Raymond A. Ramirez

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Biography

Ray counsels clients on derivatives regulatory and transactional matters. He assists clients in navigating regulations issued by federal agencies and the National Futures Association (NFA) and developing compliance programs and procedures to address them. Ray has guided market intermediaries, including commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors, through the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) registration process, has represented clients before the CFTC, the NFA and other regulators on various matters, and has actively participated (on behalf of clients) in federal regulators’ rulemaking processes. He also assists clients in drafting and negotiating derivatives and other trading and financing documentation.

Ray has been a speaker on these and related topics at industry conferences and has authored numerous articles on derivatives and commodities laws and regulations. Ray participates in, and is a member of, several industry groups, including the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, the Futures Industry Association, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Derivatives and Futures Law Committee, the American College of Investment Counsel, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia. He also holds a Series 3 license.

Ray is a member of Eversheds Sutherland’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Eversheds Sutherland’s Washington Hiring Committee. Prior to entering the legal field, Ray was a New York City public school teacher for six years.

Awards and Rankings

Recipient, On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyer Award, American Bar Association (2017)

Honored as one of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Top Lawyers Under 40 (2017)

Named to the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll (2012)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyer Rising Stars (2016-2018)

Publications

“Commodity trading advisers directing client accounts and operators of commodity pools that engage in over-the-counter transactions should be adopting measures to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act’s new requirements now.”

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert:NFA proposes proficiency requirements for Swap APs (March 18, 2019)
On March 5, 2019, the National Futures Association (NFA) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) proposed amendments to NFA Bylaw 301 and NFA Compliance Rule 2-24 ...

Legal Alert: FINRA further delays implementation of amendments to FINRA Rule 4210 (February 1, 2019)
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) filed a proposed rule change with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 29, 2019, to once more delay, until March 25, 2020, ...

Legal Alert: Update to the NFA’s ISSP training, approval and notice requirements (January 31, 2019)
On January 7, 2019, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued an amendment to its Interpretive Notice on required Information Systems Security Programs (ISSPs) for NFA Members.1 ISSPs are ...

Legal Alert: CFTC permanently fixes the swap dealing de minimis exemption threshold at $8 billion (November 28, 2018)
On November 5, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously adopted a final rule to set a permanent $8 billion swap dealing activity threshold for purposes of the swap dealer de ...

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: NFA launches electronic filing system for promotional materials (August 14, 2018)
Earlier today, the National Futures Association (NFA) launched an electronic filing system for submitting promotional materials to the NFA for review (the New Filing System). Until now, promotional ...

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 ...

Articles

Back to the Futures: CCPS’ Adjustments to the Characterization of Variation Margin and their Implications (November 2017)
The Journal on the Law of Investment & Risk Management Products
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, regulators in the United States and abroad imposed new regulatory requirements on over-the-counter (OTC) swaps, and the people who trade them, with the ...

What Happens at the End of a Central Counterparty’s Waterfall? (February 2016)
Futures & Derivatives Law Report
Five years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a principal topic of discussion amongst participants in the derivatives markets is what would happen ...

To Hedge or Not to Hedge? (July 2014)
Association of Corporate Counsel
The fundamental concept of risk is that there are more scenarios that can occur than will actually happen. To deal with this uncertainty, companies may consider establishing a risk management program ...

The CPO and CTA Regulatory Regimes: What Operators of and Advisers to Commodity Pools Should Expect in 2013 (May 2013)
Futures & Derivatives Law Report
There were a number of significant changes to the regulatory regime for commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors in 2012. In their article, “The CPO and CTA Regulatory Regimes: What ...

Regulatory watch list for 2012: the shifting landscape for hedge funds and other private funds (June 2012)
Journal of Investment Compliance

Defining ‘Swap Dealer’ and ‘Major Swap Participant’ (April 24, 2012)

2012 Regulatory Watch List: Commodity ETF Industry (February 16, 2012)
Law360

Regulatory Watch List for 2012: Commodity ETF Industry (February 16, 2012)
Reprinted with permission from Securities and Banking Law360

Keeping An Eye On MF Global Fallout (November 22, 2011)
Reprinted with permission Bankruptcy, Securities and Banking Law360

Dodd-Frank Necessitates New Legal Documentation for Cleared and Uncleared Swaps (July 13, 2011)
The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation
Available on ACLI website.

Presentations

Stay What?!! ISDA Stay Protocol (March 6, 2019)
2019 North American Power Credit Organization (NAPCO) Credit Conference
Eversheds Sutherland attorney Ray Ramirez presents “Stay What?!! ISDA Stay Protocol” during the 2019 NAPCO Credit Conference on March 6, 2019, in Austin, Texas. The seminar will provide background on ...

ACIC Annual Meeting and Education Conference (October 20, 2016)
American College of Investment Council
Sutherland attorneys Jamie Cain, Taylor Kiessig and Ray Ramirez participate at the 2016 Fall Annual Meeting and Education Conference on October 20, 2016, in New York, New York. Sutherland Partner ...

Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference (March 16, 2016 - March 19, 2016)
Sutherland sponsors Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference on March 16-19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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 ...

Dodd-Frank Turns Four: What’s Next? (July 25, 2014)
Implementation of the derivatives reforms of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) has been a long and arduous process. Now that Dodd-Frank is four years old, the ...

I'm an Electric Cooperative: Does Dodd-Frank Apply to Me? (July 15, 2014)
While the Dodd-Frank Act is intended to implement derivatives reform, its breadth is expansive and far-reaching. The commercial activities of physical commodity participants in power markets could ...

Hot Topics in Derivatives Under Dodd-Frank for Private Investment Funds (April 16, 2013)
Please join Sutherland’s Private Funds Team for the third webcast in our Hot Topics in Private Investment Funds series. Sutherland attorneys and members of the Derivatives Team, Jamie Cain, Daphne ...

7 Areas Commodity Pool Operators Should Watch In 2013 (January 29, 2013)
Law360

Market Perspectives on Documentation for Swaps under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act (May 2012)
Derivatives, Securitization, and Project Finance Committee of the Corporation Finance and Securities Section of the D.C. Bar
Sutherland Attorneys Warren Davis and Ray Ramirez participated in a discussion about documentation for swaps under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Topics discussed included efforts by industry ...

News

In the News

On the Rise (July 18, 2017)
CityBizList DC
Eversheds Sutherland (US) attorney Raymond Ramirez is mentioned in this CityBizList article for being recognized with the 2017 American Bar Association (ABA) On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyer Award. ...

CFTC Grants No-Action Relief to Commodity Pool Operators with Respect to Certain Insurance-Linked Securitization Vehicles (February 3, 2015)
FC&S Legal
Sutherland’s legal alert, “CFTC Grants No-Action Relief to Commodity Pool Operators with Respect to Certain Insurance-Linked Securitization Vehicles,” is featured in FC&S Legal.

“Around the Bar” (May 5, 2014)
44th Street eNews
Ray Ramirez was featured in the May 5, 2014 edition of the New York City Bar’s publication, 44th Street eNews. Ray delivered remarks at the City Bar’s Diversity Fellowship Luncheon on April 28, 2014. ...

Keeping An Eye On MF Global Fallout (November 22, 2011)
On October 31, the MF Global enterprise collapsed into bankruptcy and a number of related insolvency proceedings. Amid allegations of improper commingling of customer accounts and rumors of ...

Press Releases

16 Eversheds Sutherland (US) Attorneys Named 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (April 23, 2018)
WASHINGTON-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 10 of its attorneys based in Washington DC have been selected as top attorneys in the District of Columbia by Super Lawyers . ...

Eversheds Sutherland Elects Six New US Counsel (January 16, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce the election of six new counsel, effective January 1, 2018. “The promotion of these six outstanding lawyers continues our momentum in 2018 and our ...

Eversheds Sutherland Associate Recognized with ABA Top 40 Young Lawyer Award (July 17, 2017)
WASHINGTON-Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that Associate Raymond A. Ramirez has been recognized with the 2017 American Bar Association (ABA) On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyer Award. ...

17 Eversheds Sutherland (US) Attorneys Named 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (April 25, 2017)
WASHINGTON-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 10 of the firm’s attorneys based in Washington DC have been selected as top attorneys in the District of Columbia by Super ...

Eversheds Sutherland (US) Attorney Raymond Ramirez Named to HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 List (February 21, 2017)
WASHINGTON-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that Associate Raymond A. Ramirez has been selected as one of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) Top Lawyers Under 40. Mr. ...

Sutherland Attorneys Publish Updated Insurance Regulation Answer Book with Practising Law Institute (August 31, 2016)
NEW YORK-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 edition of the Insurance Regulation Answer Book, a high-level overview of the legal and regulatory ...

20 Sutherland Attorneys Named 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (April 21, 2016)
WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that 13 of the firm’s attorneys based in Washington DC have been selected as top attorneys in the District of Columbia by Super ...

Sutherland Associate Raymond Ramirez Named President of Region V of the Hispanic National Bar Association (September 25, 2015)
WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Associate Raymond A. Ramirez is the new Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Regional President for the District of ...

Multimedia

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: ...

Webcast: Hot Topics in Derivatives Under Dodd-Frank for Private Investment Funds (April 16, 2013)
Please join Sutherland’s Private Funds Team for the third webcast in our Hot Topics in Private Investment Funds series. Sutherland attorneys and members of the Derivatives Team, Jamie Cain, Daphne ...

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 ...

Podcast: The CFTC's Final Swap Dealer and Major Swap Participant Definitions and Their Implications for Hedge Funds and Other Private Funds (May 30, 2012)
Please join Sutherland's Hedge Funds and Other Private Funds Team for a Quick Call regarding the CFTC's highly anticipated final swap dealer and major swap participant definitions.The swap ...

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Corporate
  • Capital Markets & Investments
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Private Investment Funds

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.383.0868  Phone
www.eversheds-sutherland.com
University Attended:
Mercy College, M.S., with distinction; Boston College, B.A.
Law School Attended:
Pace University School of Law, Student Member, Journal of Court Innovation, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
2011
Admission:
New Jersey; Maryland; 2011, District of Columbia
Memberships:

Professional Activities

Board Member and Vice President of Membership, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2018)

President, Region V, Hispanic National Bar Association (2015-2017)

Member, Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council, DC Bar Foundation (2013-2016)

fellow, American Bar Foundation

Languages:
Spanish
ISLN:
921271398

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