James M.


With more than three decades of experience, Jamie Cain has guided insurers, banks, securities and commodities firms, and funds through significant transactions that transform their businesses including public and private securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He regularly works with U.S. and foreign companies to interpret and comply with the myriad of securities, commodities, insurance and banking laws that apply to these transactions.

A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Jamie is recognized for his deep knowledge of the Dodd-Frank Act and the regulation and use of derivatives including those instruments used for interest rate, foreign exchange, equity and commodity, credit default and equity transactions and related collateral arrangements. He represents a wide range of global clients, typically on the buy side, including major public companies, financial institutions, public and private funds, government sponsored enterprises, and foreign governments, in documenting those transactions and advising on internal and regulatory compliance.

Jamie also advises insurers, banks and broker-dealers in connection with cross-industry acquisitions and in the distribution of their respective products both domestically and internationally.

Selected Experience

Sutherland advises public companies on OTC derivatives transactions and Dodd-Frank Act compliance.
Sutherland advises major multinational consumer products companies on OTC derivatives transactions, including interest rate, foreign exchange, equity and commodity transactions, and Dodd-Frank Act compliance under Title VII.
Sutherland counsels life insurers and GSEs on swap transaction documentation.
Sutherland advises a working group of major life insurers and a group of government-sponsored enterprises regarding cleared swap transaction documentation and Dodd-Frank Act compliance for OTC trading.
Sutherland represents a series of energy, metal and agricultural ETFs.
Sutherland represented a series of exchange-traded commodity funds in connection with initial and follow-on public offerings having an aggregate value in excess of $90 billion. Our representation also included fulfilling periodic SEC and CFTC reporting requirements and complying with disclosure requirements promulgated by the National Futures Association.

Awards and Rankings

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of derivatives and futures law (2006-2014)

Professional Activities

Member, Banking Law Committee and Derivatives and Futures Law Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, Law and Compliance Division, Futures Industry Association
Member, Various ISDA Committees
Member, MFA

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • A.B., University of Notre Dame
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Nevada

Honorable Edward C. Reed of the U.S. District Court

Our Story

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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