R. Michael
Sweeney, Jr.
Partner

202.383.0921

Michael Sweeney’s work in energy and commodities law began during the deregulation of energy markets in the 1990s. He focuses his practice on regulatory, enforcement and transactional issues involving energy commodities and derivatives. Michael represents energy firms and multi-commodity trading clients on matters pending before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as energy firms before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has significant experience advising clients on complex regulatory and compliance issues involving the convergence of physical and financial markets for energy and other commodities. Michael continues to play a leading role in advising the nation’s largest energy and financial companies as they navigate the challenges posed by federal commodities and energy regulation, notably the financial reforms created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank).

A frequent speaker, Michael advises a broad range of clients include multi-national oil and gas companies, energy marketers, energy traders, multi-commodity trading firms, investor-owned utilities, independent power producers, and system operators, on all aspects of CFTC and FERC regulation, including representing clients in compliance audits, special calls, investigations, and contested enforcement proceedings. He also advises clients on ISDA and IECA Dodd-Frank documentation matters and regulatory issues applicable to commodity trading advisors, introducing brokers, and futures commission merchants. Michael has substantial experience developing comprehensive compliance and risk management programs for energy and non-energy clients. Finally, he has significant experience addressing FERC regulatory issues involving mergers, acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations involving, among other things, the divestiture of independent, stand-alone transmission companies, spin outs of nuclear and fossil generating portfolios, and sales of energy marketers and trading books.

Selected Experience

Sutherland counsels energy firms on Dodd-Frank consumer protection act.
Sutherland is counseling a large, cross-sector group of major commercial energy firms on the implementation of and compliance with Dodd-Frank.
Sutherland acts as lead counsel in regulatory status determination under Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act.
Sutherland is functioning as lead counsel for one of the largest U.S. energy companies regarding the regulatory status of its natural gas and crude oil trading operations under Dodd-Frank, as well as general implementation and compliance with Dodd-Frank.
Sutherland advises energy companies on Dodd-Frank and CFTC compliance issues.
Sutherland is advising energy companies on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and on compliance issues created by the CFTC's implementation. In part, we prepare comments on the Dodd-Frank’s implementation and meet with CFTC regulators.

Professional Activities

Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
 

Education
  • LL.M., George Washington University
  • J.D., Capital University Law School
  • B.A., St. Lawrence University
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia

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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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