Overview

Aaron Levy is special counsel in the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm's New York office.

Areas of Practice

Aaron represents asset managers, investment funds, major banks, insurance companies, broker-dealers and end-users in a range of derivatives and structured products transactions, including financial and commodity swaps, total return swaps, deal-contingent hedges, tender option bonds and structure repos. Aaron has extensive experience with structuring, documenting and negotiating off-exchange derivatives transactions and advising on hedging matters relating to secured credit facilities. In the secondary market for municipal securities, Aaron represents several market leaders in all aspects of the tender option bond structure.

A significant focus of Aaron’s practice consists of counseling dealers and end-users on the strategic and regulatory implications of the Dodd-Frank Act, Basel standards and other laws and regulations of the CFTC, the SEC and the federal banking regulators affecting the derivatives industry. Advice in this area includes the applicability and scope of margin, clearing and other regulations under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, the cross-border application of such regulations, the CFTC’s Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor regime, and the implications of the Volcker Rule.

He also has extensive experience advising on the formation and regulation of hedge funds and other private investment vehicles.

Honors

Honors

Ones to Watch Banking and Finance Law, Best Lawyers, 2021

Insights

Articles

  • “Bridging the Gap: A Hedge Provider’s Perspective on the Limits of a Blanket Cross-Default Clause in ISDA Master Agreements,” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, 2021
  • “Contractual Framework for Cleared Derivatives: The Master Netting Agreement between a Clearing Customer and a Central Counterparty,” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, 2014

Finance and Bankruptcy Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Current Issues in Derivatives”, quarterly webinar 2019 to present
  • Various presentations to targeted audiences on a range of topics, including LIBOR replacement initiatives, mandatory central clearing of certain swaps, the U.S. and EU margin rules for uncleared swaps and the CFTC’s Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor rules, among other areas.

Events

  • Hedging Renewable Power in the Aftermath of Uri – Not Just an ERCOT Issue - Where we were, where we are, where we are going, Webinar, 09.15.2021

Memberships

Memberships

ISDA US Documentation and Legal Group

ISDA Fintech Legal Group

ISDA IBOR Fallback Implementation Subgroup

Derivatives & Structured Products Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association

Digital Media

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2010

B.A., Dartmouth College, 2007, cum laude

Admissions

  • New York
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