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Yvette D. Valdez

Yvette D. Valdez

Latham & Watkins

New York, NY, USA


Yvette Valdez is counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, and a member of the firm's Financial Institutions Industry Group and Derivatives Practice. Ms. Valdez has a wide range of experience advising dealers, broker-dealers, investment, retail and private banks, Fintech companies, investment managers, private equity funds and market infrastructure providers on complex regulatory challenges related to their commodity and derivatives trading businesses. Ms. Valdez has developed an advisory practice applying these core regulatory principles to technology innovations in the cryptocurrency, smart contracts and distributed ledger technology space. Ms. Valdez has significant experience in advising client on regulatory matters under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act as well as other CFTC, SEC and prudential regulation.

Ms. Valdez’s regulatory practice consists of assisting swap dealers, futures commission merchants, introducing brokers, broker-dealers and commodity pools with their derivatives regulatory compliance requirements as well as advising buy-side clients in connection with their clearing and trade execution requirements. Ms. Valdez also counsels clients in market infrastructure, trading, clearing and settlement in the derivatives markets, including FBOTs, swap execution facilities and designated contract markets.

Ms. Valdez also has substantial experience in advising clients in structuring complex synthetic investments, derivatives transactions and trading platforms in debt instruments, rates, credit, foreign exchange, and commodities as well as futures and options.
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