Category Archives: Oil & Gas

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

On to the Supreme Court? The D.C. Circuit Denies FERC’s Request for Rehearing En Banc of its Decision to Vacate FERC’s Demand Response Rule

By Kenneth Irvin, Gregory Lawrence, Terence Healey and Thomas Millar On September 17, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s request for rehearing en banc of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate … Continue reading

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Clear Rift Highlighted by Commissioners’ Lack of Action on New England’s Most Recent Forward Capacity Auction Results

By Kenneth Irvin, Gregory Lawrence, Terence Healey and Thomas Millar On September 16, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s four Commissioners issued statements explaining a 2-2 deadlock between Chairman LaFleur and Commissioner Moeller on the one hand and Commissioner Clark and new Commissioner Bay … 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

REMIT Draft Implementing Acts Further Define Data Reporting Obligations

By Doron Ezickson and Adam Topping On 8 July 2014, the European Commission’s DG Energy published an updated draft of the implementing acts on data reporting under the Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (“REMIT”). This document sets out the … Continue reading

Posted in Commodity Trading, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation, REMIT

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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More FERC Federalism: D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC’s Jurisdiction Again – New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC

By Kenneth Irvin, Gregory Lawrence, Natalie Mitchell, and Katrina Olsen On July 8, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the petition for review filed by New England Power Generators Association, Inc. and other market participants’ over … Continue reading

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FERC Versus State Authorities: Supreme Court Agrees to Review ONEOK v. Learjet

By Kenneth Irvin, Terence Healey, Natalie Mitchell, and Christopher Polito On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition to hear an appeal by several companies contending that antitrust claims filed against them under state law over alleged manipulation of gas prices … Continue reading

Posted in FERC, Oil & Gas, Power, Regulation