Yvette D. Valdez

Yvette Valdez is counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, and is a member of the firm's Corporate Department and the Derivatives Practice Group. 

Ms. Valdez specializes in the representation of dealers, broker-dealers and end-users in connection with derivatives legal and regulatory matters under the Dodd-Frank Act as well as other CFTC, SEC and prudential regulation. Ms. Valdez has extensive experience representing investment banks, corporations, private equity firms and asset managers in structured investments and derivatives transactions, which include interest rate and credit derivatives, foreign exchange transactions, total return swaps and commodity transactions. Ms. Valdez has developed an advisory practice applying these core regulatory principles to cryptocurrency derivatives and smart contracts. Ms. Valdez also has substantial experience in representing clients in structuring finance-linked hedging structures in the energy, infrastructure and asset finance industry.

Ms. Valdez’s regulatory practice consists of assisting foreign investment banks, futures commission merchants, broker-dealers and commodity pools with their regulatory compliance efforts under the Dodd-Frank Act as well as advising buy-side clients in connection with their clearing and trade execution requirements. She has also advised clients in connection with the registration and compliance obligations of swap execution facilities.

Speaking Engagements

  • Bitcoin, Blockchain and Finance, a Panel on Bitcoin Derivatives and Regulation hosted by Cardozo Law School, November 2015
  • The 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions: What the Buy-side Needs to Know, A Co-Hosted Webcast by Latham & Watkins and The MFA, July 2014