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

New Exchange Rules on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart Feb 06, 2015


The Latest On Natural Gas Force Majeure Provisions May 20, 2014


2013 Energy & Commodities Conference Oct 10, 2013


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The Fate of Demand Response Hangs in the Balance
Sohair A. Aguirre,Gregory K. Lawrence,Natalie Mitchell,Lamiya Rahman, March 25, 2015
The Justices of the United States Supreme Court are not strangers to the retail versus wholesale distinction that often plagues FERC’s regulations. Indeed, on January 12, 2015 they heard arguments in Oneok v. Learjet regarding this very question. Three days later, on January 15, 2015, the...

New Exchange Rules on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart
Sohair A. Aguirre,Isabelle S. Corbett,Athena Yvonne Eastwood,Jonathan H. Flynn,Neal E. Kumar, March 25, 2015
On January 14, 2015, the Intercontinental Exchange (“ICE”) rule prohibiting disruptive trading practices (ICE Rule 4.02) became effective. The ICE Rule is substantively the same as Rule 575 passed by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, the...

The Fate of FERC Demand Response Order No. 745: Efforts to Adapt While the Judicial and Complaint Processes Play Out
Sohair A. Aguirre,Terence T. Healey,Gregory K. Lawrence,Lamiya Rahman, December 5, 2014
Since our last update regarding the D.C. Circuit’s vacatur of FERC Order No. 745 in Electric Power Supply Ass’n v. FERC ( “EPSA”), several developments have occurred in EPSA and related proceedings. The appeals process and related complaints at FERC will take time to play...

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Sohair A. Aguirre

700 Sixth Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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