The growing carbon credit and related derivatives markets continue to attract the attention of regulatory agencies and law enforcement. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has just announced that it is looking for whistleblowers on potential fraud or manipulation in the carbon credit markets, which is a major enforcement development in the ESG space. Jones Day partners Josh Sterling and Howard Sidman talk about the CFTC’s ramped-up enforcement focus and what it means for participants in the carbon markets.
As discussions and debates unfold over digital currency regulations, Commodity Future Trading Commission chairman Rostin Benham told a U.S. Senate committee that “speculative fervor” surrounding cryptocurrencies has potentially left investors in need of protections, and made the case for his commission to be charged with overseeing activities in this burgeoning market.
Jones Day’s Josh Sterling and David Aron discuss the gradual move toward federal oversight of cryptocurrencies, the questions clients ask, and what crypto market participants need to know now.
Recent high-profile insider trading cases leave little doubt that these matters remain an enforcement priority for Washington agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and Department of Justice (DOJ). Jones Day partners Joan McKown, Josh Sterling, and Brian Rabbitt talk about enforcement trends, proposed rule changes, and the increased cooperation between federal authorities.
Efforts by government agencies, companies, and investors to limit the effects of climate change continue to influence activity in the financial markets. Interest in carbon markets, where emission credits are purchased and sold─and also where derivatives on those credits are traded─is growing rapidly, and that trend is expected to continue. Some estimates predict the cost of carbon could eventually double, due to the increased focus on climate issues and the tightening of greenhouse gas standards by global regulators.
The increase in trading volume has attracted the attention of regulators and enforcement agencies. Jones Day partner Josh Sterling explains how the carbon markets work, details the risks participants face, and describes what companies using these markets should do now.
The energy markets are highly regulated, and producers, transmitters, and consumers of energy all use the highly regulated derivatives markets to hedge their energy risks. How do the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) respond when there are price disruptions, like with Winter Storm Uri, or evidence of manipulation or other potential wrongdoing in those markets? Listen as our partners and former senior FERC and CFTC regulators David Applebaum and Joshua Sterling share their views on how those agencies bring enforcement actions and how they will seek to address climate change and other issues relevant to the energy markets.
In an effort to uncover and prosecute unlawful actions in the derivatives and futures markets, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) have in recent years engaged in unprecedented levels of cooperation. Jones Day partners Josh Sterling and Brian Rabbitt discuss the DOJ / CFTC commodities fraud task force initiative, the role of data analytics, recent notable cases, and what market participants should know about the importance of full disclosure and transparency during an investigation.