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Significant Developments in Canadian Energy – For the month of April 2016

Conventional - April 21, 2016 – The Alberta government announced the technical formulas that will be used to calculate royalties and payout cost allowances on oil, natural gas, propane and butane starting in 2017....more

Panel Offers Insights on Doing Business in Colombia

As Colombia moves toward a peace agreement with FARC rebels and works to accomplish reforms necessary for OECD accession, the nation stands poised at the threshold of significant growth and transformation. Such was the...more

Second Circuit Issues Amended Order Affirming Dismissal in Transocean

On April 29, the United States Court of Appeals entered an amended order (previously decided on March 17, 2016) that affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in DeKalb...more

FERC Proposes to Pierce the Corporate Veil and Impose $216 Million in Fines in Alleged Natural Gas Market Manipulation Scheme

On April 28, 2016, FERC issued an order directing Total Gas & Power North America, Inc. (Total Gas), two of its traders, its ultimate corporate parent, Total S.A. (Total) and an affiliate Total Gas & Power, LTD (TGPL) to show...more

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

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...more

Eighth Circuit Breathes Life Into Halliburton's Price Impact Defense

The First Circuit Court of Appeals decision applying the Supreme Court's landmark 2014 decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014) ("Halliburton II"), favored the defendants, finding as a...more

Oil price turbulence benefits the opportunistic

The prolonged turbulence in oil prices has brought cost reduction programmes, the shelving of projects, and insolvencies in the oil field services (OFS) and exploration and production (E&P) sectors — and has presented a once...more

"CFTC Proposes Exclusion of Certain Electric Power and Natural Gas Contracts From 'Swap' Definition"

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed guidance that would exclude certain capacity contracts in electric power markets (capacity contracts) and natural gas peaking supply contracts from...more

CFTC Proposes Dodd-Frank Relief to Certain Energy Industry Contracts

The proposal furthers an ongoing effort to minimize Dodd-Frank burdens on commercial end users. On April 4, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order proposing guidance about the Dodd-Frank...more

CFTC Proposes Guidance Clarifying that Certain Electric Capacity and Natural Gas Peaking Contracts are not “Swaps”

The CFTC has proposed guidance that certain capacity contracts in electric power markets and certain natural gas peaking supply contracts should not be considered “swaps” under the Commodity Exchange Act. The guidance does...more

CFTC Further Reduces Regulatory Burdens Associated with Commodity Options

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) took action to further reduce the regulatory requirements associated with commodity trade options through issuance of a final rule that took effect on...more

Oil and Gas Company Discloses SEC Investigation into Potential FCPA Violations

On March 15, an Ohio-based provider of sand products used in the oil and gas industry disclosed that in December 2015, the SEC notified it of an investigation of potential violations of the FCPA and other securities laws...more

Court Dismisses Secondary Market Securities Class Action Based on Extensive Evidence

In Coffin v. Atlantic Power Corp., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered two motions: (1) for leave under section 138.8 of the Ontario Securities Act (the “OSA”) to commence an action for secondary market...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.17.16

As expected, the Fed kept interest rates at current levels and “once again pared its plans for raising interest rates, citing the weakness of the global economy as a reason for greater caution about the prospects for domestic...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on Presentation of Investment Recommendations and Disclosure of Conflict of Interest Under MAR - The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing...more

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...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 8, 2016, Fitch updated its global rating criteria for single- and multi-name credit-linked notes. On March 8, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating European covered bonds. On March 4, 2016, DBRS published...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.14.16

Even as oil prices are rebounding and bringing some welcome hope to battered markets, the Journal worries that “this rally could lead to its own demise,” as higher prices “will likely encourage shale producers to ramp up...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Publishes Results of the CRDIV-CRR/Basel III Monitoring Exercise as of June 30, 2015 - On March 2, the European Banking Authority ("EBA") published its report of its ninth Basel III monitoring exercise, particularly...more

Moody’s Joins Effort to Standardize Green Bond Market

The municipal green bond market is in its infancy. For it to achieve scale and widespread recognition, a process for verifying whether a bond is “green” is needed so the market can fairly judge the merits of each green bond...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.3.16

The past 2 days saw an incredible and tragic turn of events for former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, part owner of the OK Thunder and a winery in Bordeaux and “face of the nation’s natural gas boom,” who on Tuesday...more

Canadian Derivatives Regulation: The New Looming Reality of Compliance and Costs for Energy Companies

Canadian energy companies, including energy producers, energy infrastructure companies, energy trading and marketing organizations, natural gas distribution companies, power transmission and generation companies, electric...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.19.16

Barclays has agreed to pay $50 million to settle claims by Plaintiff Axiom Investment Advisors that it “misused a system intended to block stale foreign exchange prices as a way to boost the bank’s profits while hurting...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.18.16

What’s this? A rally hat trick for Wall Street? Asking for 4 might just be greedy at this point, but Mikey needs a new pair of shoes . . . – WSJ and Bloomberg... Even much-maligned bank stocks were feeling the love...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.17.16

If we’ve learned any lessons this year, it’s not to get excited about a 2-day rally. That said, we’ve not had much to cheer about in the 2016 markets, so let’s get crazy. With markets closed on Monday, the Friday-Tuesday...more

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