Monthly Archives: May 2011

Wall Street Journal: CFTC In Uphill Battle To Make Oil Manipulation Charges Stick

By Dan Strumpf Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Parsing out illegal manipulation from business-as-usual trading in the cutthroat oil market will be the government’s biggest challenge in proving its case against two traders accused of gaming prices. The Commodity Futures Trading … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Enforcement and Investigations, Regulation

Bloomberg: Crude Oil Manipulation Suit May Fuel Debate on Speculation Rules

By Silla Brush and Joshua Gallu A U.S. lawsuit against two traders and three firms that allegedly manipulated prices for crude oil derivatives in 2008 may bolster calls for new speculative trading limits required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The Commodity … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, CFTC, Commodity Trading, Enforcement and Investigations, Regulation

The Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions: Considerations for Effectively Preparing for and Responding to Whistleblowers

As part of the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress created powerful incentives to encourage persons to report (i) potential violations of the federal securities  laws to the Securities and Exchange Commission and (ii) potential violations of the Commodity Exchange Act to the … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Dodd-Frank, SEC

Final Whistleblower Rules Announced

The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted rules and forms to implement Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 entitled “Securities Whistleblower Incentives and Protection.” The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted on July 21, … Continue reading

Posted in Dodd-Frank, Regulation, SEC

CFTC Sues Three Firms for Manipulation of 2008 Crude Oil Prices

On May 24, 2011, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a civil complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that three speculators, Parnon Energy Inc. of California, Arcadia Petroleum Ltd. of … Continue reading

Posted in Enforcement and Investigations, Regulation

Reuters: OTC Swaps Face Legal Void as CFTC Misses Deadline

By Christopher Doering The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in the midst of writing dozens of new rules, has said it will miss the July 16 deadline for implementing rules that give it oversight of the $600-trillion global over-the-counter derivatives market.  … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Commodity Trading, Regulation

SAVE THE DATE: Cadwalader Energy & Commodities Conference, October 6, 2011

2011 Cadwalader Energy & Commodities Conference October 6, 2011 The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa 111 North Post Oak Lane Houston, Texas 77024 +1 713 680 2626

Posted in Events

Electric Energy T&D: U.S. Renewable Transmission and Interconnection Reform – Can’t Get There from Here?

Given the current turmoil in the Middle East and Japan, commodity market volatility, and remaining concerns regarding climate change, the conversation again has returned to renewable power development to diversify the United States generation fleet and create jobs. Existing high … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Renewables

Reuters: House GOP Tries to Slow Dodd-Frank Express

By Sarah N. Lynch and Christopher Doering Two congressional committees led by Republicans approved measures on Wednesday to delay and weaken key provisions of last year’s Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms, but they were expected to fizzle in the Senate. Gregory … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, CFTC, Dodd-Frank, Regulation

FX Swaps and Forwards to Be Exempted From Dodd-Frank Clearing and Trading Requirements

The Treasury Secretary has issued a Notice of Proposed Determination providing that central clearing and exchange trading requirements would not apply to foreign exchange (FX) swaps and forwards. In a Fact Sheet, the Treasury Secretary noted that the proposed determination … Continue reading

Posted in Commodity Trading, Dodd-Frank, Regulation