Athena Velie Eastwood

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

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Practice Areas

  • 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
 
Biography

Athena Velie 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.

News Releases

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

• Cadwalader Recognized With Two Major IFLR Americas Awards Mar 28, 2014

• Cadwalader Elects Five New Partners Dec 20, 2013

• Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards Nov 21, 2013

• The Legal 500 Recognizes More than 15 Cadwalader Practices and 47 of the Firm's Lawyers Across U.S. Offices Jun 06, 2012

• Cadwalader Further Strengthens Energy and Commodities Practice Feb 02, 2011

Recognition

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

• Cadwalader Recognized With Two Major IFLR Americas Awards Mar 28, 2014

• Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards Nov 21, 2013

• 2012 Legal 500 US Jun 06, 2012

Clients & Friends Memos

• EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants Jun 04, 2014

• Significant Upwind Impact: The Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule May 09, 2014

• CFTC Adopts Final Rules and Interpretations Further Defining Products and Final End-User Clearing Exception Rule; Proposes Clearing Exception for Swaps Entered into by Certain Cooperatives Jul 11, 2012

• EPA Proposes CO2 Emissions Standards for New Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Generators Apr 03, 2012

• Clean Energy Standard Legislation Introduced in Senate Mar 02, 2012

• Position Limits Rumors Become Reality: CFTC Adopts Final Position Limits Rule Under Dodd-Frank Oct 19, 2011

• EPA Finalizes Long-Awaited Transport Rule to Replace CAIR Jul 18, 2011

• American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut: The Supreme Court Bars Tort Lawsuits Challenging Greenhouse Gas Emissions Jul 14, 2011

• The Dodd-Frank Act: How It Impacts Specific Institutions, Entities and Transactions Jun 22, 2011

• FERC Orders Trader to Pay $30 Million for Market Manipulation Apr 22, 2011

• Summary of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Commodity Options & Agricultural Swaps Feb 08, 2011

Events

• A Conversation with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Jun 26, 2014

• L&C 2014 - 36th Annual FIA Law & Compliance Division Conference May 07, 2014

• ABA's Financial and Non-Financial End User Issues Under Dodd-Frank Webinar Mar 19, 2014

• 39th Annual International Futures Industry Conference Mar 11, 2014

• American Bar Association 2014 Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Meeting Feb 06, 2014

• Deloitte Dodd-Frank Leadership Academy Nov 13, 2013

• 2013 Energy & Commodities Conference Oct 10, 2013

• Virginia Governor's First Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium Sep 23, 2013

• Law & Compliance 2013 May 08, 2013

• NFA Registration Webinar Sep 05, 2012

Experience
•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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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...

Significant Upwind Impact: The Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Sohair A. Aguirre,Athena Velie Eastwood,Kenneth W. Irvin,Gregory K. Lawrence,Sarah Tucker, May 15, 2014
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”). EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., No. 12-1182. In a 6-2 decision, the majority held that: (1) the Clean Air Act...
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