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Catherine M.
Krupka
Partner

202.383.0248

Catherine Krupka advises commodities trading companies, including financial services companies, energy marketers and asset owners, on compliance and enforcement, agency regulation and business transaction issues arising from trading physical and financial power, natural gas, emissions, crude and refined products.

Head of the power regulatory practice, Catherine represents market participants in audits and investigations before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), Department of Energy (DOE), Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) and other state agencies and public utility commissions. She conducts internal investigations, responds to agency inquiries and negotiates the resolution of audit and investigatory matters related to power, natural gas, crude oil and liquids. She has worked extensively on implementation and impact of rulemakings of the Dodd-Frank Act. She also assesses internal practices and implements compliance programs related to market manipulation, position limits and reporting, transaction and price reporting, greenhouse gas and other emissions reporting, document retention, interlocking officer and director positions, regional reliability standards, DOE efficiency standards and the Public Utility Holding Company Act.

Catherine advises clients on energy transactions, including mergers, company and asset acquisitions/dispositions, energy/asset management and tolling arrangements and transmission and scheduling services agreements. She manages due diligence for all types of energy transactions, including regulatory due diligence, and advises on the regulatory obligations associated with acquisitions/dispositions, including FERC approvals and jurisdictional waivers.

Catherine helps establish trading organizations, from companies growing their business from within to those integrating an acquired trading business. In this capacity, she advises on the requirements necessary to enter into and participate in the wholesale energy markets, including market-based rate authorizations, DOE import and export licenses, qualifying facility certifications and state registrations.

Selected Experience

Sutherland conducts comprehensive compliance review and program implement for energy firm.
Sutherland assessed an energy trading firm’s internal practices and implemented compliance programs to ensure conformity with state and federal policies and regulations applicable to power, natural gas, crude and liquids.
Sutherland defends an energy trading company in FERC and CFTC investigations.
Sutherland represented an energy trading company in federal investigations related to power and swaps trades.
Sutherland advises on creation of two new power trading firms.
Sutherland advised two new power trading enterprises on implementing trading operations, including guiding the companies on all regulatory and market filings.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Fortnightly as a Top Utility Lawyer of 2011

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of electricity regulation and litigation (2010-2013)

Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers® (2013)

Professional Activities

Member, Federal Energy Bar Association
Member, Law and Compliance Division, Futures Industry Association
Member, Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment
 

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, Editor-in-Chief, International Law Journal
  • M.B.A., with honors, University of San Francisco
  • B.S., University of San Francisco
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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