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CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Accounting for Customer Margin Payments Using Automated Clearing House Payment Processing

On October 23, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued an interpretation regarding the appropriate treatment of customer margin payments made to a futures...more

10/28/2014 - ACH Payments CFTC DSIO

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 42

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Controlling Stockholder Claims and Applies Business Judgment Rule to Merger Suits - FINRA Remarks at the National Society of Compliance Professionals...more

10/27/2014 - AIFM Business Judgment Rule CFTC Enforcement Actions ETFs FINRA High Frequency Trading IOSCO Private Funds SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

FINRA Proposes to Revise Implementation Date for Supplemental Inventory Schedule

On October 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. proposed a rule change to revise the implementation date for the Supplemental Inventory Schedule (SIS) approved in SR-FINRA-2014-025. The due date for the first...more

10/22/2014 - Compliance Disclosure FINRA

ISE Proposes to Amend Rules Regarding Information Barriers Between Customer and Proprietary Businesses

On September 30, the International Securities Exchange, LLC (ISE) proposed amendments to ISE Rules 810 (Limitations on Dealings) and 717 (Limitations on Orders) concerning information barriers between a member firm’s...more

10/22/2014 - ISE Market Making Proposed Amendments

CFTC Provides Additional Relief to Certain Delegating CPOs

In response to industry comment, on October 15 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) provided further relief from commodity pool operator (CPO) registration to a...more

10/22/2014 - CFTC Commodities Commodity Pool CPOs DSIO

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 41

In this issue: - ISS Releases 2015 Draft Voting Policy Changes for Comment - SEC Investor Advisory Committee Releases Recommendations on Changes to Accredited Investor Definition - FINRA Proposes to...more

10/20/2014 - Accredited Investors CFTC Disclosure Requirements EU European Commission FINRA ISS Prudential Regulation Authority Rulemaking Process SEC

CFTC Issues Relief from Certain Part 45 Requirements to Singapore Exchange Derivatives Clearing Limited

On October 8, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Divisions of Market Oversight and Clearing and Risk (Divisions) issued No-Action Letter No. 14-122 providing relief to Singapore Exchange Derivatives Clearing Limited...more

10/15/2014 - CFTC No-Action Letters Reporting Requirements Singapore Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 40

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Rule 147 and Website/Social Media Use - Director of SEC Division of Corporation Finance Gives Speech on Securities...more

10/13/2014 - Bitcoin CFTC Derivatives Derivatives Clearing Organizations Disclosure Disclosure Requirements FINRA Internet OTC SEC Securities Act of 1933 Social Media TRACE Virtual Currency Waivers Websites

CFTC and NFA Require SD and MSP Risk Exposure Reports to Be Submitted Through WinJammer

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) and National Futures Association (NFA) announced that, effective September 30, swap dealers (SDs) and major swap...more

10/8/2014 - CFTC DSIO Major Swap Participants NFA Reporting Requirements Risk Assessment Swap Dealers

CFTC Extends Relief to DCOs and Their Clearing Members from Requirements for CDS Clearing-Related Swaps

On September 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued No-Action Letter No. 14-119 extending no-action relief previously granted to derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs),...more

10/8/2014 - CFTC Counterparty Risk Credit Default Swaps Derivatives Derivatives Clearing Organizations No-Action Letters No-Action Relief

CFTC Extends Relief for SEFs and DCMs from Straight-Through Processing Requirements for Package Transactions

On September 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Divisions of Market Oversight and Clearing and Risk (Divisions) issued No-Action Letter No. 14-121 extending no-action relief previously granted to swap execution...more

10/7/2014 - CFTC DCMs No-Action Letters SEFs

NFA Issues Notice Regarding CPO and CTA Reports and Filing Requirements

On October 1, National Futures Association issued Notice to Members I-14-26 informing commodity pool operators (CPOs) of changes to Form PQR and to remind member CPOs and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) to file required...more

10/7/2014 - CPOs CTA National Futures Association Reporting Requirements

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 39

In this issse: - ISS Publishes Results of Annual Global Voting Policy Survey - FINRA Requests Comment on a Rule Proposal to Implement the Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System - NFA Issues Notice...more

10/6/2014 - AIFMD CPOs CTA DCMs Derivatives Enforcement Enforcement Actions ESMA EU FINRA Fraud ISS MiFID NFA Risk Assessment Risk Management SEC Securities Fraud SEFs

FINRA Board Approves Several Rulemaking Items Including Proposed Rule Changes Regarding Algorithmic Trading and Enhanced...

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. announced on September 19 that the FINRA Board of Governors (Board) approved several new rule initiatives. Among the initiatives, FINRA will seek comment from members on a...more

9/30/2014 - Algorithmic Trading Equity Securities FINRA OTC Proposed Regulation Rulemaking Process Transparency

CFTC Provides Time-Limited Relief to SEFs for Block Trades

On September 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) provided time-limited no-action relief to swap execution facilities (SEFs) from the requirement in CFTC Regulation 43.2 that block...more

9/30/2014 - Block Trades CFTC DMO No-Action Relief SEFs Swap Execution Facilities

London Metal Exchange Provides Revised Guidance on Structure, Terminology and Order Execution

On September 22, the London Metal Exchange (LME) provided revised guidance on the structure of LME, market terminology and order execution. As with previous versions, the revised guidance explains that LME recognizes two...more

9/30/2014 - Guidance Update London Metal Exchange

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 38

In this issue: - SEC Releases Strategic Plan for 2014–2018 - House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act” - FINRA Board Approves Several Rulemaking Items...more

9/29/2014 - BEPS Block Trades CFTC Credit Default Swaps ESMA FCPA FINRA Foreign Official Job Creation New Legislation OECD OTC Ponzi Scheme Rulemaking Process SEC SEFs Small Business Strategic Enforcement Plan

CFTC Proposes Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

On September 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued proposed rules that would impose margin requirements on certain market participants with respect to their transactions in uncleared swaps. ...more

9/24/2014 - CFTC Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements Proposed Regulation Prudential Regulation Authority Swap Dealers Swaps

Judge Rules in Favor of CFTC on Cross-Border Application of Dodd-Frank Rules

On September 16, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied a challenge to the extraterritorial application of certain Commodity Futures Trading Commission rules promulgated under...more

9/23/2014 - CFTC Cross-Border Dodd-Frank Swap Dealers Swaps Title VII

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 37

In this issue: - Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure - FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 - IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of...more

9/22/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Corporate Governance Dodd-Frank EU FINRA Insider Trading Institutional Investment IRS Limited Liability Companies Margin Requirements Swaps

OTC Derivatives Regulators Issue Report Regarding Cross-Border Issues

On September 10, the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Regulators Group (ODRG) issued a report providing an update to the Group of 20 (G20) on its progress in resolving over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives cross-border...more

9/17/2014 - Cross-Border Derivatives Financial Regulatory Reform G20 OTC Over-the-Counter Sales

CFTC Aligns CPO Regulation With JOBS Act, Provides Other Guidance for CPOs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) recently issued several letters affecting commodity pool operators (CPOs): JOBS Act Harmonization: On September 9,...more

9/16/2014 - CFTC CPO Disclosure Requirements DSIO General Solicitation JOBS Act Private Offerings Regulation D Reporting Requirements Rule 506(c) SEC

SEC Proposes Rule for Communications Involving Security-Based Swaps

On September 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule providing that publication or distribution of quotes involving security-based swaps that may be purchased only by eligible contract participants would not...more

9/16/2014 - Compliance SEC Securities Act of 1933 Security-Based Swaps Swaps

CME Group Adopts New Disruptive Trading Practices Rule

On August 28, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange and Commodity Exchange, Inc. (Exchanges) notified the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that they have adopted a new Rule...more

9/9/2014 - CFTC CME Disruptive Trading Practices Securities Spoofing

US Banking Regulators Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 3, the Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency and Farm Credit Administration (collectively, Agencies) proposed...more

9/9/2014 - Farm Credit Administration FDIC fed FHFA Margin Requirements Market Participants Proposed Regulation Security-Based Swaps Swaps

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