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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

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions....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

CFTC Proposed Guidance on Gas and Capacity Contracts Further Reduces Dodd-Frank Swap Burdens on End-Users

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued proposed guidance that two products – common in competitive wholesale electric and natural gas markets – would not be considered swaps under the...more

Private Equity Goes Green

In December 2015, world leaders met to negotiate the Paris Agreement. Setting aside whether the Paris Agreement goes too far, not far enough or is just right, one cannot dispute that government commitments to limit an...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

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - April 2016

Energy Charter Treaty Arbitration - Claims Against Spain and Italy as a Result of Alterations to their Renewable Energy Legislation - In recent years, there have been a raft of Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”)...more

International Monetary Fund’s Forecast for Global Economy Cools

Even as experts are signaling caution in their outlook for the automotive sector, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is lowering its forecast of economic growth for this year. In its April 2016 report, the IMF reduced...more

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy - Last month China’s thirteenth “Five-Year Plan” (FYP13) was approved, setting out a social and economic development blueprint for the country for the next...more

Energy SPACs

In the first quarter of 2016, two energy-focused, special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) made their Nasdaq market debuts, including 2016’s largest U.S. initial public offering (IPO) to date. On February 29,...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

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #2

CFTC Again Extends Deadlines for New OCR Compliance; Puts Pressure on FCM Clients Who Will Not Provide Adequate Information Regarding Trading Control - Late last week, staff of the Division of Market Oversight of the...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 Awards More than $10 Million to Whistleblower

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced a whistleblower award of more than $10 million. This is only the third whistleblower award that the CFTC has approved since the inception of the...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

China Gives Green Light for Green Bonds

China launched a green bond pilot initiative via the Shanghai Stock Exchange, encouraging further foreign investment in a rapidly growing asset class and paving the way for issuances by non-financial institutions....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

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2016 #5

Regulatory Developments - SEC Issues FAST Act IM Guidance - The SEC published an IM Guidance Update highlighting two exemptions from registration under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the Advisers Act) that...more

Question and Answer from the Tax Equity Structuring, Financial Modeling and HLBV Accounting Seminar

The tax equity investor invests to own only a portion of the production tax credits (PTCs) up front, since there is an unknown of the actual production levels of the wind farm. What does the project company do with the...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

Investment in Iran After Implementation Day

January 16, 2016, marked the Implementation Day that recognised the certification by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran had met its obligations under the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a...more

Federal Budget 2016 Extends Mineral Exploration Tax Credit

Canada’s Liberal party released their first Federal Budget on March 22, 2016 since taking office last year. Despite projecting a staggering deficit of approximately $30 billion, the Budget contains welcome news to issuers of...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

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