A member of Sutherland’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, Jake Dweck has diverse experience in energy policy and a legal practice spanning 37 years, including matters involving oil, natural gas and LNG, electric power, climate change, renewable resources, and energy futures and derivatives. In each area, Jake has helped major clients achieve solutions and strategies in all facets of energy-related transactions and commercial matters, regulatory and policy proceedings, and dispute resolution.
Jake presently chairs Sutherland’s Energy Investigations and Enforcement Team, which has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations for boards, audit committees and management, and in representing clients in connection with government investigations and enforcement matters, including proceedings before FERC, CFTC, FTC, EPA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other federal and state agencies.
Jake recently has devoted substantial efforts to assisting energy companies in their implementation to the Dodd-Frank requirements, including customizing trading compliance programs, manuals and other compliance activities. A member of the firm’s Energy Derivatives Group, Jake currently is leading teams in compliance engagements by some of the largest energy companies, including integrated concerns, producers, midstream businesses and others.
From 2000-2007, Jake led Sutherland’s Global LNG Group, which represents clients in transactional, commercial and regulatory areas affecting LNG projects and facilities throughout the world. Representative projects include Shtokman, Snøhvit, Lake Charles, Cove Point, Elba Island, Sabine Pass, Energia Costa Azul, and others, as well as proposed projects and issues involving facilities on the U.S. East, Gulf and West Coasts, Europe, the Bahamas, Mexico and South Korea.
Jake leads the firm’s Energy Customs and Trade Practice, counseling energy companies on import and export issues. Jake’s experience encompasses U.S. export controls on U.S. oil products, trade sanctions and OFAC, anti-boycott regulations, anti-bribery laws (FCPA), and other laws and regulations affecting international transactions.
Jake also maintains an active energy projects and transactions practice, focusing on the intersection of business and government regulation. For example, he recently led a team representing a non-U.S. client in a major transaction subject to CFIUS approval.
Jake chaired the firm’s Climate Change Practice, which focused on counseling clients regarding U.S. government funding for clean energy projects and technology, carbon markets and offset transactions, fuels regulation, emissions trading (cap-and-trade), and other areas affected by federal and state laws to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Jake previously launched and chaired Sutherland’s Energy Creditors’ Rights Team (1998-2004), which has represented a significant number of companies in bankruptcy and litigation proceedings. These matters included serving as Special Energy Counsel in the PG&E Trading (NEGT) bankruptcy proceeding; serving as individual creditors’ counsel in the bankruptcy proceedings involving Enron (some $1.5 billion in stakes); Power Company of America, Mirant and NRG. More recently, the practice has counseled clients in the Lehman Brothers and SEM Crude bankruptcies.
Jake also formed and led the firm’s Oil Spill and Emergency Response Team (1993-2003), and he remains very active in this area.
Jake’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice has included representation of clients like Statoil, Shell Trading and NYMEX in major commercial, regulatory and antitrust disputes.
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