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Appeal against “improper monitoring” fine fails

Last week, the UK’s Upper Tribunal rejected an appeal lodged by Linear Investments against a fine of £409,300 levied against them by the UK’s FCA  last October (see here). The fine was levied under legislation that pre-dates the Market Abuse Regulation(MAR) relating to the requirement on financial firms to appropriately monitor activity for market abuse, … Continue reading

Updated MAR Q+A – News on EAMP requirements

Last week ESMA published this updated version of the Questions and Answers document on the Market Abuse Regulation. It contains some additional information on the rules that apply to “Emissions Allowance Market Participants” (EAMPs). An EAMP has additional requirements under MAR, including the obligation to publish certain types of “inside information” relating to the emissions. … Continue reading

REMIT dawn raid

ACM, the National Regulatory Authority of the Netherlands, has  announced that they have carried out a dawn raid on a company within the country, as part of an investigation into a REMIT breach related to insider trading. The press release is here. This is the latest is a series of abuse related events under REMIT, … Continue reading

ACER paper on layering and spoofing and other market abuse news

Last Friday, ACER issued this report on the application of the REMIT market manipulation prohibition (Article 5) in relation to layering and spoofing. This is the third such “example market abuse” paper issued by ACER, with one on capacity hoarding  issued in 2018 (see here) and one on wash trades in 2017 (see here). The … Continue reading

Another REMIT fine

Yesterday the Bundesnetzagentur, Germany’s National Regulatory Authority, announced that Uniper Global Commodities SE has been fined €150,000 for breaches of REMIT relating to market manipulation. In addition, two traders have been fined €1,500 and €2,000 respectively. The press release in English can be found here and in German here. The announcement is the latest in … Continue reading

3 weeks to go until the open anti abuse forum

There are just under 3 weeks to go until the open anti abuse forum for energy and commodities takes place in London on the 11th March 2019. This discussion forum is open to all professionals in the European energy and commodities markets to provide a public mechanism to discuss issues arising out of the implementation of … Continue reading

FCA sees deficiencies in MAR implementation and a fine

Earlier this week, Julia Hoggett, Director of Market Oversight at the FCA, made a speech at the AFME Implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation in the UK event. It can be found here. The speech makes several points around the implementation of MAR and anti abuse policies in general, including combating conduct risk. Some of the … Continue reading

Second fine in Denmark for capacity hoarding

Yesterday the Danish Utility Regulator announced that Neas Energy A/S has accepted a fine of 150,000 DKK (approximately 20,000 euros) and 3,000 DKK (approximately 400 euros) disgorgement for capacity hoarding on 4 occasions in 2015. The press release from the DUR can be found here. This follows a fine for similar reasons levied in December (see … Continue reading

Anti abuse cases in the US and open anti abuse forum

The end of 2018 and first few days of 2019 have seen some anti abuse developments in the US, following the failed case highlighted in this post. The case of Australian trader Jiongsheng “Jim” Zhao saw further developments this week. In January 2018, Zhao was arrested in Australia following charges of spoofing on the CME … Continue reading

What could 2019 have in store for us?

As the working year of 2019 opens, it is worth taking a few moments to consider what will keep us busy in the regulatory world of energy and commodity trading over the coming months. As usual on this blog, we will focus on Europe, with an eye on the rest of the world. The era … Continue reading