James L. Koutoulas, Esq. is the CEO of Typhon Capital Management, a CTA/CPO which operates the Arion Financials Program, Chiron Currency Program, Plutus Grain Strategy, and Tauros Livestock Strategy. Typhon also manages the Hydra Multi-Strategy Agricultural Fund, LP.
James is the President and Co-Founder of the Commodity Customer Coalition, a non-profit customer advocacy organization formed in response to the MF Global bankruptcy. The CCC has 10,000+ members and works with regulators, Congress, and industry leaders to better protect commodities customers. James has been a vocal advocate for commodity customers, appearing regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, featured in major national print publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Reuters, and has written advocacy pieces for ZeroHedge. James is on the Board of Directors of the National Futures Association where he serves on the Executive and Appeals Committees.
Mr. Koutoulas has a J.D. from The Northwestern University School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar. He serves as a consulting expert to the Northwestern Investor Protection Clinic and is a member of Mensa. James also has a degree in Finance from the University of Florida, where he was a National Merit Scholar, AP National Scholar, and Angelo Langadas Classics Scholar.
CCC Co-Founder John L. Roe is the President of Roe Capital Management, a registered Commodity Trading Advisor, and a principal of futures broker BTR Trading Group. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Futures Association. Mr. Roe currently serves as the CCC's Vice-President.
As both a customer and general creditor of MF Global, John's entire business ground to a halt the day MF Global filed for bankruptcy. Realizing that customers were not receiving adequate representation, John sought to cobble together a working group of industry professionals to ensure customer interests would not be steamrolled by the bankruptcy process. He reached out to fellow CTA James Koutoulas and the two began a legal, public relations and lobbying campaign on behalf of MF Global customers. From these efforts, the CCC was born.
Mr. Roe has been instrumental in growing the CCC into an effective public interest organization. He has led the charge in crafting and advancing CCC proposed reforms designed strengthen customer protections. He is currently advising members of Congress to advance a broad range of reforms which he detailed in testimony before the Senate last year. He has proposed a private voluntary customer protection fund called the Commodity Insurance Corporation as a means to insure customer assets against FCM default. He also leads a group of industry professionals who are testing alternative methods of collateral segregation. His work with the CCC has been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and more, as well as in appearances on Bloomberg, CNN's The Situation Room and PBS.
Hilary Escajeda serves as CCC’s Secretary/Treasurer. Ms. Escajeda is an attorney who has traded futures since 2007. Her trading experience includes the seamless transition of client accounts from REFCO and the MF Global debacle. Attorney Escajeda received her Juris Doctor and Masters of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver College of Law. Since 1998, her legal experience includes individual and corporate representation on tax matters. She has also served as an expert witness and faculty for Colorado Bar Association’s Continuing Education Program. Additionally, Ms. Escajeda serves as Co-Executive Director of a new non-profit focused on job creation for disadvantaged workers by harnessing the power of faith communities. Attorney Escajeda is admitted to practice law in Colorado and before the United States Tax Court.