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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

More Brexit updates: FCA announcements

The news around Brexit now comes out on an hourly basis (for example see here on Sky News). A “no deal” Brexit remains very possible. As a result, following last week’s announcements (see here), the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made several of their own, in particular around EMIR and MiFID II: EMIR The … Continue reading

One week to go until the open anti abuse forum

There are a small number of places left at the anti abuse forum, which will be held next Monday 11th March in London. 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 MAR and REMIT. No membership … Continue reading

GB Capacity market developments

Following the suspension of Great Britain’s Capacity Market following a ruling by the European Court of Justice (see here) and some interim actions by the UK’s Business, Energy and Industry Strategy  department (BEIS) (see here), the European Commission has lodged an appeal. The appeal is reported here on The Energyst’s web site and also here … Continue reading

eWorld – Essen 5th and 6th February

The “e-world” exhibition takes place next week in Essen, Germany (see here). This sees a gathering of a large cross section of Europe’s energy industry. Anyone wishing to meet on the 5th or 6th February for a general discussion on the regulation of the wholesale energy market is welcome to email info@etr-advisory.com

MiFID II position limits opinions – and anniversary comments

ESMA has published “opinion” documents on six position limits set under MiFID II. The limits themselves have already been announced by the relevant National Competent Authority. 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 spot … Continue reading

Blockchain update – regulator comments and more initiatives

There have been several developments in the area of blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) use, including regulatory aspects, since our last post on the topic here.  For example this article on the Global Custodian  web site reports that DTCC have managed to handle increased volumes using blockchain, initially for settlement. At the same time, … Continue reading

5 months to Brexit – EMIR announcements, the US joins the fight, UK ETS replacement

In 5 months’ time, the UK will no longer be part of the European Union. With no deal agreed at this stage, many are now preparing for a “hard Brexit” scenario. There have been a few developments since our last post on the topic here. EMIR The UK Government has now published a draft Statutory … Continue reading

Vitol receives €5m REMIT fine

Vitol SA has received a fine of €5m levied by the Commission de régulation de l’énergie (CRE), the French National Regulatory Authority for a breach of REMIT. The fine is levied for “sending misleading price signals” by placing “phantom orders” in the PEG Sud  market on multiple occasions. The press release in English can be found here and … Continue reading

New MiFID II position limits opinions issued by ESMA and other related updates

ESMA has issued “opinion” documents on three MiFID II position limits, which relate to limits already published by National Competent Authorities. They are: ICE Natural Gas Futures – here EEX Swiss Power Baseload Contracts – here EEX Phelix DE/AT Baseload Power Contracts – here The spreadsheet published by ESMA showing all opinions so far together … Continue reading