Mitch Fulscher played an important role in the development of the financial futures markets as a partner in the Chicago office of Arthur Andersen. He helped to establish accounting and internal control standards for financial institutions and corporate users of newly introduced financial futures.
In the 1970s, Fulscher played a key role in helping regulators and industry leaders understand how new interest rate futures contracts introduced by CME could be used as a tool for hedging interest rate risk, and how the products should be controlled, monitored and accounted for. He was widely respected as an expert in the area, advising banking and securities regulators as well as the newly established U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on accounting and control standards. He worked closely with FIA to promote this evolving industry, and consulted on the establishment of the self-regulatory organization NFA.
Later, in Zurich, he formed a project team within Andersen and assisted in the creation of the first fully computerized trading exchange - SOFFEX.
Fulscher transferred to Arthur Andersen’s Tokyo office in the 1980s, where he started to organize FIA Japan. Fulscher would go on to serve as chairman of FIA Japan for 18 years, and currently continues his involvement as chairman emeritus.