Cheryl I. Aaron: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Cheryl I. Aaron

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Energy & Commodities Derivatives
  • Energy, Environmental & Commodities
  • Finance
  • Government Enforcement & Investigations
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • Trading & Transactions
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0917
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
Law SchoolBoston College Law School, J.D.; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Securities/Financial Regulation
Admitted2008, New York; Connecticut; District of Columbia

Professional Activities

Treasurer, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Board Chair, Anti-Defamation League Young Professionals Division
Associate Trustee, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Member, Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section of the DC Bar Association
Member, Energy Bar Association


Cheryl Aaron counsels oil trading companies, financial institutions and other commodity traders on investment and trading in oil, renewable fuels, other energy commodities and agricultural products. She helps clients draft commercial agreements and enter into structured transactions, and advises on a number of regulatory and commercial issues related to the purchase, sale, storage, exchange, financing, transportation and processing of commodities. She also provides advice on federal excise taxes and certain state taxes relating to the purchase and sale of energy commodities, in addition to U.S. sanctions laws and regulations, antiboycott laws and other export restrictions.

Cheryl advises clients on compliance with derivatives laws and regulations, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's related rules and interpretive guidance. In particular, she counsels energy firms and commodity traders on how they may be impacted by the new over-the-counter derivatives regulatory regime, including any cross-border implications. Cheryl also drafts and reviews documentation, and helps clients develop internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with their derivatives regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Cheryl was an associate in the structured finance group of an international law firm in New York. She also worked in government relations at a Washington, D.C. firm and served as an attorney intern for the Judiciary Committee office of Sen. Chuck Schumer. While completing her LL.M. degree at the Georgetown University Law Center, Cheryl was as an attorney intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and at the Investment Adviser Association.


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UK Banking Regulator Finalizes Rules Requiring Adherence to Contractual Stay
Cheryl I. Aaron,James M. Cain,Warren N. Davis,David T. McIndoe,Mark D. Sherrill, November 25, 2015
On November 13, the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a final policy statement titled “Contractual Stays in Financial Contracts Governed by Third-Country Law” (the PRA Policy Statement). These final rules create restrictions on contractual...

The SemCrude Bankruptcy: Commodity Traders Prevail Against Related Fraud and U.C.C. Claims
Cheryl I. Aaron,Travis Cole McCullough,Mark D. Sherrill, August 25, 2015
In 2008, SemCrude, L.P. and related entities (collectively, SemCrude or the Debtors) filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In connection with the SemCrude bankruptcy, a dispute arose between dozens of oil producers (the Producers) that sold oil to...

The U.S. and Other Nations Reach Historic Nuclear Deal with Iran
Cheryl I. Aaron,Mark D. Herlach,Beverly J. Rudy, July 16, 2015
On July 14, the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany) reached a historic nuclear agreement with Iran, following almost two years of negotiations. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the JCPOA or the Plan of Action), Iran will scale back its...
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Cheryl I. Aaron

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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