Energy seminar series 2013

06 February 2013

Starting with the first on Wednesday 6 February, we will host eight seminars throughout the year, dealing with the commercial and legal aspects affecting each seminar subject.

Industry experts will join us in presenting you with up to date views on the progress being made and the challenges ahead. Our aim is to help you identify and manage the risks facing your business in the coming months and years. 

Seminar 1: Market manipulation

In only five months' time, national energy regulators in the EU will be given powers to enforce new rules on energy market abuses, including insider trading and market manipulation.

Recent press reports alleged widespread manipulation of GB wholesale gas prices. Meanwhile, in the US, Barclays, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank face allegations of manipulating electricity markets, with Barclays facing a potential $470 million fine. What are the current and proposed enforcement options in this area, and how will regulators assess suspected abuses? Will we see cases like Barclays in the EU?

If you're interested in attending this event or for further information, please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.


Peter Willis is a partner in Bird & Bird's international EU & Competition team, with particular expertise in advising on complex competition and regulatory issues in the energy sector.

Shaun Ledgerwood is a Senior Consultant at the Brattle Group, and as a former economist in the enforcement team at the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, he brings valuable insight into the way in which the FERC has conducted enforcement activities in this area. 

The programme

16.30 - 17.00
Registration and refreshments

17.00 - 18.30
Seminar and Q&A

18.30 - 20.30
Networking drinks and canapés


Save the date for the next three seminars in this series

Seminar 2: Wednesday 6 March 2013, 16.30 - 20.30 - Technology and the Energy sector: driving change  

Seminar 3: Wednesday 24 April 2013, 16.30 - 20.30 - Energy services market and demand side management: getting deals done  

Seminar 4: Wednesday 5 June 2013, 16.30 - 20.30 - The path to a resource efficient low carbon economy

Dates and titles for the final four seminars will be announced in due course.