- Business Fraud & White Collar Defense
- Commodities & Futures Regulation
- Energy & Commodities
- Energy & Commodities Investigations
- Energy & Commodities Regulation & Compliance
- Energy & Commodities Transactions
- Financial Regulation
- Government & Internal Investigations and Defense
- 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 School||University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2002 Executive Editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal|
|Admitted||2002, Virginia; District of Columbia|
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 commodity assets, 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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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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