Cadwalader Further Strengthens Energy and Commodities PracticeBy Cadwalader Wickersham Taft Llp, PRNE
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Addition of Seven Special Counsel Broadens Regulatory Expertise and Strengthens Growing Energy and Commodities Advisory Practice
NEW YORK, February 2, 2011 - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global
financial institutions and corporations, today announced that Jana V.
Baldwin, Athena Y. Eastwood, Jason R. Eig, Terence T. Healey, Danielle K.
Schonback, Vanessa G. Tanaka and Joseph B. Williams, all formerly with
McDermott Will & Emery LLP, have joined the firm's Energy and Commodities
Advisory Practice. These Special Counsel follow their nine colleagues who
arrived at Cadwalader last week. They will operate out of Cadwalader's New
York and Washington, D.C. offices.
"We are delighted to welcome these high caliber professionals to our
growing Energy and Commodities Practice," said W. Christopher White, Chairman
of Cadwalader. "Their experience in energy and commodities related
regulatory, litigation, finance and other transactional matters will enable
us to provide clients with unparalleled legal insight and position us as a
leader in legal services to a sector facing heightened governmental scrutiny.
As important, their enthusiasm and desire to build something special here at
Cadwalader matches our commitment to their success."
Jana V. Baldwin joins Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. office, where she
will advise on commodities, energy and litigation matters. Ms. Baldwin's
expertise has included internal and enforcement investigations by government
agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), in addition to litigation,
antitrust, and labor and employment issues.
Athena Y. Eastwood joins Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. office from her
previous firm's Commodities Regulatory practice, of which she served as
Co-Head. She has advised on legislation, compliance and regulatory issues
within the commodities and derivatives markets. Further, Ms. Eastwood has
worked with a wide selection of hedge funds, energy companies and financial
institutions. Her expertise has included delivering and negotiating
commodities agreements, with a focus on renewable energy, coal and natural
gas. Ms. Eastwood sits on the ISDA Coal Trading Working Group committee and
ISDA Emissions Trading Working Group committee.
Jason R. Eig joins Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. office from his previous
firm's Corporate Department, where he focused on commercial lending
transactional work, mergers and acquisitions and real estate matters and for
a number of clients in the energy and commodities, healthcare, financial
services, hospitality and general industrial sectors..
Terence T. Healey joins Cadwalader's New York office. He has advised
clients on transactions, government affairs, litigation, negotiations and
regulatory issues within the energy sector at the federal and state level. In
addition, Mr. Healey has advised a number of companies in front of the FERC
on a range of natural gas and power related matters.
Danielle K. Schonback joins Cadwalader's New York office from her
previous firm where she focused on regulation, transactions and risk
management issues. Representing a number of energy and commodity companies,
banks and hedge funds, Ms. Schonback's expertise has included dealing with
financial and physical agreements and documentation and regulatory matters
within the energy field. In addition she has advised clients on
investigations by the CFTC and the FERC into pricing of natural gas
Also joining Cadwalader is Vanessa G. Tanaka, who will practice out of
the New York office. She has advised a range of energy and commodity
companies and financial institutions on matters surrounding secured
transactions within energy. She has worked on trading agreements for
renewable, power, gas and financial products. In addition, she has provided
counsel on a number of issues ranging from renewable energy projects to
acquisitive and transactional work.
Joseph B. Williams joins Cadwalader's Washington, D.C. office from his
previous firm's Energy and Derivatives Markets Practice Group. He has
specialized in energy-based trading, litigation and bankruptcy issues. He
also has experience in representing numerous companies in sophisticated
energy litigation issues, contract litigation, investigations by the FERC and
"We are pleased to welcome these seven highly experienced professionals
to our growing Energy and Commodities Advisory Practice in what marks an
exciting new chapter for Cadwalader," said Paul J. Pantano, Jr., Head of the
Energy and Commodities Practice. "Their extensive expertise in critical
regulatory and transactional issues that the energy and commodities industry
faces expands our bench strength, furthers our ability to help companies
navigate the evolving regulatory environment and accelerates our competitive
About Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, established in 1792, is one of the
world's leading international law firms, with offices in New York, London,
Charlotte, Washington and Beijing. Cadwalader serves a diverse client base,
including many of the world's top financial institutions, undertaking
business in more than 50 countries in six continents. The firm offers legal
expertise in antitrust, banking, business fraud, corporate finance, corporate
governance, energy and commodities, environmental, financial restructuring
and reorganizations, healthcare, intellectual property, litigation, mergers
and acquisitions, private client, private equity, real estate, regulation,
securitization, structured finance, and tax. More information about
Cadwalader can be found at www.cadwalader.com.
Contact: Adam Segall +1-212-504-6492 email@example.com Dawn Cohen +1-212-504-6758 Dawn.Cohen@cwt.com
Adam Segall +1-212-504-6492, adam.segall at cwt.com; or Dawn Cohen, +1-212-504-6758, Dawn.Cohen at cwt.com
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