Author Archives: Cadwalader

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal for Proposed Regulation AT

By: Athena Eastwood, Anthony Mansfield, Paul Pantano, Neal Kumar, Natalie Mitchell and Lamiya Rahman On November 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) approved, by a 2 – 1 vote, a supplemental proposal (“Reg AT Supplemental Proposal”) that amends a 2015 proposed … Continue reading

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Not Your Grandmother’s Form 40

By Athena Eastwood, Anthony Mansfield, Paul Pantano, Neal Kumar and Natalie Mitchell A common tool that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) relies upon to conduct market surveillance, including monitoring compliance with position limits, will soon enter the digital age – the … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Commodity Trading, Enforcement and Investigations, Mining/Metals, Oil & Gas, Regulation

FERC Issues ANOPR on Revisions to Oil Pipeline Indexing Policies and Reporting Requirements

By Mark Haskell, Brett Snyder and Lamiya Rahman On October 20, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANOPR”) seeking comments on potential revisions to (1) the Commission’s policies for evaluating oil pipeline indexed … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justices Appear Hesitant to Narrow the Scope of Insider Trading Liability

Since the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ December 2014 decision in United States v. Newman, the government’s ability to aggressively pursue insider trading cases involving tipping has been in doubt.  But, on October 5, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Salman … Continue reading

Posted in Cases, Commodity Trading, LNG, Mining/Metals, Oil & Gas, Power

CFTC Issues Fourth Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

By Anthony Mansfield, Paul Pantano, Jonathan Flynn and Natalie Mitchell On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) issued a fourth penalty for violations of its Swaps Large Trader Reporting (“Swaps LTR”) rule.  This time, the penalty was … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Commodity Trading, Regulation

The Federal Reserve’s Proposed Rollback of Physical Commodities Authority for Financial Holding Companies

On September 23, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “FRB”) issued a proposed regulation concerning the ability of a financial holding company (“FHC”) to engage in physical commodities activities (the “Commodities Proposal”).  The Commodities Proposal … Continue reading

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CFTC Staff Issues Final Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Report

By Athena Eastwood, Anthony Mansfield, Paul Pantano and Neal Kumar On August 15, 2016, Staff of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final report regarding the de minimis exception from swap dealer registration (“Staff De Minimis Report”).  The Staff De Minimis … Continue reading

Posted in Commodity Trading, Mining/Metals, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation

CFTC Issues $560,000 Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

By Anthony Mansfield, Jonathan Flynn, Neal Kumar and Michael Selig On July 6, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) fined Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) $560,000 for inaccurate large trader reporting of swaps positions.  This is the third and largest civil … Continue reading

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FERC Issues Order Assessing Civil Penalties Against ETRACOM

On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order Assessing Civil Penalties against ETRACOM LLC (“ETRACOM”) and ETRACOM’s founding member and majority owner, Michael Rosenberg (together, “Respondents”). The Commission held that the Respondents violated … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Upholds FERC’s NEPA Analysis in Sabine Pass and Freeport LNG Projects

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected two related challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental review of the Sabine Pass LNG and Freeport LNG applications to site, construct, and … Continue reading

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