Athena Yvonne Eastwood

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 862 2294

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  • Business Fraud & White Collar Defense
  • Commodities & Futures Regulation
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Commodities
  • Energy & Commodities Investigations
  • Energy & Commodities Regulation & Compliance
  • Energy & Commodities Transactions
  • Financial Regulation
  • Government & Internal Investigations and Defense
  • Litigation
  • Renewables
  • Swap Regulation
University Georgetown University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1999 Semifinalist in the Lile Moot Court Competition, Regional Best Oralist in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2002 Executive Editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal
Admitted2002, Virginia; District of Columbia

Athena Yvonne Eastwood represents financial institutions, hedge funds, energy and commodity companies, and agricultural cooperatives 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 swap dealers, end-users, 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, she also speaks regularly regarding commodities regulatory, compliance and enforcement developments. Athena is a member of the Executive Committee 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 ABA's Committee on Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments and the drafting committee of ISDA's Energy, Commodities and Developing Products Working Group. 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
•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

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Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014 Jun 27, 2014


Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014 Jun 27, 2014


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Unregistered CTA Summit Energy Services: Choose Your Words Wisely Feb 09, 2015


Spring Energy & Commodities Regulation, Compliance and Enforcement Conference Mar 19, 2015


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New Exchange Rules on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart
Sohair A. Aguirre,Isabelle S. Corbett,Athena Yvonne Eastwood,Jonathan H. Flynn,Neal E. Kumar, March 25, 2015
On January 14, 2015, the Intercontinental Exchange (“ICE”) rule prohibiting disruptive trading practices (ICE Rule 4.02) became effective. The ICE Rule is substantively the same as Rule 575 passed by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, the...

Unregistered CTA Summit Energy Services: Choose Your Words Wisely
Athena Yvonne Eastwood,Andrew M. Greenberg,Neal E. Kumar,Gregory K. Lawrence, March 25, 2015
A recent case highlights the importance of periodically reviewing an energy company's marketing materials and related activities (including statements made on websites) to ensure that the company is not holding itself out -- without CFTC registration -- as a CTA (commodity trading advisor). A...

EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants
Athena Velie Eastwood,Douglas H. Fischer,Kenneth W. Irvin,Neal E. Kumar,Gregory K. Lawrence, June 11, 2014
On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, which would impose the first federal limits on carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants in the United States. The proposed rules, which the EPA published pursuant to Section 111(d) of the Clean Air...

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Athena Yvonne Eastwood

700 Sixth Street, N.W.
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