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Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.22.16

As most expected, the Fed held rates steady yesterday. Though its divided FOMC and Chair Yellen’s comments about an improving economy seem to portend a rate hike before the end of the year....more

CFTC Likely Will Not Move Forward on Controversial Proposal to Allow Private Claims for Fraud and Market Manipulation in...

In May 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed an amendment to a 2013 order concerning regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent system operator (ISO) organized electric markets that...more

Do Not Pass Go: FERC Administrative Proceedings Remain First Stop for Market Manipulation Claims under the Natural Gas Act

Fraud and energy market manipulation have remained priorities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement (OE) over the past several years. The agency has ramped up its investigative efforts, reporting...more

Recent FERC Settlements Demonstrate Agency’s Continued Pursuit of Individual Trader Liability—But Also Include Rare Downward...

Key Points - - FERC continues to focus on “related-position” manipulation cases—this time involving bidweek trading to influence the value of related financial positions. - FERC aggressively pursues market...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.30.16

And after all the sturm und drang surrounding the Hershey Trust and the Mondelez buyout offer over these past few months . . .  it’s over.  Mondelez announced yesterday that it’s no longer seeking to acquire the Hershey...more

SEC Overrules Its Own Administrative Law Judge to Clear Customer of Fraud Charges

In a rare reversal of its own administrative law judge in the Matter of optionsXpress, the full Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously held that the SEC’s Enforcement Division had not met its burden of proof that the...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - August 2016

The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and expanded reporting,...more

2016 Democratic and Republican Parties’ Platforms on International Trade

As the calendar turns from July to August, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have both concluded. During the conventions, Americans learned about the candidates and their respective parties’ positions through...more

FERC Civil Penalties May Be Subject to Full Judicial Review

A Federal District Court recently held that a proposed civil penalty assessed by FERC was subject to a full trial de novo where the respondent elects to forego a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, a matter of first...more

FERC Goes Back to the Drawing Board on Data Collection Rule

On July 21, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed a new data collection rule that would require market-based rate (MBR) sellers and entities trading virtual products or holding firm transmission...more

Federal Court Grants Full Civil Trial to FERC Enforcement Target

The decision will likely affect the strategies of enforcement targets in electric market manipulation cases. For the first time, a federal district judge has held that a review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s...more

BP Case Reflects FERC’s Broad View of its Jurisdiction

On July 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or “Commission”) issued an order affirming an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) Initial Decision finding that BP America (“BP”) and certain affiliated entities...more

Court Holds FERC De Novo Review to Proceed as “Ordinary Civil Action”

Last week, a federal district judge ruled for the first time that the “review de novo” promised by section 31(d) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”), 16 U.S.C. § 823b(d), will be “treated as an ordinary civil action requiring a...more

FERC as Prosecutor, Judge and Jury?

May the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) initiate an enforcement investigation against a company for manipulating natural gas markets, order the company to show cause why it shouldn’t be fined and then decide the...more

FERC v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In...

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an...more

"EU Market Abuse Regulation — New Requirements for Issuers of Debt Securities Admitted to Trading in Europe"

On 3 July 2016, Regulation 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union (the Market Abuse Regulation) repealed and replaced Directive 2003/6/EC on Market Abuse (the Market Abuse Directive)....more

Career Securities Law Violator Pleads Guilty To Manipulation

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office secured a guilty plea in a stock manipulation case from a career securities law violator. The guilty plea is the fourth conviction for defendant John Galanis. U.S. v. Galanis, No....more

After Favorable LIBOR Ruling from the Second Circuit, Investors Now Allege Anticompetitive SIBOR Manipulation

On July 5, 2016, investors filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York alleging defendant banks had manipulated the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) “and/or” Singapore Swap Offer Rate (SOR)...more

EU & Competition Law Update – June 2016

BREXIT – BUSINESS AS USUAL...AT LEAST FOR NOW - What do you need to know? Despite the UK's vote to leave the European Union ("EU"), companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the EU in...more

UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Market Participants

The new regime shares the same aims as its predecessor—to ensure the integrity of EU financial markets and enhance investor confidence—and keeps pace with market developments such as new trading platforms, new technology, and...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.11.16

A putative class action filed last week is accusing 25 prominent banks—including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays—of “conspiring to rig the market for securities” sold by the US Treasury in their roles as primary...more

FERC Increases Maximum Civil Monetary Penalties for Power, Gas and Oil Companies

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an interim final rule amending the civil monetary penalties within its jurisdiction to adjust for inflation. FERC adjusted its penalties...more

FERC Issues Order Assessing Civil Penalties Against ETRACOM

On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order Assessing Civil Penalties against ETRACOM LLC (“ETRACOM”) and ETRACOM’s founding member and majority owner, Michael...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

The Global Implications of the EU's New Civil Market Abuse Regime

On 3 July 2016 the EU Market Abuse Regulations (“MAR”) will come into force, replacing the previous civil market abuse regime as set out in the Market Abuse Directive (“MAD”). Given its extra-territorial effect, the changes...more

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