Sohair A. Aguirre

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202 862 2278

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Practice Areas

  • Business Fraud & White Collar Defense
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Commodities
  • Energy & Commodities Investigations
  • Energy & Commodities Regulation & Compliance
  • Energy & Commodities Transactions
  • Litigation
  • Renewables
University University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., with highest distinction, 2005
Law SchoolDuke University School of Law, J.D., 2008
AdmittedMaryland; District of Columbia

Sohair Aguirre focuses her practice on representing energy and commodity companies, financial institutions and trade associations in a variety of transactional, regulatory, compliance, and litigation matters. These energy clients cover a wide range of market participants, including end-users, swap dealers, major-swap participants, introducing brokers, and futures commission merchants.

Sohair represents clients in enforcement matters before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from the beginning phases of a document request to settlement negotiations or litigation. Additionally, she advocates for clients in rulemaking proceedings at FERC and the CFTC, including the CFTC's rulemakings implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. She has considerable experience advising clients on the regulatory requirements of the Commodity Exchange Act, the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, and the CFTC and FERC's regulations, including significant new CFTC regulatory requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act. Sohair also advises clients with respect to various requirements for participation in the independent system operator and regional transmission organization wholesale energy markets, and counsels clients on negotiating energy master agreements, including the ISDA (and the various ISDA Dodd-Frank Protocols), EEI, and NAESB.

She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and her B.A. in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in law school, Sohair served as co-chair of the International Law Society and as a case manager for the Guantanamo Defense Clinic, where she worked on cases involving Guantanamo detainees Salim Hamdan and Omar Khadr. Sohair also conducted intensive research regarding the legal framework for various forms of preventive detention.

Sohair is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is fluent in Persian and has studied French, Modern Standard Arabic and Turkish.

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Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards

Nov 21, 2013


Cadwalader Recognized for Excellence at 2013 Commodity Business Awards

Nov 21, 2013


Clients & Friends Memos

Initial Decision Finds that BP Manipulated 2008 Natural Gas Market in Texas

Aug 17, 2015


The Rationale Behind BP Texas Manipulation Ruling

Aug 13, 2015


2013 Energy & Commodities Conference

Oct 10, 2013


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CFTC Releases Swap Dealer De Minimis Report
Sohair A. Aguirre,Athena Yvonne Eastwood,Jonathan H. Flynn,Andrew M. Greenberg,Neal E. Kumar, November 30, 2015
CFTC Staff’s Preliminary Report on whether to modify the swap dealer de minimis threshold highlights the difficulty in identifying swap dealing activity and problems with swap data reporting

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”)...

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Sohair A. Aguirre

700 Sixth Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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