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Energy Sector Alert Series: Brexit and Energy - Leaving the EU While Staying Connected

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Lawyers from across the firm are discussing issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and intellectual...more

UK CMA Announces Closure of Investigation into PCWs for Energy Tariffs

On 6 October 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced the closure of its investigation into a suspected competition law breach by some price comparison websites (“PCWs”) for energy tariffs on the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

The Eighth Circuit Extinguishes Claims of Continuing Conduct in Propane Tank Conspiracy

Before plaintiffs could light the pilot on antitrust claims against two propane tank distributors, a split Eighth Circuit panel cut the gas. In doing so, the majority espoused a narrow view of the applicability of the...more

One Less Sheriff In Town: Ninth Circuit Rules that Communications Common Carriers are Exempt from FTC Enforcement

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a major decision restructuring how common carriers are regulated at the federal level. The Ninth Circuit interpreted Section 5 of the FTC Act, which...more

BP Case Reflects FERC’s Broad View of its Jurisdiction

On July 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or “Commission”) issued an order affirming an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) Initial Decision finding that BP America (“BP”) and certain affiliated entities...more

Israel’s Anti-Concentration Law Presents Unique PE Opportunity

In December 2013, Israel introduced new legislation — the Law for the Promotion of Competition and Reduction of Concentration — designed to break the dominance of large corporations and strengthen competition in the country’s...more

ValueAct Settlement Marks Record Penalty in Heightened Agency Efforts Against HSR Act Violations

Where is the line drawn between acquisitions of securities made “solely for the purpose of investment” on one hand, and influencing control, thereby requiring regulatory approval, on the other hand? That is the central...more

ISONE External Market Monitor report 2015

A report by the New England electricity market's external monitor has found that "the markets performed competitively in 2015." ISO New England operates wholesale electricity markets covering most of New England. It...more

FTC Workshop Examines Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Rooftop Solar Industry

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the rooftop solar industry—also known as solar “distributed generation.” Beyond exploring a wide...more

Will network charges encourage the installation of residential batteries?

It remains to be seen what impact batteries will have on the operation of Australia’s electricity networks. They may become an integral part of those networks, could be used as a substitute for those networks and may...more

European Commission Asserts Broad Power to Scrutinize Transactions Involving Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

EC decision considering the control over SOEs may have far-reaching implications for future transactions of all Chinese SOEs in Europe. In its recent decision in Case COMP/M.7850 - EDF / CGN / NNB Group of Companies, the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.9.16

Friday’s jobs report underwhelmed, but it shouldn’t necessarily put off a June rate hike by the Fed, says the Journal, especially given the news that wages climbed last month – WSJ... Fair Game got downright monarchical...more

North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity

The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group seeking to legitimize such...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

Antitrust and competition - A welcome limitation on the investigatory powers of the Commission when requesting information from companies - On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) set aside...more

Australian Competition & Regulation Update - Misuse of Wholesale Electricity Market Power - US Class Action Proceeds

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE US? Class Action to proceed On 1 April 2016, a US District Court allowed a class action to proceed. The action was brought by Merced Irrigations District (Merced) against Barclays Bank PLC...more

Antitrust Lessons from Oil Giants’ Proposed Merger

In perhaps an unsurprising move, last week the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the merger of Halliburton and Baker Hughes, the first and third largest oilfield services companies in the...more

DOJ Sues to Block Halliburton's Purchase of Competitor Baker Hughes

Nearly a year and a half after the deal was announced, on April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenged Halliburton's proposed $35 billion acquisition of rival oilfield services provider Baker Hughes. The DOJ...more

Australian Competition & Regulation Update for Port & Rail Infrastructure Operators and Users

In this update we touch on recent events in the competition and regulation space of relevance to port and rail infrastructure owners and access seekers, being: a recent decision of the Australian Competition...more

A Global Corruption Crackdown [Video]

An interview on CNBC's Power Lunch (April 1, 2016), where I exchange views with Frank Vogl, Co-founder Transparency Intl and the Partnership for Transparency Fund, and author of "Waging War on Corruption - Inside the movement...more

New York District Court Allows Monopolization Claims Alleging Manipulation of Electricity Prices to Proceed Against Barclays

Last week, Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York partially granted Barclays PLC’s motion to dismiss antitrust and unfair enrichment claims brought against it by Merced...more

Energy & commodities: portfolio acquisitions

There have been a number of trading portfolios acquired and disposed of in the commodities trading sector in the last 18 to 24 months (commodities acquisition(s)). This activity has been due to a number of factors, such as...more

Federal Counterpart to New York’s Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures by Fossil Fuel Companies

Recently, three House Democrats urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an investigation of an alleged conspiracy by the fossil fuel industry to deceive the public on climate change in order to benefit the sale of its...more

Ofgem’s certification review of the Blue Transmission Companies

On 4 February 2016 Ofgem published a decision reviewing the certification status of the Blue Transmission Companies (“BTCs”). The review follows two other previous Ofgem decisions. The reasoning of Ofgem and the EU Commission...more

FERC Proposes $2.4 Million Civil Penalty for CAISO Power Trading Activities

On December 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or the Commission) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty (OSC) directing ETRACOM LLC and its principal member and trader, Michael...more

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