Athena Eastwood is widely recognized for her regulatory and transactional work in the agricultural, energy and environmental commodities and derivatives markets. In particular, Athena advises agricultural cooperatives and energy market participants regarding risk management programs, commercial transactions and hedging and trading in futures and over-the-counter derivatives markets. She also works extensively with green products markets, including those designed to address climate-related risks, such as carbon markets and programs for renewable fuels and renewable energy credits.
Chambers USA (2020) ranks Athena among the nation’s leading practitioners in the area of Capital Markets: Derivatives and recognizes her on the “Spotlight Table” for regulatory excellence in the area of Capital Markets: Derivatives.
Athena also represents private equity firms and a range of intermediaries and dealers registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the National Futures Association (“NFA”), including introducing brokers, futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors, and swap dealers, in transactional, regulatory and legislative matters involving energy, metals, agricultural and financial commodities and derivatives.
Athena has extensive experience with all aspects of implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and its impact on CFTC registrants and end-users of derivatives.
A frequent author, Athena also speaks regularly regarding commodity-related regulatory, transactional and enforcement developments and recently hosted a webinar on renewable procurement structures and corporate sustainability programs in partnership with Microsoft, RESurety and Advanced Energy Economy, an industry association representing buyers of renewable energy, utilities and others. She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Futures Industry Association’s (“FIA”s) Legal and Compliance Division and is recognized in Best Lawyers for her work in the area of Derivatives and Futures Law. She also is recommended for Derivatives and Structured Products in Legal 500 United States. Athena is an active member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments, and the drafting committee of ISDA's Energy, Commodities and Developing Products Working Group.
Athena serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law where she teaches a class entitled “Energy and Environmental Products Trading and Regulation,” in which she challenges students to develop innovative uses for derivatives to address commodity-related risks, including those related to climate change (such as seal level derivatives), and new derivative structures in renewable project finance, such as proxy generation swaps designed to facilitate renewable energy procurement by corporations seeking to meet sustainability goals.