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$16m fine in the US, other US fines, and a fine alternative in Northern Ireland

Kraft Heinz Co and Mondelez International Inc have been fined $16 million in the US by the CFTC for market manipulation. The press release can be found here and the order here. The companies are accused to have built up significant positions in wheat futures, with no intention of taking delivery thus sending a false … Continue reading

Anti abuse cases worldwide

Vitol is in danger of being fined $6M in the US  for alleged manipulation in California’s power market. The regulator FERC has issued this “Order to Show cause”. An article on the topic can be found here on Reuters.  Also in the US, a firm has been fined $350,000 for engaging in wash sales on … Continue reading

Fine for position limit violation in the US

The CFTC has fined Elephas Investment Management Ltd. a Hong Kong based hedge fund, for violating wheat futures speculative position limits on CBOT. The fine was set at $160,000.  The CFTC press release can be found here and the order here. The Order found that on November 29, 2017, “Elephas held a net long position … Continue reading

MiFID II updates, CFTC position limits

While there is not much news relating to MiFID II specifically for those in energy and commodities, the wider financial services world has seen a great deal of discussion and activity since the first anniversary of the rules took place (see here). Any Investment Firm (which includes some energy and commodity market participants) needs to … Continue reading

IOSCO finds satisfactory progress in rules implementation

On Monday, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published this report, providing the results of the latest survey run across different global jurisdictions on the implementation of the ” Principles for the Regulation and Supervision of Commodity Derivatives Markets”, a document published here in September 2011. This third version of the survey published shows … Continue reading

Goldman Sachs pays $110m in the US relating to inside information disclosure

Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay a settlement in the region of $110m, split between the New York Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve Board, for the improper use of inside information relating to client orders in chat rooms. An article on the settlement can be found here on the Bloomberg web site.  … Continue reading

$2m settlement for position limit breach, wash trades and incorrect submission in the US

The CFTC has settled with Glencore Agriculture B.V. and Glencore Ltd $2 million for breaches of position limits in ICE cotton futures contracts, executed trades which are construed as wash trades, and making incorrect submissions. The CFTC press release can be found here and the order here. Glencore are alleged to have broken position limits … Continue reading

IOSCO document on reporting data elements

IOSCO and the Bank of International Settlements have issued this document entitled “Harmonisation of critical OTC derivatives data elements (other than UTI and UPI)”. It looks at the data elements used to report derivatives under rule sets such as EMIR or the Dodd Frank Act, and proposes a standard format for the data elements typically … Continue reading

Ofgem REMIT powers, fines set and more anti abuse developments

There has been more activity this week on the anti abuse side of things, following Monday’s post here on recent fines. Ofgem, the National Regulatory  Authority for the GB energy market, is to be given more powers by the UK government to enforce REMIT in terms of access to documents and the power to take … Continue reading

Anti-abuse fines on both sides of the Atlantic and more

There has been an increased focus on anti abuse activity in the energy and commodities markets over the past year, due to a combination of the start of MAR in July 2016, the start of REMIT data collection and also increased investigations by both financial and energy regulators. This year has already seen a fine … Continue reading