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Sutherland Asbill & Brennan partners named top US derivatives lawyers

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Two partners at Washington DC-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP have been included in The Best Lawyers in America, Derivatives L

Two partners at Washington DC-based Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP have been included in The Best Lawyers in America, Derivatives Law list.

A total of 57 names appear on the list, but Sutherland Asbill & Brennan are one of only four other firms, and the only DC practice, to have more than one attorney listed.

Best Lawyers listings are compiled through a meticulous peer-review survey, which sees the top lawyers in the US confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The Derivatives section is one of 41 new categories added to the Best Lawyers lists for 2006,and includes lawyers from three cities — DC, New York, and Chicago.

‘The addition of a Derivatives Law section to the Best Lawyers in America list may reflect the fact that the notional principal of privately negotiated derivative contracts now exceeds USD 200 trillion of underlying assets," says Warren Davis, one of the Sutherland partners named. "This is truly a distinct specialty in the legal profession and I am honoured to be named along with my partner, Jamie Cain, to the list."

Davis’ practice is diverse and includes representation of hedge funds and energy trading firms as well as a variety of other end-users. End-user clients include mutual funds, insurance companies, pension funds, industrial corporations, global shipping and logistics companies and high net worth individuals. Davis is a frequent writer and lecturer on derivatives-related subjects, such as the ISDA Master Agreement and litigation in the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market.
Cain is recognized nationally for his experience with OTC derivatives, including interest rate, foreign exchange, equity and commodity transactions and related collateral arrangements. For more than 20 years he has represented a wide range of financial institutions and commercial companies in documenting various transactions, as well as with their internal and regulatory compliance.

Both Cain and Davis are active in the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc (ISDA), while Cain has spoken numerous times at ISDA conferences, and Davis is a member of the Board of Editors of the Futures & Derivatives Law Report.

"We’ve always known that our Derivatives practice could go head-to-head with the top New York firms,’ says Sutherland Managing Partner,Mark Wasserman. ‘It comes as no surprise, that Jamie and Warren were listed as Best Derivatives Lawyers."

The legal practice of the Derivatives Group encompasses the following key areas: documentation and negotiation, tax, financial disclosure, appropriate oversight controls and policies, commodities, and regulatory issues and investigations. Each of these areas, plus recent articles, presentations and additional information, are available on Sutherland’s web site under the "Practice Area" then "Corporate" tabs.

Background notes: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a US law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 425 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington DC.

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