Category Archives: Enforcement and Investigations

2014 FERC Enforcement Report Emphasizes Internal Compliance Procedures, Self-Reporting, and Importance of Cooperation

By Doron Ezickson, Gregory Lawrence, Greg Kusel and Christopher Polito The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) 2014 Report on Enforcement (Report), issued on November 20, 2014, provides an overview of and statistics regarding FERC’s enforcement activities during the fiscal year … Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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Summary of Prudential Regulators’ Re-Proposed Margin Rules

By Steven Lofchie, Jeffrey Robins and Nihal Patel On September 3, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Farm Credit Administration and the Federal Housing Finance … Continue reading

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Recent UK Proposals Emphasise Importance of REMIT Compliance for Energy Firms

By Doron Ezickson and Adam Topping Two recent actions demonstrate the United Kingdom’s (“UK”) continuing commitment to enforcing the European energy laws and the need for vigorous compliance efforts by market participants. Last month, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (“Ofgem”) … Continue reading

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

Gloves Are Off: FERC Issues Public Notice of Alleged Violations in Powhatan Investigation

By Gregory Lawrence, Terence Healey and Christopher Polito On August 5, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a public Staff Notice of Alleged Violations (“NAV”) regarding alleged manipulative Up To Congestion trading by Powhatan Energy Fund (Powhatan) in the PJM energy … Continue reading

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FERC Orders Evidentiary Hearing for Alleged Market Manipulation by BP

By Christopher Polito and Paul Pantano On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order setting an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) to determine whether BP America Inc., BP Corporation North America Inc., BP America … Continue reading

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

SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Energy & Commodities Regulation, Compliance and Enforcement Conference

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP will be hosting its annual Energy & Commodities Conference in Houston, Texas. The program will feature informative presentations and panel discussions on the evolving regulatory and enforcement issues affecting the U.S. and international energy and … Continue reading

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Going Public: Powhatan Energy Fund’s “Insurance Policy” Regarding FERC Enforcement’s Non-Public Manipulation Investigation into the Fund’s “High-Frequency” PJM Trading Activity

By Gregory Lawrence and Lynna Cobrall On February 28, 2014, Powhatan Energy Fund (“Powhatan”) launched a public website disclosing that for more than three years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Office of Enforcement (“OE”) has been investigating Powhatan for … Continue reading

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