Category Archives: Enforcement and Investigations

New Year, New Market-Based Rates Regulatory Regime

By Doron Ezickson, Thomas Millar, and Michael Selig The new year has brought U.S. electricity markets participants an overhauled regulatory regime for market-based rates under section 205 of the Federal Power Act.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) has adopted the Final Rule on Refinements to … Continue reading

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SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Spring Energy & Commodities Conference

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP will host an in-depth discussion on the evolving regulatory, transactional and business issues facing U.S. and international energy and commodities market participants. As the industry continues to face sweeping regulatory, credit, and market challenges, many notable … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Commodity Trading, Distressed Energy, Dodd-Frank, Energy Infrastructure, Enforcement and Investigations, ERCOT, Events, FERC, Finance, Mining/Metals, Oil & Gas, PJM, Power, Regulation, Renewables

CFTC / CME Settle Misappropriation Case

On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) and the New York Mercantile Exchange (“NYMEX”) simultaneously announced settlements with Arya Motazedi, a gasoline trader, including for claims of insider trading under CFTC Rule 180.1.1 On … Continue reading

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2015 FERC Enforcement Report Confirms Increase in Enforcement and Audit Activity as FERC Faces Unprecedented Number of Litigated Enforcement Matters

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) Office of Enforcement (“Enforcement”) issued its 2015 Report on Enforcement (“Report”) on November 19, 2015.  The Report summarizes FERC’s enforcement efforts during the fiscal year 2015 in Enforcement’s four divisions:  Investigations, Audits and Accounting, … Continue reading

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New DOJ Policy Regarding Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new policy regarding individual accountability for corporate misconduct.  The policy, described in a memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, posits that “one of the most effective ways … Continue reading

Posted in Commodity Trading, DOJ, Energy Infrastructure, Enforcement and Investigations, Finance, Mining/Metals, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation, Renewables, Tax

FCA and Ofgem Question Adequacy of Commodity Firms’ Compliance and Market Abuse Controls

By Doron Ezickson and Adam Topping In the most recent edition of its regular market conduct and transaction reporting-focused ‘Market Watch’ publication, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) provides a review of commodities firms’ compliance and governance structures, with particular regard to market abuse … Continue reading

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

Initial Decision Finds that BP Manipulated 2008 Natural Gas Market in Texas

By Doron Ezickson, Paul Pantano, Sohair Aguirre and Mary Treanor On August 13, 2015, a  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) issued an initial decision in which she found that BP America Inc. et al. (“BP”) manipulated the natural … Continue reading

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CFTC Division of Market Oversight Holds Roundtable to Assess the Made Available to Trade Process

By Anthony Mansfield, Paul Pantano, Neal Kumar, Lamiya Rahman and Mary Treanor On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) hosted a public roundtable to discuss the process to determine whether a swap must be executed on … Continue reading

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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

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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

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