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 The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: regulatory (2015)

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 (2010-2015)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, DC, Super Lawyers (2013-2015)


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CFTC Amends Regulation 1.35
Brian Barrett,James M. Cain,Daphne G. Frydman,Catherine M. Krupka,David T. McIndoe, February 4, 2016
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Regulation 1.35 requires futures commission merchants (FCMs), retail foreign exchange dealers (RFEDs), introducing brokers (IBs) and members of a swap execution facility (SEF) or designated contract market (DCM) (each a Covered Person and...

Preliminary Report on the Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception
Brian Barrett,James M. Cain,Daphne G. Frydman,Catherine M. Krupka,David T. McIndoe, December 11, 2015
On November 18, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a much anticipated report on the de minimis exception from the “swap dealer” definition, the Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Preliminary Report (the Preliminary Report). Unfortunately, and as further...

FERC Proposes Expansive "Connected Entity" Reporting Requirement
Paul F. Forshay,Daniel E. Frank,Meghan R. Gruebner,Catherine M. Krupka,R. Michael Sweeney, October 16, 2015
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed requiring the operators of centralized wholesale power markets to collect and provide to FERC a broad range of market participant data, including (i) each market participant’s “Legal Entity Identifier” (LEI), which is a...

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Catherine M. Krupka

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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