Category Archives: Regulation

CFTC Proposes Amendment to RTO-ISO Order

By Athena Eastwood, Mark Haskell, Anthony Mansfield, Gregory Mocek, Paul Pantano, Brett Snyder, Jonathan Flynn, Christopher Hood, Neal Kumar, Thomas Millar, and Michael Selig On May 10, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed an amendment (“Proposed Amendment”) to an order it issued on March 28, 2013 (“RTO-ISO Order”), exempting … Continue reading

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

Compliance Departments Must Continue to Evolve as Regulators Refine Their Approach to Spoofing

By Anthony Mansfield, Gregory Mocek, Paul Pantano and Jonathan Flynn The government’s pursuit of alleged “spoofing” continues to garner headlines with the criminal authorities recently securing a conviction in the prosecution of Michael Coscia for alleged spoofing on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as well … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Commodity Trading, DOJ, Enforcement and Investigations, Regulation

Long-Awaited Decision is a Mixed Result for Litigants Battling FERC Enforcement Actions in Federal Court

By Paul Pantano, Thomas Millar and Mary Treanor Individuals and organizations litigating the imposition of civil penalties by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) under its anti-manipulation authority in federal court received another opinion last week, this time from the Federal District Court for … Continue reading

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

CFTC Awards More than $10 Million to Whistleblower

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced a whistleblower award of more than $10 million.  This is only the third whistleblower award that the CFTC has approved since the inception of the CFTC whistleblower program in … Continue reading

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

CFTC Adopts Final Trade Option Rule

On March 16, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved amendments to the rules applicable to certain physically-settled options referred to as “trade options.”  This final rule substantially reduces the regulatory burdens for end-users entering into trade options … Continue reading

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

New ICE Futures U.S. Wash Trade FAQ

Effective February 23, 2016, ICE Futures U.S., Inc. (“ICE” or “Exchange”) issued a revised Wash Trade Frequently Asked Questions (“ICE FAQ”).  This ICE FAQ replaces a 2009 ICE Wash Trade FAQ and provides additional guidance to market participants on trades that … Continue reading

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

CFTC Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee Meeting

On February 25, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (“EEMAC”) convened its first public meeting of the year.  During the first of two panel discussions, the EEMAC considered the CFTC’s proposed order granting … Continue reading

Posted in CFTC, Regulation

CFTC Technology Advisory Committee Meeting

On February 23, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Technology Advisory Committee (“TAC”) convened its first public meeting of the new year.  The meeting included three panel discussions focused on nascent technological issues facing the derivatives industry.  In the … Continue reading

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U.S. DOE Disclaims Jurisdiction Over Canadian Gas and Authorizes LNG Exports to Non-FTA Nations From Bear Head LNG Project

By Tania Perez and Lamiya Rahman On February 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (“DOE/FE”) issued two orders to Bear Head LNG Corporation and Bear Head LNG (USA), LLC (together, “Bear Head LNG”), formally announcing DOE’s comprehensive policy for considering applications … Continue reading

Posted in DOE, Energy Infrastructure, LNG, Oil & Gas, Regulation

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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