Outlook: Spring 2023

Energy & Commodities
Trends, challenges and regulatory changes
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Geopolitical pressures among nations are shaping energy flows and investment more directly than they have done for some time, cementing new trading patterns and redefining energy security concerns. As a result, energy transitions could slow as individual nations face impediments to lower-emission sources of energy.

Under the Biden administration, U.S. regulators are scrutinizing oil pricing and dealer reporting. Federal securities regulators are investigating energy companies for greenwashing and deceptive advertising while the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is prioritizing consumer challenges and environmental equity. Meanwhile, laws around carbon capture, utilization and sequestration continue to develop.

Although the energy transition and environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals are certainly praiseworthy efforts, they are not without potential new legal challenges and risks. Those developments could be magnified against the backdrop of increases in trials and in the size of jury verdicts. Energy companies must carefully and pragmatically consider their strategies when dealing with these new and evolving trends. 

This report shares these and other insights, which were revealed at Reed Smith's flagship Energy & Commodities Conference, giving you a picture of the evolving situation for participants in the energy and commodities industries. We invite you to contact our authors to discuss the issues examined here and what they mean for your organization.

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