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Dodd-Frank Compliance in a Nutshell

Here are some important Dodd-Frank rules that you need to keep in mind if you are neither a Swap Dealer nor a Major Swap Participant ("Non-SD/MSP"). Clearing - General Rule. Dodd-Frank requires all swaps listed...more

FERC – CFTC Interagency Surveillance and Data Analytics Working Group

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently announced the formation of an interagency Surveillance and Data Analytics Working Group as one of the next steps to...more

Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well

Are you considering a cybersecurity assessment? If you heard Venable's presentation, "New Cybersecurity Framework Released: What You Need to Know," you might be. The Framework places increased emphasis on...more

Fed Seeks Public Comment on Financial Holding Company Physical Commodities Activities

An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) issued in mid-January by the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) seeks public comment on the scope of permissible physical commodities activities. Such activities have been under...more

What To Expect from the Environmental Commodity Markets in 2014

“In the US, there are two regulatory programs that require blenders and refiners to mix a certain percentage of biofuels into their traditional supply of crude oil,” said Brisson. “We’ve seen a number of issues in 2013 with...more

Conflict Minerals: Dodd-Frank, the SEC's Rule...and Beyond

Designed to reduce funding sources for those perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Legislative Report – MLP Parity Act

What: The MLP Parity Act (the “Act”) is a bill currently before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance seeking to expand Section 7704(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (which defines “qualifying income” for publicly traded...more

Junior Mining: OSC Issues Guidance On MD&A Disclosure

On February 6, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) released OSC Staff Notice 51-722 Report on a Review of Mining Issuers’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis Guidance (the “Report”). The Report summarizes the...more

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: CFTC’s Misaligned Definition of Forward Contracts Gives Rise to Another Potential Burden on LDCs...

In our recent post, “CFTC Forward vs. Trade Option: LDCs Still Struggle as Trade Option Reporting Deadline Looms,” we discussed the unintended impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

Conflict Minerals Update: D.C. Circuit Hears Oral Arguments

In the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, Congress required the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt a rule requiring transparency and disclosure regarding the use of “conflict minerals” sourced from the Democratic Republic...more

Louis Dreyfus Unit Settles FERC Enforcement Action Regarding Alleged MISO FTR Market Manipulation

On February 7, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a Stipulation and Consent Agreement between the Office of Enforcement (OE) and Louis Dreyfus Energy Services, L.P. (LDES) to resolve an...more

CFTC Forward vs. Trade Option: LDCs Still Struggle as Trade Option Reporting Deadline Looms

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) added provisions to the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) regarding the regulatory oversight of swaps transactions that have imposed unintended and...more

"EU Derivatives Reporting Obligations Clarified as February 12 Deadline Approaches"

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) requires EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on- or off-exchange, to report certain information and details relating to the trade to a registered...more

FERC Enforcement Director Calls For Legislative Fix To Address Hunter Decision

On January 15, 2014, Mr. Norman Bay, Director of the Office of Enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), testified at a Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection...more

FERC Enforcement Chief Norman Bay Testifies Regarding FERC’s Energy Market Oversight and Enforcement Authority and Approach

On January 15, 2014, Norman C. Bay, Director of the Office of Enforcement (OE) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), testified before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial...more

FRB Issues ANPR Seeking Public Comment on Physical Commodity Activities Related to Physical Commodities Conducted by Financial...

The Federal Reserve Board (the “FRB” or the “Board”) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (the “ANPR”) seeking public comment on issues related to activities concerning physical commodities conducted by financial...more

FERC-CFTC Memoranda of Understanding

For those clients involved in transactions subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC"), please be advised that on January 2, 2014, FERC...more

The CFTC and FERC Began the New Year with Steps toward Enforcement Coordination via MOUs on Jurisdiction and Information Sharing

Several months ago we discussed the lack of coordination between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) regarding energy market enforcement activities. ...more

AICPA Describes Audit Procedures For Conflict Minerals Audit

The AICPA has issued additional guidance regarding the independent private-sector audit, or IPSA, which is required in some circumstances under the conflicts minerals rules. (Note that AICPA’s guidance is only applicable to...more

Electric Utility Securitizations

Traditional utility securitizations, enabled by statute in approximately 17 states, have been used numerous times over the past 16 years to recover “stranded costs” resulting from deregulation, and environmental/pollution...more

CFTC and FERC Issue Long-Awaited Memoranda of Understanding on Jurisdiction and Information Sharing

On January 2, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC,” collectively, the “agencies”) signed “Memoranda of Understanding” regarding certain matters of...more

Judges Sharply Question SEC On Conflict Minerals Rule

Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its conflict minerals disclosure rule in August 2012, a coalition of business interests filed suit to challenge the SEC’s rule as unduly burdensome. That...more

Energy Regulators FERC, CFTC Finally Reach Proactive Understanding on Jurisdiction and Information Sharing

Primary regulators of energy transactions, the Federal Energy Regulatory and Commodity Futures Trading Commissions (FERC, CFTC or jointly Participating Agencies) began the new year by entering on January 2 two overdue...more

FERC And CFTC Reach Agreement On Information Sharing And Jurisdiction

After a fair amount of back-channel arm-twisting, the two agencies with principal (and sometimes overlapping) jurisdiction over energy commodities have reached agreement on two memoranda of understanding (“MOUs”) required by...more

FERC – CFTC Memoranda of Understanding, Finalized Three Years Late, Fail to Resolve Uncertainty Regarding FERC’s Enforcement...

Only three years late, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) (jointly, the “Commissions”) have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) as directed by Section...more

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