Athena Yvonne Eastwood represents commercial companies including, energy and commodity companies, and agricultural cooperatives as well as financial institutions and private equity in government investigations and regulatory, legislative and compliance matters involving commodities and derivatives. She has extensive experience with respect to all aspects of implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and its impact on end-users, swap dealers, futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators, and commodity trading advisors. Athena also advises clients with respect to a wide range of transactional matters relating to the purchase and sale of physical commodities, including crude oil, natural gas, coal, environmental commodity products, and agricultural commodities.
A frequent author, Athena also speaks regularly regarding commodities regulatory, compliance and enforcement developments. She is a member of the Futures Industry Association Legal and Compliance Division and has been noted in the Legal 500 United States. She is also an active member of the American Bar Assocation's Committee on Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments, the drafting committee of ISDA's Energy, Commodities and Developing Products Working Group, and the American Bar Association's Task Force on Human Trafficking. Athena is also an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School and the George Washington Law School in Washington D.C., where she teaches classes on energy commodities and derivatives regulation.
Athena received her J.D. from University of Virginia Law School, where she served as executive editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, and a B.A. from Georgetown University. She was a semifinalist in the Lile Moot Court Competition and was awarded regional best oralist in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Prior to law school, Athena worked as a United States Page for the Honorable Gerald B. Solomon, and served as an intern for Senator John Warner on Capitol Hill.
Formerly known professionally as Athena Velie, Athena is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
•Represents clients involved in government investigations and special calls by the CFTC, including market manipulation, trade practices, false reporting and other investigations. In conjunction therewith, she has prepared numerous compliance programs and has advised clients regarding trading practices in futures and over-the-counter energy and agricultural markets
•Advises clients with respect to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulatory developments, including with respect to Dodd-Frank Act implementation and the registration of swap dealers and major swap participants
•Advises swap dealers regarding breadth of regulations relating to CCO Annual Reports, risk management, conflicts and business conduct rules with counterparties
•Advises agricultural companies and cooperatives regarding forward contracts and other risk management programs
•Advises commercial companies regarding characterization issues relating to forward contracts and trade options
•Drafts and negotiates commodity brokerage agreements, asset management agreements and commodity purchase and sale agreements, including bespoke agreements, as well as ISDAs, EEIs, NAESBs VERPAs and SCoTAs among others
•Advises clients with respect to the regulatory treatment of and transactional considerations relating to the purchase and sale of specific physical commodities, including crude oil, natural gas, coal, novel environmental commodity products, and agricultural commodities
•Works with U.S. bank and hedge fund clients initiating commodity trading desks
•Advises clients with respect to CFTC and NFA registration and compliance requirements
•Advises agricultural cooperatives regarding CFTC regulatory requirements, as well as the applicability and requirements of the Capper Volstead Act's antitrust exemption
News & Resources
• Cadwalader Launches Comprehensive Interactive State Guide to Human Trafficking Legislation Mar 23, 2015
• Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014 Jun 27, 2014
Clients & Friends Memos
• CFTC / CME Settle Misappropriation Case Dec 03, 2015
• FIA L&C 2015 Program Jun 22, 2015