Paul J. Pantano Jr.

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 862 2410

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Practice Areas

  • Bank Regulation
  • Business Fraud & White Collar Defense
  • Commodities & Futures Regulation
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Commodities
  • Energy & Commodities Investigations
  • Swap Regulation
  • Energy & Commodities Regulation & Compliance
  • Energy & Commodities Transactions
  • Financial Regulation
  • Government & Internal Investigations and Defense
  • Litigation
  • Renewables
Contact InfoTelephone: 202 862 2410
Fax: 202 862 2400
University Trinity College, B.A.
Law SchoolDuke University School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1980, District of Columbia

Paul J. Pantano, Jr., the head of Cadwalader's Energy & Commodities Group, focuses his practice in the areas of energy, commodities and derivatives law. He represents energy companies, commodity and swap dealers, brokerage firms and trade associations in a wide variety of transactional, regulatory, investigative and litigation matters.

Paul regularly represents clients in investigations and regulatory matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and commodity exchanges.

Recognized as a leading energy lawyer by numerous independent commentators, Paul has been ranked by Chambers USA, Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America. Most recently, he was recognized as The Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America for Derivatives and Futures Law. Paul is a member of the editorial board of the Futures & Derivatives Law Report and a frequent speaker at energy and commodity industry conferences.

Paul is a past chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law. He is a member of the Energy Bar Association, the Law & Compliance Division of the Futures Industry Association and a former adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, where he co-taught a graduate law course on the regulation of commodity and derivatives transactions. He is a member of the Duke Law Alumni Board of Visitors.

Prior to entering private practice, Paul was a trial attorney in the Division of Enforcement of the CFTC, where he represented the commission in numerous civil and administrative enforcement actions.

Paul earned his B.A. from Trinity College and his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.


Representative Experience:

Government Investigations

•Represented scores of wholesale energy and commodity dealers, merchants, producers and end users in CFTC, FERC and joint CFTC-FERC investigations, several of which were closed without the initiation of enforcement actions
•Negotiated many settlements with the CFTC, FERC and exchanges on behalf of energy and commodity trading companies


•Represented several international financial institutions in selling their commodities businesses
•Represented the power marketing affiliate of an international financial institution in connection with the sale of its U.S. power and natural gas trading business to an affiliate of a major international oil company
•Represented Barclays Bank PLC in acquiring the power and gas, metals and crude oil trading portfolio of UBS AG
•Represented J. Aron & Company/Goldman Sachs in acquiring the international commodity trading business of Constellation Energy Commodities Group, Inc.
•Represented Merrill Lynch in negotiating a complex financing and tax-equity investment commitment for the construction of a series of geothermal power plants
•Represented Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Merrill Lynch Commodities, Inc. in their acquisition of Entergy-Koch Trading, LP
•Represented Morgan Stanley in acquisitions of several portfolios of physical and financially-settled energy commodity transactions
•Represented Barclays Capital in its acquisition of Duke Energy North America's multi-billion dollar portfolio of physical commodity and derivatives contracts

News & Resources


News Releases

Cadwalader Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Aug 17, 2015

Recent Press

On Dodd-Frank anniversary, mixed reviews roll in Aug 14, 2015


Cadwalader Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Aug 17, 2015


Clients & Friends Memos

CFTC / CME Settle Misappropriation Case Dec 03, 2015


The Rationale Behind BP Texas Manipulation Ruling Aug 13, 2015


Futures Industry Association Regulation AT Webinar Dec 16, 2015


Energy Group Introduction Feb 17, 2011


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Initial Decision Finds that BP Manipulated 2008 Natural Gas Market in Texas
Sohair A. Aguirre,Doron F. Ezickson,Paul J. Pantano,Mary Treanor, August 19, 2015
On August 13, 2015, a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) issued an initial decision in which she found that BP America Inc. et al. (“BP”) manipulated the natural gas market in Texas for over...

CFTC Issues Proposed Order to Exempt Certain SPP Transactions from Regulation Under Most Provisions of the CEA and CFTC Rules
Sohair A. Aguirre,Paul J. Pantano,Lamiya Rahman, June 16, 2015
On May 19, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) issued an order in response to an application from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (“SPP”) proposing to exempt three categories of SPP transactions (“Covered Transactions”)...

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Amended Legacy Swaps between SDs and SPVs
Douglas J. Donahue,Ivan Loncar,Paul J. Pantano,Nihal S. Patel, April 17, 2015
On March 31, 2015, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) issued no-action relief regarding compliance with certain of its swap regulations, including, but not limited to, business...

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Paul J. Pantano Jr.

700 Sixth Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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