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CORPORATE PPAs Market Trends and Opportunities

Corporations have dramatically increased their purchases of renewable energy in recent years. This trend has shifted the traditional power purchase market away from reliance upon utilities, and presents a tremendous growth...more

CFTC Proposal Invites Private Litigation of RTO Market Manipulation Theories

With its proposed order issued earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) may be making an already complicated landscape governing energy market manipulation even more so. The proposed order (CFTC...more

CFTC Proposes Amendment to RTO-ISO Order

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 certain electric energy transactions from a...more

DOJ Closes FCPA Investigation into Onshore, Rig-based Well Servicing Contractor Without Prosecution; SEC Negotiations Continuing

On April 28, an onshore, rig-based well servicing contractor with operations in the United States, Mexico, and Russia announced that the DOJ had closed its investigation into possible violations of the FCPA in relation to the...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and US Securities and Exchange Commission Jointly Propose Guidance on Certain Natural Gas...

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission jointly proposed guidance relating to the treatment of certain electric power and natural gas contracts. Specifically, the guidance...more

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

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...more

LMEShield and other developments – the LME’s continuing pivot to Asia

The announcement of the LMEShield initiative arrives off the back of a number of other Asia focused developments for the LME. The LMEShield initiative takes the LME yet one step further towards its desire of having LME...more

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

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