Paul J. Pantano Jr.

Partner
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.

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

News & Resources

NEWS

News Releases

•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

•New York Law Firm Targets D.C.-Based Energy Practice
Jan 20, 2011

Recognition

•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

•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

•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

•Law & Compliance 2013
May 08, 2013

•6th Annual Conference on Energy Trading Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement
Nov 15, 2012

•FIA Dodd-Frank Briefing for Energy & Ag Companies
Jul 11, 2012

Videos

•Energy Group Introduction
Feb 17, 2011

 
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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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