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HTMLISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties
James M. Cain, Daphne G. Frydman, David T. McIndoe, Mark D. Sherrill, R. Michael Sweeney; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014
On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master Agreement (Section 2(a)(iii)) is a condition precedent that suspends a...

 

HTMLCFTC Division of Market Oversight Releases Questions for June 19 Roundtable on Position Limits
James M. Cain, Daphne G. Frydman, Catherine M. Krupka, David T. McIndoe, R. Michael Sweeney; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will host a public roundtable on June 19, 2014, to discuss questions related to a proposed rulemaking to establish speculative position limits for 28 exempt and agricultural commodity futures and option contracts and their economically equivalent...

 

HTMLCFTC Adopts Streamlined Approach for Delegation of CPO Registration
James M. Cain, Warren N. Davis, Daphne G. Frydman, David T. McIndoe, R. Michael Sweeney; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 27, 2014, previously published on May 19, 2014
On May 12, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff letter (the Staff Letter) that provides a streamlined approach for commodity pool operators (CPOs) to request no-action relief to delegate the CPO...

 

HTMLNew Jersey Appeals Court Interprets Force Majeure Clause in NAESB
Sohair A. Aguirre, Kenneth W. Irvin, Daryl L. Rice; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2014, previously published on May 7, 2014
In a ruling of significant importance for those confronting force majeure (“FM”) issues in natural gas trades, and a win for Hess Corporation (“Hess” or “Plaintiff”), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division ruled that Eni Petroleum US, LLC...

 

HTMLSignificant Upwind Impact: The Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Sohair A. Aguirre, Athena Velie Eastwood, Kenneth W. Irvin, Gregory K. Lawrence, Sarah Tucker; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 15, 2014, previously published on May 9, 2014
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”). EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., No. 12-1182. In a 6-2 decision, the majority held that: (1) the Clean Air Act...

 

HTMLGoing Public: Powhatan Energy Fund’s “Insurance Policy” Regarding FERC Enforcement’s Non-Public Manipulation Investigation into the Fund’s “High-Frequency” PJM Trading Activity
Lynna Cobrall, Gregory K. Lawrence; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 7, 2014, previously published on May 5, 2014
On February 28, 2014, Powhatan Energy Fund (“Powhatan”) launched a public website disclosing that for more than three years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) Office of Enforcement (“OE”) has been investigating Powhatan for alleged manipulation of...

 

HTMLCFTC Affords Market Participants a “Second Bite” at the Swap Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules
James M. Cain, Meghan R. Gruebner, Alexander S. Holtan, Meltem F. Kodaman, Raymond A. Ramirez; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 4, 2014, previously published on April 2, 2014
Last month, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a request for public comment on its swap data recordkeeping and reporting requirements under Part 45 of its regulations. The CFTC adopted Part 45 in 2012 pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...

 

HTMLCFTC Deadlines Approach for Swap Dealer Margin Segregation Notifications and Buy-Side Responses
Maureen A. Donley, Theodore M. Kneller, W. Graham McCall, Mark D. Young; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 4, 2014, previously published on April 2, 2014
Market participants that enter into uncleared swaps should expect to receive notifications from swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) counterparties regarding segregation of initial margin for swaps. Dodd-Frank amended Commodity Exchange Act Section 4s(l) to provide SD and MSP...

 

HTMLDistrict Court Cites Recent “Evolution” of Rule 23 Standards to Deny Class Certification Motion in Securities Action Based Upon Allegedly Misleading Registration Statement
John M. Landry, John P. Stigi; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 1, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014
In In re Kosmos Energy Ltd. Securities Litigation, No. 3:12-CV-373-B, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36365 (N.D. Tex. Mar. 19, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Boyle, J.) denied lead plaintiff’s class certification motion in a consolidated action alleging...

 

HTMLExpiration of CFTC Cross-Border Exemption May Impact Non-US Swap Trading
Maureen A. Donley, Theodore M. Kneller, Daniel S. Konar, Mark D. Young; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013
Earlier this year, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued Cross-Border Guidance that set out the agency’s interpretation on the extent to which CFTC swap regulations would apply outside the U.S. The Cross-Border Guidance also addressed whether the CFTC could permit...

 


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