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FERC approved settlement with Twin Cities
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • December 30 2014

On December 30,2014, the Commission approved four Stipulation and Consent Agreements (Agreements) between the Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) and


Monthly futures exchange issuance report: February 2015
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • March 3 2015

This month, CME Group announced fines totaling $1.75 million against derivatives broker Newedge USA for violations of exchange rules in certain metal


Monthly futures exchange issuance report: March 2015
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • April 2 2015

This report summarizes selected material notices from CME Group and ICE Futures, with a particular focus on energy. It is not intended to a be a


Barclays motion to dismiss raises significant issues about FERC jurisdiction
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • January 6 2014

After an investigation of actions in the western electricity markets by Barclays Bank PLC ("Barclays"), Daniel Brin, Scott Connelly, Karen Levine


Oil and gas fraud working group to focus on energy markets
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • April 25 2011

On April 21, 2011, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the formation of an Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group to focus specifically on the detection of fraud in the energy markets


Force majeure provisions in power purchase agreements
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • May 4 2009

Recently Energy Risk magazine featured an article regarding "Force Majeure Provisions for Power Contracts."


CFTC designates seven ICE natural gas contracts as "significant price discovery contracts," subjecting them to regulatory oversight
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • April 27 2010

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted unanimously on April 27 to designate seven natural gas contracts traded on Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) as "significant price discovery contracts," or SPDCs


Administrative judge decision explores “subjective” parameters of unlawful market manipulation
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • February 10 2010

Wending its way to FERC on exception (appeal) is Administrative Judge Carmen Cintron's January 22 initial decision finding that lead natural gas trader for hedge fund Amaranth Advisors, Brian Hunter, manipulated the price of New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) natural gas futures contracts in order increase earnings on futures look-alike contracts (primarily swaps) that Amaranth concurrently held on the largely unregulated exchanges, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and Clearport, or over-the-counter (OTC


CFTC seeks input on Dodd-Frank implementation issues affecting energy end-users
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • April 1 2014

With most of its rules implementing the swap regulatory provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank") in


CFTC fines ConAgra $12 million, two commissioners dissent
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • USA
  • August 25 2010

On August 16, 2010, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an order approving a settlement resolving allegations that ConAgra Trade Group, Inc.caused a non-bona fide price to be reported for the NYMEX spot month crude oil futures contract in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act