.S. Regulatory and Enforcement Update: Key Considerations for Asset Managers Under the CFTC and Dodd-Frank Regimes, Bingham Webinar (2014)
  • The New Paradigm for Swaps Trading: Overview of Clearing and Trade Execution, Bingham Webinar (September 2013)
  • Basics of Derivatives; ISDA Documentation; Credit Default Swaps, Bingham Training, New York (February 2011)



  • American Bar Association, Committee on Futures and Derivatives Law
  • New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Futures and Derivatives Regulation

Awards & Honors

  • CALI Award for Excellent Achievement in Corporate Finance
  • Member, New York International Law Review

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