Cheryl I.


Cheryl Aaron counsels oil trading companies, financial institutions and other commodity traders on investment and trading in oil, renewable fuels, other energy commodities and agricultural products. She helps clients draft commercial agreements and enter into structured transactions, and advises on a number of regulatory and commercial issues related to the purchase, sale, storage, exchange, financing, transportation and processing of commodities. She also provides advice on federal excise taxes and certain state taxes relating to the purchase and sale of energy commodities, in addition to U.S. sanctions laws and regulations, antiboycott laws and other export restrictions.

Cheryl advises clients on compliance with derivatives laws and regulations, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s related rules and interpretive guidance. In particular, she counsels energy firms and commodity traders on how they may be impacted by the new over-the-counter derivatives regulatory regime, including any cross-border implications. Cheryl also drafts and reviews documentation, and helps clients develop internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with their derivatives regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Cheryl was an associate in the structured finance group of an international law firm in New York. She also worked in government relations at a Washington, D.C. firm and served as an attorney intern for the Judiciary Committee office of Sen. Chuck Schumer. While completing her LL.M. degree at the Georgetown University Law Center, Cheryl was as an attorney intern at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and at the Investment Adviser Association.

Professional Activities

Treasurer, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Board Chair, Anti-Defamation League Young Professionals Division
Associate Trustee, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Member, Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section of the DC Bar Association
Member, Energy Bar Association

  • LL.M., Securities and Financial Regulation, Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., Boston College Law School
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

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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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