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How does a bunch of nerds in corporate treasuries mobilize to keep their best risk management practices and change the minds of members of Congress? They’re doing it now to protect over-the-counter derivatives. It started when a few alert practitioners at companies like Cargill, Chesapeake Energy and 3M, as well as vigilant technology vendors and lobbyists, spotted a provision that would require central clearing of all derivative trades buried in cap-and-trade energy legislation that had passed the House in June 2009. They blew the whistle.

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