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Energy trading

Decades of work advising commodities traders and a deep understanding of the regulations governing the physical and financial trading markets underpin Eversheds Sutherland’s energy trading practices. Our team advises many of the world’s largest commodity traders on regulatory, commercial, transactional, tax, maritime and enforcement matters related to trading physical commodities, commodity futures, swaps and other derivatives.

Experienced energy trading lawyers

Our legal work encompasses every aspect of the energy trading and marketing business, including crude oil, refined products, renewable fuels (biofuels), natural gas and liquefied natural gas, wholesale and retail power, environmental credits, derivatives and financial products, emissions and renewable energy. We cover international, federal and regional regulatory areas, compliance, government enforcement, environmental matters, litigation and dispute resolution, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, trade sanctions and transactional tax. We also we have a high-profile presence providing regular advice to energy traders on drafting sale contracts, storage/warehousing agreements and litigation matters.

Our energy trading practices are experienced in advising on enforcement, investigations, rulemakings and other matters before significant regulatory and investigatory bodies, including:

  • the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (Spain)
  • the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (US)
  • the Department of Justice (US)
  • the Environmental Protection Agency (US)
  • the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (US)
  • the Federal Trade Commission (US)
  • the Financial Services Authority (UK)
  • the Securities and Exchange Commission (US)
  • the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  • the Serious Fraud Office (UK)
  • the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Switzerland)

In addition to regulatory matters, we offer a full range of services to help you successfully manage your commodities derivatives activities, including negotiating derivatives documentation, advising on tax and disclosure implications, and analyzing and applying valuation methodologies for terminated derivatives transactions. Along with providing advice on standard bilateral trading documentation, our lawyers negotiate futures customer account agreements, cleared swap documentation, prime brokerage and futures commission merchant (FCM) agreements, master netting agreements and margin lending facilities. We have experience in highly negotiated transactions, including credit sleeves, wind revenue hedges and environmental credit trades.

Contact our energy trading team

If you would like any further information or need advice on energy trading law, please contact our legal team.

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