Meltem F. Kodaman

Meltem F. Kodaman: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
  • Partner at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (436 Attorneys)
  • 700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-3980
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Meltem Kodaman practices in the areas of general corporate and securities law, concentrating on derivatives contracts, including interest rate, foreign exchange, equity and commodity products. A member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Corporate Practice Group, Meltem’s derivatives practice represents a broad range of counterparties, including mutual funds, dealer banks, business development companies, insurance companies, pension plans, government-sponsored agencies, universities, nonprofit corporations and energy companies.

Meltem advises commercial firms on how they may be impacted by the new regulatory regime imposed on the derivatives markets by the Dodd-Frank Act as well as European derivatives reform developments, such as European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID). Meltem is also active in the firm’s Transactional practice and advises clients engaged in public and private securities offerings.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by DCA Live as an Emerging Women Leader in Private Practice (2019)


“As a member of the Corporate Practice Group, my primary focus is on derivatives. Most of my clients are corporations based in the United States, but with a global presence.”


Advised public companies on OTC derivatives transactions and Dodd-Frank Act compliance.
Represented a commodity pool operator in establishing one of the first publicly traded commodity pools investing in oil futures contracts and other oil interests.
Represented an exchange-traded fund in a multi-agency trading practices investigation, resulting in no action taken against the client.
Represented major commercial energy firms in Dodd-Frank Act implementation and compliance.
Advised clients on various OTC transactions.
Advised foreign government on OTC derivatives.
Counseled foreign insurer on regulatory and compliance matters.


“My practice is very much based on giving practical, real-world advice in the context of complex legal matters.”

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: ISDA publishes benchmarks supplement (October 3, 2018)
Introduction On September 19, 2018, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA Benchmarks Supplement, which allows adhering entities to amend the contractual ...

Legal Alert: December 31, 2021, changes to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) are coming-will you be ready? (August 21, 2018)
“... [T]he discontinuation of LIBOR should not be considered a remote probability ‘black swan’ event. Firms should treat it is [sic] as something that will happen and which they must be prepared ...

Legal Alert: CFTC takes steps to increase regulatory oversight of virtual currency markets (May 24, 2018)
On May 21, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two actions intended to increase surveillance of virtual currency markets and enforcement of the Commodity Exchange Act in ...

Legal Alert: FINRA delays implementation of Rule 4210 (April 20, 2018)
Earlier today, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) filed a proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to further delay the implementation of amendments to its ...

Legal Alert: Affirmations of CPO and CTA registration exemptions are due by March 1, 2018 (February 14, 2018)
Persons claiming exemptions from registration as a commodity pool operator (CPO) or a commodity trading advisor (CTA) must affirm their exemptions by March 1, 2018. Pursuant to Commodity Futures ...

Legal Alert: FX Forwards May Not Be Subject to Margining in the EU for Some Market Participants After All (November 30, 2017)
The Council of the European Union (EU) has proposed an amendment to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR)1 that eliminates mandatory initial margin requirements for physically settled ...

Legal Alert: Marginal adjustments?! (November 15, 2017)
On October 12, 2017, the Division of Clearing and Risk (Division) of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an interpretative letter in response to a request for clarification on ...

Legal Alert: The Deadline for Compliance With the U.S. Variation Margin Rules Is Approaching! Are You Ready? (December 20, 2016)
The requirement that non-cleared swaps be fully margined, which is one of the last pillars of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), will take effect ...

Legal Alert: ISDA Publishes Variation Margin Protocol (August 23, 2016)
On August 16, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol (VM Protocol). The VM Protocol is intended as a tool to help ...

Legal Alert: CFTC Proposes to Expand Mandatory Clearing to Include Additional Classes of Interest Rate Swaps (June 20, 2016)
On June 9, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding an expansion of CFTC Regulation 50.4(a). If adopted, additional classes of interest rate ...


Preparing for the Squall: The Coming Margin Requirements for OTC Derivatives (April 2015)
The Review of Banking & Financial Services
Rules proposed by the Prudential Regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) impose requirements on swap dealers and major swap participants to post and collect margin in ...

Best's Review New Rules for the New Year (January 2014)
Managing regulatory change continues to be a top concern in the financial sector. In “New Rules for the New Year,” Sutherland attorneys John Pruitt, Cynthia Shoss, Thomas Glassic, Justin Kitchens, ...

A Practical Approach to Global Derivatives Reform (November 2013)
Banking & Financial Services
New guidance from the CFTC on the regulation of cross-border swaps addresses swap dealer registration, entity and transaction-level requirements, and substituted compliance. EU authorities have also ...

The Development of Exchange-Traded Energy Derivatives (2008)
Energy and Environmental Trading: U.S. Law and Taxation (Andrea S. Kramer & Peter C. Fusaro, eds.)


FIA L&C 2015 (June 22, 2015 - June 24, 2015)
Sutherland is an exhibitor and proud sponsor of the 37th Annual FIA Law and Compliance Conference being held June 22-24, 2015, in Washington, DC. Sutherland Counsel Meltem Kodaman will participate in ...

Webcast: CFTC's Financial Market Reform in 2015: Boon or Bane? (May 15, 2015)
The Knowledge Group
Sutherland Counsel Meltem Kodaman participates in the webcast CFTC's Financial Market Reform in 2015: Boon or Bane? presented by The Knowledge Group on May 15, 2015. The webcast will discuss ...

Derivatives 101 (September 23, 2014)
Sutherland attorneys Daphne Frydman and Meltem Kodaman are featured speakers for the ACIC CLE Presentation, “Derivatives 101,” taking place September 23, 2014, in New York City. The presentation ...


In the News

Washington-area Appointments and Promotions for January 1 (December 30, 2017)
Washington Post
In this article for the Washington Post, nine Washington DC-based Eversheds Sutherland attorneys are mentioned for being elected partner, effective January 1, 2018.

Eversheds Sutherland Unveils US Promotions (December 21, 2017)
Legal Week
Eversheds Sutherland is mentioned in this Legal Week article regarding the election of 17 new US partners effective January 1, 2018.

Enforcement Risks for Hedgers (June 13, 2016)
Sutherland's videocast on enforcement risks for hedgers is featured in Law360. In this Bottom Line videocast, Sutherland attorneys Gregory S. Kaufman and Meltem F. Kodaman discuss trading activities ...

Press Releases

Eversheds Sutherland Elects 17 New US Partners (December 20, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce the election of 17 new partners effective January 1, 2018. Eversheds Sutherland Co-CEO Mark D. Wasserman commented: “It is an honor to welcome our ...

Sutherland Rocks Battle of the Law Firm Bands; Firm Raises More Than $28,000 to Support Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (June 24, 2016)
WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that its DC-based house band, Sutherland Comfort, raised more than $28,000 during the 2016 Battle of the Law Firm Bands, a fundraiser ...

Sutherland Raises More Than $42,000 for Gifts for the Homeless; Wins 2015 Battle of the Law Firm Bands (June 24, 2015)
WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that its D.C.-based house band, Sutherland Comfort, won the “Banding Together Champion” title during the 2015 Battle of the Law Firm ...

Coca-Cola Enterprises Recognizes Sutherland’s Diversity Efforts (July 21, 2010)
ATLANTA (July 21, 2010) - Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has been recognized by Coca-Cola Enterprises (“CCE ) as its primary outside counsel with the highest percentage of women attorneys and ...


Webcast - MiFID II: Overview and Main Impacts for US Financial Institutions (November 1, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland (International) attorneys Andrew Henderson and Michaela Walker and Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorneys Holly Smith, Meltem Kodaman and Ray Ramirez present the webcast “MiFID II: ...

Videocast: Enforcement Risks for Hedgers (June 13, 2016)
U.S. futures exchanges are more aggressively enforcing trade practice rules against all types of market participants. End users and other non-speculative traders managing risk with futures and ...

Webcast: Dodd-Frank Act Requirements Impacting Derivatives Activities Hedge Funds Other Private Funds Webcast: A To Do List (November 7, 2012)
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP invites you to join us for a webcast on derivatives reform. On October 12, 2012, the final rules issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities ...

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Trading & Transactions
  • Corporate
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Exchange Traded Funds
  • Insurance Finance
  • Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0674  Phone
University Attended:
Wellesley College, B.A., magna cum laude
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., Member, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law
Year of First Admission:
2003, New York; 2004, District of Columbia

Professional Activities

Member, International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)
Member, Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law, American Bar Association


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