Catherine M. Krupka: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Catherine M. Krupka

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Energy, Environmental & Commodities
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Government Enforcement & Investigations
  • Natural Gas
  • Trading & Transactions
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0248
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of San Francisco, B.S.; University of San Francisco, M.B.A., with honors
Law SchoolBoston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude Editor-in-Chief, International Law Journal
Admitted1995, California; 1997, District of Columbia; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Activities

Member, Federal Energy Bar Association
Member, Law and Compliance Division, Futures Industry Association
Member, Women's Council on Energy and the Environment


Catherine Krupka advises commodities trading companies, including financial services companies, energy marketers and asset owners, on compliance and enforcement, agency regulation and business transaction issues arising from trading physical and financial power, natural gas, emissions, crude and refined products.

Head of the power regulatory practice, Catherine represents market participants in audits and investigations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Department of Energy (DOE), Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and other state agencies and public utility commissions. She conducts internal investigations, responds to agency inquiries and negotiates the resolution of audit and investigatory matters related to power, natural gas, crude oil and liquids. She has worked extensively on implementation and impact of rulemakings of the Dodd-Frank Act. She also assesses internal practices and implements compliance programs related to market manipulation, position limits and reporting, transaction and price reporting, greenhouse gas and other emissions reporting, document retention, interlocking officer and director positions, regional reliability standards, DOE efficiency standards and the Public Utility Holding Company Act.

Catherine advises clients on energy transactions, including mergers, company and asset acquisitions/dispositions, energy/asset management and tolling arrangements and transmission and scheduling services agreements. She manages due diligence for all types of energy transactions, including regulatory due diligence, and advises on the regulatory obligations associated with acquisitions/dispositions, including FERC approvals and jurisdictional waivers.

Catherine helps establish trading organizations, from companies growing their business from within to those integrating an acquired trading business. In this capacity, she advises on the requirements necessary to enter into and participate in the wholesale energy markets, including market-based rate authorizations, DOE import and export licenses, qualifying facility certifications and state registrations.

Selected Experience
Sutherland conducts comprehensive compliance review and program implement for energy firm.
Sutherland defends an energy trading company in FERC and CFTC investigations.
Sutherland advises on creation of two new power trading firms.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Fortnightly as a Top Utility Lawyer of 2011

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of electricity regulation and litigation (2010-2014)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, DC, Super Lawyers (2013-2014)


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CFTC Division of Market Oversight Releases Questions for June 19 Roundtable on Position Limits
James M. Cain,Daphne G. Frydman,Catherine M. Krupka,David T. McIndoe,R. Michael Sweeney, June 23, 2014
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will host a public roundtable on June 19, 2014, to discuss questions related to a proposed rulemaking to establish speculative position limits for 28 exempt and agricultural commodity futures and option contracts and their economically equivalent...

Storm Clouds Continue to Gather Over Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors
James M. Cain,Daphne G. Frydman,Catherine M. Krupka,David T. McIndoe,Mark D. Sherrill, June 6, 2014
As noted in a previous Sutherland Legal Alert, the American Bankruptcy Institute has formed a Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission). To further its goal of proposing changes to modernize the Bankruptcy Code, the Commission formed a number of advisory committees, including...

FERC Issues a NOPR Reforming Gas Day and Two Orders to Improve Natural Gas - Electric Generation Industry Coordination
Paul F. Forshay,Daniel E. Frank,Meghan R. Gruebner,Jennifer J.K. Herbert,Catherine M. Krupka, March 28, 2014
On March 20, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)1 and two separate, but related, Orders2 to improve the coordination of scheduling natural gas pipeline capacity to meet increasing demand from gas-powered electricity markets....
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Catherine M. Krupka

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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