Danielle Schonback focuses her practice on representing investment banks, hedge funds and energy and commodity companies in a variety of transactional, regulatory and risk management matters.
Danielle has considerable experience drafting, analyzing and negotiating physical and financial commodity-related agreements including purchase and sale agreements, energy management agreements, agricultural repurchase agreements, commodity hedge agreements, netting agreements as well as standardized industry agreements such as ISDAs, EEIs and NAESBs. She also advises clients on international and domestic regulatory and documentation issues related to structured commodity and derivatives transactions, and on-exchange and over-the-counter energy transactions in cash and derivatives markets. Danielle has represented clients involved in government investigations into natural gas transaction price reporting and market manipulation conducted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
During law school, Danielle interned at the CFTC where she researched and reviewed various matters relating to commodity trading for an administrative law judge in the Office of Proceedings. Danielle served as note and comment editor for The American University Law Review.
Danielle received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and her B.A. from Boston College. Danielle is a member of the state bars of New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
· Represented a financial institution in acquiring the power, natural gas, metals and crude oil trading portfolio of a power marketer;
· Represented the power marketing affiliate of a financial institution in connection with the sale of its power and natural gas trading business;
· Represented the commodity arm of a financial institution in its acquisition of the wholesale power trading and natural gas portfolio of a major power marketer;
· Negotiated, on behalf of a major commercial bank acting as a swap counterparty, the swap documentation, gas remarketing agreement, indenture and associated documents for a municipal pre-paid natural gas transaction and a separate pre-paid electricity transaction;
· Represented a commodity trading firm in connection with the negotiation of a Master Purchase and Repurchase Agreement with a wholesale grain dealer;
· Negotiated, on behalf of the commodity arm of a financial institution, a complex hedge agreement, which contained several financially-settled heat rate options.