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Red Notice Newsletter - February 2015

Introduction - Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, several companies face the consequences of...more

CFTC Reopens Comment Periods

On February 24, the CFTC submitted for publication in the Federal Register a notice reopening the comment periods for the two Position Limit rulemakings, in anticipation of questions and comments that may arise from the...more

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee To Hold Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on February 26. The meeting, which will focus on the expected impact of the CFTC’s proposed position limit...more

MD&A Lessons Learned from Broadwind Energy

On February 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Broadwind Energy, Inc. (Broadwind), its former Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Financial Officer for accounting and disclosure violations that, as the...more

Court Finds CFTC RTO/ISO Exemptive Order Bars CEA § 22 Private Right of Action, but More to Come from the CFTC

Can private litigants bring claims under the Commodity Exchange Act alleging manipulation in ERCOT’s energy markets? On February 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas answered “no,” granting...more

Reserves Reports and Asset Write-Downs – Legal Consequences for Public Companies

Summary - - Low oil prices may have a significant impact on reserves reports, financial statements and reserves based credit facilities of oil-weighted energy companies in Canada. How will reserves reports and...more

Asset Manager Hedging Results Fined for Failing to Register as a Commodity Trading Advisor

On January 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) fined an asset manager, using financial instruments to hedge its clients’ risk, for failing to register as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). See Summit...more

FERC Issues Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty for Alleged Market Manipulation in New England

On February 2, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty (Show Cause Order) directing Calgary-based Maxim Power Corporation and certain of its...more

Unregistered CTA Summit Energy Services: Choose Your Words Wisely

A recent case highlights the importance of periodically reviewing an energy company's marketing materials and related activities (including statements made on websites) to ensure that the company is not holding itself out --...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 4th Quarter 2014

Welcome 2015! We are coming off a solid economic performance in 2014 marked by improvements in hiring, wages and corporate investments. It has been a magnificent year for both the stock and bond markets, even with a...more

CFTC Issues Enforcement Order Regarding "Risk Management" Services and CTA Registration

On, January 16, the CFTC ordered Summit Energy Services, Inc. ("Summit Energy") to pay a $140,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that it violated the Commodity Exchange Act ("CEA") by failing to register as a commodity...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

Consultation Draft Rules Issued by the China Securities Regulatory Commission Regarding Foreign Investment in Futures Contracts

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has issued draft rules for consultation purposes relating to the proposed investment by foreign investors and dealing by foreign brokerages in futures contracts in the...more

China Regulator Proposes to Permit Designated Domestic Futures Contracts to be Traded by Foreigners

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is soliciting public comment on proposed rules (Interim Measures) that would open Chinese futures markets to direct trading by non-Chinese persons apparently for both...more

CFTC Penalizes Energy Company for Failing to Register as a CTA

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently ordered Summit Energy Services, Inc. (“Summit Energy”) to pay a $140,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that it violated the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”). In...more

FERC Enforcement – What to Expect in 2015

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) recently released its annual report on enforcement activities for 2014. As is typical, Enforcement identified its primary concerns as...more

FCPA Digest - January 2015

In this issue: - Recent Trends and Patterns in FCPA Enforcement - Foreign Bribery Criminal Prosecution Under the FCPA - Foreign Bribery Civil Actions Instituted by the Department of Justice under the...more

Sol-Wind’s IPO Compared to YieldCos & Structures of Other MLPs

Yesterday, Sol-Wind filed its S-1 with the Securities & Exchange Commission for its listing on the NYSE. Its ticker symbol will be SLWD. Here is a link to my structure diagrams for Sol-Wind and comparisons of it to a...more

SEC Continues To Focus On Microcap Fraud

The Commission continues to focus on microcap fraud actions with two new manipulation cases involving penny stocks. In one a former registered representative acted as an unregistered broker and then engaged in a series of...more

Corporate Governance Update: The Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014 (CTH)

The Corporations Amendment (Publish What You Pay) Bill 2014 (Cth) (Bill) is currently before the Senate. If passed, it will amend the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to require: - Australian companies involved in...more

NextEra Acquires Hawaiian Utility for $4.3 Billion

NextEra recently acquired Hawaiian Electric Industries (“HEI”) in a transaction valued at $4.3 billion, subject to Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approval and approval by HEI shareholders. HEI shareholders will receive a...more

Important Changes to Offerings to Existing Security Holders and Rights Offerings and their Impact on the Mining Sector in Canada

Two important developments were announced today that affect how Canadian reporting issuers can raise capital from their existing security holders: - The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) announced the introduction...more

Bennett Jones Fall 2014 Economic Outlook

We expect a modest strengthening of global growth over the next two years relative to 2013 and 2014, largely originating from the advanced economies, and the U.S. in particular. Growth in the emerging economies as a whole...more

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Foreign Investments: Mass Media - Project Finance - Environment - Electric Power - Banking - National Payment System - Securities: New Issue Standards - Excerpt from Electric...more

Some Welcomed Recognition for Exploration Mining Companies

As market sentiment and investor confidence in Australia's extractive industries remains subdued, recent initiatives from governments and regulators demonstrate, at least, an acknowledgment of the issues faced by mineral...more

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