Yvette Valdez is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Ms Valdez is head of the US derivatives regulatory practice and a member of the firm’s financial institutions and fintech industry groups and financial regulatory and derivatives practices. Ms Valdez focuses in particular on representing dealers, broker-dealers and end users in connection with derivatives legal and regulatory matters under the Dodd-Frank Act as well as other Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Securities and Exchange Commission (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. She 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 advising dealers, brokers, 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 derivatives clearing organisations, swap execution facilities and designated contract markets.