Category Archives: Enforcement and Investigations

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

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Truthful . . . but Not Forthcoming? FERC Staff Takes Aggressive View of Material Omissions as Basis for Intent in Maxim Power

By Gregory Lawrence, Thomas Millar and Mary Treanor Recent positions taken by FERC’s Enforcement Staff in the Maxim Power show cause proceeding add to the uncertainty regarding what information market participants must volunteer when communicating with the Commission, ISOs/RTOs, market monitors and others. We … Continue reading

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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

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

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

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

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