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Steve Valji is a Bates Testifying Expert with extensive knowledge and experience in derivatives trading and risk. His expertise includes exchange traded derivative markets, options market making and electronic trading, options pricing models, commodities futures trading, portfolio hedging and market structure. Before becoming an expert witness and consultant, Mr. Valji was a trader with Tullett Prebon Americas Corp./Bridgeton Research Group, a cross-asset derivatives group providing industry research as well as futures and options execution.
Prior to joining Tullett, Mr. Valji spent more than twenty years as an options market maker and risk manager with Kottke Associates and with Blue Oak Capital, LLC where he was a member of ICE Futures, U.S. His highlights include being a high volume liquidity provider in commodities options covering a wide range of market dynamics. He managed risks for a complex options portfolio during the 2008 financial crisis as well as other periods of significant market shocks. As a member of ICE, Mr. Valji played an active role in self-regulatory activities of the exchange as options floor committee chairman and a member of the settlement committee.
Mr. Valji received his MBA in Finance, with distinction, from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and he completed his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. Mr. Valji has testified on the operation of futures markets for a recent commodities futures trading case.
Bates Group LLC, Testifying Expert, 2018 – Present
Tullett Prebon Americas Corp. /Bridgeton Research Group, LLC, Sales/Trader, Norwalk, CT, 2016
Kottke Associates, Inc., Senior Options Trader, New York, NY, 2013 - 2014
Blue Oak Capital, LLC, Managing Member, Options Trader/Risk Manager, New York, NY, 2000 - 2012
Master of Business (MBA), Finance, New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York, NY
Bachelor of Science (BS), Business, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Member, ICE Futures U.S. (Formerly, New York Board of Trade)
Member, National Futures Association
NYBOT Options Floor Committee
NYBOT Settlement Committee