Paul J. Pantano Jr.

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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
http://www.cadwalader.com/professionals/paul-pantano
 
University Trinity College, B.A.
 
Law SchoolDuke University School of Law, J.D.
 
Admitted1980, District of Columbia
 
Biography

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. He 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.

News & Resources

News

News Releases

Cadwalader Advises Credit Suisse International in Sale of Commodity Transaction Portfolios
Jan 07, 2015

Cadwalader Advises Deutsche Bank in Sale of Energy Trading Books
Aug 25, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Aug 18, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014
Jun 27, 2014

Super Lawyers Recognizes Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. Attorneys
Apr 25, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized With Two Major IFLR Americas Awards
Mar 28, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized by 2014 Chambers Global Guide
Mar 25, 2014

Cadwalader Announces 2014 Management Committee
Jan 15, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards
Nov 21, 2013

Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000
Nov 15, 2013

Cadwalader Recognized in 2013 Edition of The Legal 500 US
Oct 25, 2013

2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices
Oct 22, 2013

Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cadwalader Attorneys
May 01, 2013

More Than 25 Cadwalader Attorneys in 17 Practice Areas Recognized by 2013 Chambers Global Guide
Apr 08, 2013

IFLR 1000 Again Names Cadwalader a Leader in Core Transactional Areas of Practice
Nov 06, 2012

2013 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in Multiple Areas of Practice
Oct 06, 2012

The Legal 500 Recognizes More than 15 Cadwalader Practices and 47 of the Firm's Lawyers Across U.S. Offices
Jun 06, 2012

ISDA Retains Cadwalader as Legal Counsel for Dodd-Frank Documentation Project
Mar 28, 2012

IFLR 1000 Again Names Cadwalader a Leader in Core Transactional Areas of Practice
Oct 19, 2011

2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in 30 Areas of Practice
Sep 06, 2011

The Legal 500 U.S. Recommends Cadwalader in 13 Areas of Practice and Highly Ranks More Than 50 Attorneys
Jun 01, 2011

Super Lawyers Taps Cadwalader DC Attorneys as Outstanding in Their Fields
May 20, 2011

Cadwalader Recognized for Continued Excellence by Chambers Global 2011
Apr 19, 2011

Cadwalader Expands D.C. Office With Launch of Energy and Commodities Advisory Practice
Jan 20, 2011

Recent Press

Commodities Concerns Take Centre Stage in Chicago
Nov 07, 2014

Wall Street firm targets District-based energy practice
Jan 20, 2011

Recognition

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Aug 18, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized Among Leading Firms in The Legal 500 US 2014
Jun 27, 2014

Chambers and Partners USA 2014
May 23, 2014

Super Lawyers Recognizes Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. Attorneys
Apr 25, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized With Two Major IFLR Americas Awards
Mar 28, 2014

Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized by 2014 Chambers Global Guide
Mar 25, 2014

Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards
Nov 21, 2013

Cadwalader Again Recognized Among Legal Leaders by IFLR 1000
Nov 15, 2013

Cadwalader Recognized in 2013 Edition of The Legal 500 US
Oct 25, 2013

2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices
Oct 22, 2013

Chambers and Partners USA 2013
May 24, 2013

Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cadwalader Attorneys in Washington, D.C.
May 01, 2013

International Financial Law Review's 2013 IFLR 1000
Nov 06, 2012

Super Lawyers 2012
Oct 15, 2012

The Best Lawyers In America 2013
Oct 06, 2012

Chambers and Partners USA 2012
Jun 07, 2012

2012 Legal 500 US
Jun 06, 2012

Chambers and Partners Global 2012
Mar 01, 2012

RESOURCES

Clients & Friends Memos

First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois
Oct 07, 2014

Update to New CME Rule on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart
Sep 15, 2014

New CME Rule on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart
Sep 10, 2014

FERC Orders Evidentiary Hearing for Alleged Market Manipulation by BP
May 19, 2014

FERC Enforcement Director Calls for Legislative Fix to Address Hunter Decision
Jan 24, 2014

FERC and CFTC Reach Agreement on Information Sharing and Jurisdiction
Jan 07, 2014

CFTC Issues Final Exemption Order for RTO/ISO Transactions
Apr 03, 2013

First Ever Admission of Violation in FERC Manipulation Action
Nov 20, 2012

CFTC Adopts Final Rules and Interpretations Further Defining Products and Final End-User Clearing Exception Rule; Proposes Clearing Exception for Swaps Entered into by Certain Cooperatives
Jul 11, 2012

Position Limits Rumors Become Reality: CFTC Adopts Final Position Limits Rule Under Dodd-Frank
Oct 19, 2011

Global Trade Associations Warn of Potential Pitfalls of New Derivatives Regulations
Jul 06, 2011

The Dodd-Frank Act: How It Impacts Specific Institutions, Entities and Transactions
Jun 22, 2011

Commodity Markets' Enforcement Landscape to Shift With Federal Trade Commission's Launch of First Crude Oil Investigation Under 2007 Law
Jun 21, 2011

CFTC Sues Three Firms for Manipulation of 2008 Crude Oil Prices
May 25, 2011

FERC Orders Trader to Pay $30 Million for Market Manipulation
Apr 22, 2011

CFTC, Prudential Regulators Propose Margin Rules for Non-Cleared Swaps
Apr 13, 2011

Summary of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Commodity Options & Agricultural Swaps
Feb 08, 2011

Articles

Energy Commodities: The Netherworld Between FERC and CFTC Jurisdiction
Mar 01, 2013

FERC Orders Trader To Pay $30 Million For Market Manipulation
Dec 09, 2011

Events

American Bar Association's Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Meeting
Jan 22, 2015

Futures Industry Association's 30th Annual Futures and Options Expo
Nov 04, 2014

ACI's 9th Energy Trading Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement Conference
Jun 05, 2014

L&C 2014 - 36th Annual FIA Law & Compliance Division Conference
May 07, 2014

39th Annual International Futures Industry Conference
Mar 11, 2014

American Bar Association 2014 Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Meeting
Feb 06, 2014

Examining the Newly Revised CFTC Position Limits Rule
Nov 13, 2013

Futures Industry Association Futures and Options Expo 2013
Nov 05, 2013

2013 Energy & Commodities Conference
Oct 10, 2013

Experience

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

Acquisitions

•Represented international bank in selling its North American commodities business
•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

 
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Update to New CME Rule on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart
Sohair A. Aguirre,Neal E. Kumar,Anthony M. Mansfield,Paul J. Pantano, September 18, 2014
On August 28, 2014, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (collectively, the “CME”) submitted a notice of a rule adoption to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the...

New CME Rule on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart
Sohair A. Aguirre,Neal E. Kumar,Anthony M. Mansfield,Paul J. Pantano, September 15, 2014
On August 28, 2014, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (collectively, the “CME”) submitted a notice of a rule adoption to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the...

FERC Orders Evidentiary Hearing for Alleged Market Manipulation by BP
Doron F. Ezickson,Terence T. Healey,Kenneth W. Irvin,Gregory K. Lawrence,Paul J. Pantano, May 29, 2014
On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order setting an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to determine whether BP America Inc., BP Corporation North America Inc., BP America Production Company, and BP Energy Company (collectively, BP)...


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