The Market Abuse Regulation (MAR), which impacts the energy and commodity trading sector, started on 3rd July 2016. Since then, it has been necessary for any “PPAET” (Professional Person Arranging and Executing Transactions) to implement “effective monitoring”, that is, procedures, policies, technology training, and suspicious transaction and order reporting. A large proportion of market participants are considered to be PPAET, and this has led to an increase to vigilance in monitoring , as well as increased interest in the purchase of surveillance systems.
In addition, REMIT outlaws market manipulation and insider trading on all EU wholesale energy markets. There have already been several investigations started, and sum completed, into possible breaches of these rules
This article on the Mondaq website by Radoslav Mikov and Katerina Novakova of Wolf Theiss & Partner reports on the implementation of the rules in Bulgaria. The appropriate sanctions regimes have been put in place and regulators have made clear that amrket participants are expected to follow the appropriate regulations.
This is yet another sign that the trend to increased vigilance in anti abuse measures will continue over the coming months and years.