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William C. Thum

William C. Thum

Global Head of Derivatives Legal and Regulatory
The Vanguard Group

William C. Thum is a Principal of The Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, PA, and Global Head of the Derivatives Legal and Regulatory Practice Group.  Mr. Thum chairs the Investment Company Institute’s Derivatives Market Advisory Committee, formerly chaired the Steering Committee of SIFMA’s Asset Management Group, and speaks at ISDA, SIFMA, ICI and other conferences.  He has written numerous articles on derivatives issues and works with global regulators, trade associations and service providers in developing the new global architecture and regulatory framework for derivatives.

Prior to joining Vanguard in 2010, Mr. Thum was a partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP where he concentrated on derivatives regulatory issues and trading agreements.  From 1998 to 2007, he was head of institutional securities documentation at Morgan Stanley.  Previously, he held similar positions at UBS and BNP Paribas in New York and at Kleinwort Benson in London and was involved in the drafting of the foundational derivatives master agreements and product definitions.

Mr. Thum received his JD from The American University, Washington College of Law and his BA in International Relations and Economics from Bucknell University.  He is admitted to the bar in New York and Pennsylvania.

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