R. Michael Sweeney, Jr.: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

R. Michael Sweeney, Jr.

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Energy & Commodities Derivatives
  • Energy
  • Environmental & Commodities
  • Government Enforcement & Investigations
  • Trading & Transactions
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0921
Fax: 202-637-3593
University St. Lawrence University, B.A.
Law SchoolCapital University Law School, J.D.; George Washington University, LL.M.
Admitted1993, New York and Massachusetts; 2002, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association

BornKingston, New York, 1965

Michael Sweeney's work in energy and commodities law began during the deregulation of energy markets in the 1990s. He focuses his practice on regulatory, enforcement and transactional issues involving energy commodities and derivatives. Michael represents energy firms and multi-commodity trading clients on matters pending before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as energy firms before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has significant experience advising clients on complex regulatory and compliance issues involving the convergence of physical and financial markets for energy and other commodities. Michael continues to play a leading role in advising the nation's largest energy and financial companies as they navigate the challenges posed by federal commodities and energy regulation, notably the financial reforms created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank).

A frequent speaker, Michael advises a broad range of clients include multi-national oil and gas companies, energy marketers, energy traders, multi-commodity trading firms, investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, and system operators, on all aspects of CFTC and FERC regulation, including representing clients in compliance audits, special calls, investigations, and contested enforcement proceedings. He also advises clients on ISDA and IECA Dodd-Frank documentation matters and regulatory issues applicable to commodity trading advisors, introducing brokers, and futures commission merchants. Michael has substantial experience developing comprehensive compliance and risk management programs for energy and non-energy clients. Finally, he has significant experience addressing FERC regulatory issues involving mergers, acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations involving, among other things, the divestiture of independent, stand-alone transmission companies, spin outs of nuclear and fossil generating portfolios, and sales of energy marketers and trading books.

Selected Experience
Sutherland counsels energy firms on Dodd-Frank consumer protection act.
Sutherland acts as lead counsel in regulatory status determination under Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act.
Sutherland advises energy companies on Dodd-Frank and CFTC compliance issues.


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CFTC Clarifies Dealer Requirement to Notify Customers of Right to Segregation of Initial Margin for Uncleared Swaps
Brian Barrett,James M. Cain,Daphne G. Frydman,David T. McIndoe,Mark D. Sherrill,R. Michael Sweeney, December 10, 2014
On October 31, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a staff interpretation regarding the notification of the right to segregation of initial margin in uncleared swap transactions.1 The interpretation also...

Regulators Publish Re-proposed Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps
James M. Cain,Warren N. Davis,Daphne G. Frydman,David T. McIndoe,R. Michael Sweeney, October 2, 2014
On September 3, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Board) jointly adopted, with certain federal banking regulators, re-proposed rules that will require registered swap dealers, security-based swap dealers, major swap participants and major security-based swap...

ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties
James M. Cain,Daphne G. Frydman,David T. McIndoe,Mark D. Sherrill,R. Michael Sweeney, July 24, 2014
On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master Agreement (Section 2(a)(iii)) is a condition precedent that suspends a...

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R. Michael Sweeney, Jr.

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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