Cargill Discusses Regulatory Concerns on Policy Call

New CMC member, Cargill, represented by Michael Ricks, VP of the North American Grain and Oilseeds group, discussed their regulatory priorities and concerns for 2012 with other CMC members and staff. They covered topics in the financial, agricultural and energy arenas.


Sutherland Adds Two Energy/Derivatives Partners in Washington, D.C.

CMC partners with Dave McIndoe and Michael Sweeney, of the Energy Working Group, on Dodd-Frank issues.  We are excited to continue our work with them as they join the Sutherland office.

Sutherland Adds Two Energy/Derivatives Partners in Washington, D.C.

Bringing Together Leading Advisers in Post-Dodd-Frank Commodities and Derivatives Regulation

WASHINGTON (Monday, January 23, 2012)Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP today announced that David T. McIndoe and R. Michael Sweeney, Jr., previously co-heads of the Commodities Trading Group at Hunton & Williams LLP, have joined the firm as partners in Sutherland’s Washington, D.C., office.

“David and Michael have played prominent roles in advising the nation’s largest energy and financial companies as these firms have navigated the challenges posed by the financial reforms created under the Dodd-Frank Act. Our new colleagues will bolster and complement Sutherland’s already comprehensive derivatives and energy trading practices,Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman said.   Read more of this post

CMC Hosts Mike Ricks from Cargill on Today’s Policy Call

Mike Ricks from Cargill will provide an overview of his company and discuss Cargill’s regulatory concerns/issues on this week’s member only Policy Call.

Michael Ricks is a Vice President in the North American Grain and Oilseeds group within Cargill. In his capacity he has oversight of North American wheat trading and commercial responsibility for export assets located in Houston, Albany, Toledo and Portland. He has been with Cargill for 12 years. Prior to that he worked 13 years with Continental Grain at various merchandising locations within the US and Asia. He was past Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. He was raised on a grain farm in west central Minnesota and holds an MS and BS degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University.

Dan Basse of AgResource Company Discusses Global Agricultural Markets on CMC’s Policy Call

Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company, provided a broad yet detailed overview of global agricultural markets. His tour de force presentation covered corn, wheat, soybean, livestock and feed markets in North America, South America, Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa. Dan was a widely acclaimed speaker at CMC’s State of the Industry annual meeting in 2011 and he will be presenting again in Palm Beach, Florida at this year’s event (Jan 29 – 31).

Capital Alpha Partners Share Political and Policy Intelligence on CMC’s Policy Call

Chuck Gabriel, President and Founder of Capital Alpha Partners, and Joe Engelhard, Senior VP at the same firm, shared their thoughts exclusively with CMC members on political and policy topics yesterday. Chuck, who will also be a prominent speaker at CMC’s State of the Industry event in Palm Beach, FL later this month, spoke about the 2012 presidential election race and its possible impact on sectors of the economy, whereas Joe focused on potential legislative developments with the Dodd-Frank Act, including Title VII which pertains to derivatives. The call was very well attended by the membership and generated several questions from an engaged audience.

CMC Hosts Capital Alpha Partners on Member Policy Call Today

Representatives from Capital Alpha Partners will address political and policy issues relevant to CMC members 

Chuck Gabriel, President and Managing Director, will discuss the Iowa caucuses being held today, the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, and the 2012 presidential race in general. Chuck will also be a prominent featured speaker at CMC’s SOTI event in Palm Beach later this month.

  • Chuck is a twenty-eight-year veteran of political forecasting for institutional investors and President of Capital Alpha Partners, the independent Washington research firm he co-founded in late 2007.  In addition to election risk and overall policy-related investment strategy, he specializes in trends and developments impacting the mortgage, specialty finance and education sectors.
  • From 1995-2007, Chuck worked for Prudential Financial,  ultimately serving as senior vice president and head of Prudential Equity Group (PEG) Washington Research.  He joined Prudential in February 1995, twelve years after entering the field as a partner in The Washington Forum, a division of the former Drexel Burnham Lambert.  He was cited on the Institutional Investor All American Team for the category of Washington research every year between 1994 and 2006 (ranked I.I. number one among hedge funds in 2004 and 2005) and has been a frequent guest on business-related television shows.
  • Before entering the field, he worked as a legislative assistant to Rep. Clarence J. Brown of Ohio.  Chuck is a graduate of George Washington University, and has four daughters (Darcy, Hillary, Courtney, and Charlie) and a son (Matthew).  He was born in Landstuhl, Germany on March 22, 1955 and is the son of former Air Force General Charles A. Gabriel, a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1982-1986.

Joseph Engelhard, Senior VP, will be on hand to discuss financial regulation and derivatives issues (only time-permitting and if the conversation should steer in that direction).

  • Mr. Engelhard analyzes legislative and policy risk in banking, capital markets and insurance sectors and advises institutional investors about the likely implications of these policy changes.  He is a twenty year veteran of public policy issues and has held a wide variety of senior level positions in the U.S. government.  As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade & Investment Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, Mr. Engelhard led the free trade agreement negotiations in the banking and securities sectors and also chaired the inter-agency CFIUS meetings that performed a national security review of any purchase of a U.S. company by foreign governments or corporations.   As General Counsel of the Joint Economic Committee and as Senior Counsel at the Domestic and International Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, he worked on a number of financial reform bills including passage of the Gramm Leach Bliley Act.  He also led a number of international financial sector reform initiatives while a senior executive at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he also was a member of the bank’s executive committee.  Prior to joining Cap Alpha, he represented a trade association for the property and casualty industry where he covered federal and international insurance regulation, rating agency reform and solvency issues.  Joe received his B.A. in political science from St. Louis University and J.D. from Fordham Law School.  He lives in Great Falls, VA with his wife Nancy and their four children.