U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report - October 2017

The Bracewell U.S. Futures Exchanges Disciplinary Actions Report is a monthly report that provides summaries of certain disciplinary notices by U.S. exchanges during the prior month. The report has a particular focus on notices potentially relevant to energy commodities and is not intended to be a comprehensive review of each and every notice issued. Instead, the report is intended to provide market participants, and compliance personnel in particular, with illustrative examples of rule violations and to bring to light enforcement trends across the exchanges. The disciplinary notices cited in...

CFTC Annual Enforcement Update

On November 22, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) released its annual enforcement report for fiscal year 2017. As in previous years, this year’s report highlights the agency’s continued commitment to enforcement and aggressive pursuit of those viewed as engaging in conduct that undermines the integrity of CFTC-jurisdictional markets. In fiscal year 2017, the CFTC brought 49 enforcement actions, with matters involving market manipulation, prohibited trading practices, or retail fraud ( e.g ., Ponzi schemes) accounting for the vast majority of these actions (35 out of 49...

FERC Rejects Marketing Affiliate Petition

Can a marketing affiliate of an oil pipeline purchase transportation at the filed tariff rate and then re-sell this capacity at a lower, non-public rate without running afoul of the Interstate Commerce Act’s prohibition on rebates? On November 22, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order that addressed this very issue. One year ago, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (“Magellan”) filed a petition for declaratory order at FERC seeking FERC’s opinion on several structures involving a to-be-created marketing affiliate. This marketing affiliate would facilitate...

FERC Annual Enforcement Update

FERC Annual Enforcement Update On November 16, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) released the Office of Enforcement’s (“OE”) annual report on enforcement activities (“ Annual Report ”) for fiscal year 2017 (“FY 2017”). Although the report, which covers activities from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017, merely reflects the activities and views of enforcement staff and is not necessarily representative of the views of the Commission or any Commissioner, the Annual Report can provide useful insights into compliance issues faced by market...

LIBOR: The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine?)

A few months ago, the head of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority announced that it will stop requiring the reference banks to submit sterling quotes for LIBOR, the interbank lending rate, by the end of 2021. The acronym refers to the London-based unsecured wholesale market rates for jumbo deposits between major banks that are denominated in certain designated currencies. LIBOR is the most commonly used floating interest rate at which banks lend to each other, and is incorporated in several trillions of dollars of U.S. commercial loan products, including commercial mortgages, guaranties,...
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