Gary DeWaal, special counsel in the Financial Services group, was interviewed by Bloomberg BNA's Securities & Capital Markets on Bloomberg Law regarding the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) recent announcement on its fiscal year 2017 enforcement action results. It was noted that monetary sanctions were less than half of what was collected in 2016, and that the overall number of enforcement actions was down. Gary attributed the drop to "a normal ebb and flow in enforcement cases and their progress." Gary stated that CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo "has made clear that strong enforcement is important," and that the selection of former Assistant U.S. Attorney James McDonald as enforcement director "is a testament to this commitment." ("CFTC Enforcement Actions Drop Sharply in 2017," November 22, 2017)