Category Archives: Commodity Trading

REMIT: The Road to Enforcement

By Doron Ezickson and Adam Topping Following a number of recent developments, described below, the rules and regulations enacted under the European Union (EU) Regulation on Wholesale Energy Markets Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) are now close to being fully-implemented.  Market participants must … Continue reading

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

Tariff Compliance Is Not Enough: FERC Imposes Nearly Thirty-Five Million Dollars in Penalties and Disgorgement against Powhatan Energy Fund and Its Trading Associates

By Doron Ezickson, Thomas Millar, and Mary Treanor On May 29, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order against Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and its trading partners, Dr. Houlihan Chen, HEEP Fund, LLC and CU Fund, Inc. (together, “Powhatan”).  FERC … Continue reading

Posted in Commodity Trading, Enforcement and Investigations, FERC, Oil & Gas, PJM, Power, Regulation

Supreme Court’s Holding in Oneok v. Learjet Could Lead to New Risks for Market Participants

By Joseph Bial, Gregory Lawrence, Gregory Mocek, Paul Pantano, Charles F. (Rick) Rule, Daniel Howley, Thomas Millar, and Natalie Mitchell On April 21, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Oneok v. Learjet, holding that “Respondents’ state-law antitrust claims are not within the field of matters pre-empted by the Natural … Continue reading

Posted in Antitrust/Competition, Cases, Commodity Trading, Enforcement and Investigations, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation, Supreme Court

A Signal of Things to Come? New CME Rule 512 Reflects Modified Stance for Violations of Futures and Options Reporting Requirements

By Athena Eastwood, Gregory Mocek, Jonathan Flynn, Neal Kumar and Mary Treanor. On March 24, 2015, the CME Group, Inc. (“CME”) announced a proposed amendment to Rule 512 indicating that it will impose a minimum fine of $1,000 for repeat violations of its exchanges’ reporting … Continue reading

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

Unregistered CTA Summit Energy Services: Choose Your Words Wisely

By Athena Eastwood, Gregory Lawrence, Andrew Greenberg, and Neal Kumar A recent case highlights the importance of periodically reviewing an energy company’s marketing materials and related activities (including statements made on websites) to ensure that the company is not holding itself out — … Continue reading

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

New Exchange Rules on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart

By Athena Eastwood, Anthony Mansfield, Gregory Mocek, Paul Pantano, Sohair Aguirre, Isabelle Corbett, Jonathan Flynn, Neal Kumar On January 14, 2015, the Intercontinental Exchange (“ICE”) rule prohibiting disruptive trading practices (ICE Rule 4.02) became effective.  The ICE Rule is substantively the same as Rule 575 passed by … Continue reading

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

The Fate of Demand Response Hangs in the Balance

By Gregory Lawrence, Sohair Aguirre, Natalie Mitchell and Lamiya Rahman The Justices of the United States Supreme Court are not strangers to the retail versus wholesale distinction that often plagues FERC’s regulations.  Indeed, on January 12, 2015 they heard arguments in Oneok v. Learjet … Continue reading

Posted in Cases, Commodity Trading, FERC, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation, Supreme Court

New MiFID I Consultation Paper Creates Further Challenges for Commodity Market Participants

By Assia Damianova, Doron Ezickson, Nick Shiren, Jonathan Flynn, Antoinette Maginness and Adam Topping On 29 September 2014, ESMA published a consultation paper (the Consultation Paper) seeking industry feedback for guidelines relating to certain commodity derivatives, namely those falling under C6 and C7 of Annex I … Continue reading

Posted in Commodity Trading, EMIR, Enforcement and Investigations, MiFID, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation

First Criminal Prosecution for Spoofing: High Frequency Trading Firm Owner Indicted in Northern District of Illinois

By Jodi Avergun, Anthony Mansfield, Gregory Mocek, Paul Pantano, Isabelle Corbett and Jonathan Flynn On October 2, 2014, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of Michael Coscia, the owner of Panther Energy Trading (“Panther”), for six counts of commodities fraud … Continue reading

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Update to New CME Rule on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart

By Anthony Mansfield, Paul Pantano, Sohair Aguirre and Neal Kumar On August 28, 2014, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (collectively, the “CME”) submitted a … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Commodity Trading, Oil & Gas, Regulation