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avivhandler

Aviv is the Managing Director of ETR Advisory, a niche consultancy focused on the regulation of the commodity, energy and financial markets. He has more than 23 years of experience in the financial, energy and commodity markets, covering regulatory compliance, credit, risk and financial technology. Prior to founding ETR, he was Partner at SunGard Global Services, where he built a Centre of Excellence in European Energy and Commodity Regulation. Before that, he founded Coherence, a consulting firm specializing in credit risk in commodity and energy trading as well as software product management. The credit practice ultimately became part of Sirius Solutions, where he was the Managing Director of Europe. He has also held management roles at KWI and Iris Financial, among other organizations. Mr. Handler holds a degree in computer science from Imperial College, University of London.
avivhandler has written 1142 posts for Energy Trading Regulation

Two REMIT fines in Spain

Two fines have been levied by the CMNC,  the National Regulatory Authority of Spain, both for “physical withholding”: A fine of  5.8M Euros against Endessa Generación, S.A. (see here). A fine of 19.5M Euros against Naturgy Generación, S.A (see here). This follows a spate of other fines this year under REMIT (for example, see here).

Anti abuse news – and a panel

Recent market manipulation cases (for example see here) have continued the trend of an increased focus on anti abuse activity on the part of regulators. Earlier this year, the UK’s FCA issued a business plan (see here) which included a further focus on anti abuse activity under MAR. The FCA uses data collected under MiFID … Continue reading

GB capacity market – appeal delayed

There have been developments in the story around the suspension of the GB capacity market since our last post here. This story on the Utility Week web site reports that the appeal being brought on the European Commission against the suspension of the market has been delayed. The appeal is to be heard either in … Continue reading

MiFID II issues

While the impact of MiFID II on the energy and commodities sector has been relatively quiet recently (see here), there has been a great deal of discussion in the wider financial sector. The issue of “research unbundling”, that is the requirement that research be charged for rather than provided as a “bundled service”, has had … Continue reading

Mis-marking case in the US

The CFTC has charged a former natural gas trader for fraudulently mis-marking physical and futures natural gas trades, as announced in this press release. David Smothermon is alleged to have engaged in a multifaceted scheme that, among other things, involved causing false and deceptive entries in the company’s internal record-keeping system to exaggerate the value … Continue reading

FCA issues “Dear CEO” letter to wholesale brokers

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority(FCA)  has issued this open letter to the CEOs of wholesale brokers, across several asset classes. The letter identifies some issues observed by the FCA at broker firms, focusing on four issues that could be causing “harm”: Compensation arrangements Governance arrangements Dealing with conflicts of interest A culture and mindset that … Continue reading

New position limits opinions from ESMA

ESMA yesterday issued further opinion documents on position limits already set by National Competent Authorities(NCAs) under MiFID II. This follows the publication of opinions in March (see here). Each opinion has confirmed the limit at the level originality set. The documents explain the rationale for each limit, how the deliverable supply has been calculated and how … Continue reading

ACER issues latest “REMIT Quarterly”

ACER has issued the latest “REMIT Quarterly” newsletter today. It can be found here. In addition to providing an update on previously published statistics (see here) it covers some other subjects: A review of the case and penalty against Vitol SA last year (see here). An update on new documents since the last newsletter (e.g. … Continue reading

Anti abuse trials

See here for an article on Bloomberg about the ongoing case of Fabiana Abdel-Malek, a former compliance officer at UBS AG, and Walid Choucair a day trader. It is alleged that  Abdel-Malek gave “tips” based on inside information to Choucair. The article  mentions that a “burner” phone was used, with SIM cards being switched frequently. … Continue reading

No Accepted Market Practices under REMIT – CEER

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) has issued this note on “Accepted Market Practices” (AMP) under REMIT. Behaviours described as an AMP by a National Regulatory Authority would not constitute a breach of REMIT Article 5, provided it is correctly  registered  as an AMP. A similar concept exists under MAR. The note states that: … Continue reading