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CFTC Seeks Comments on ICE Clear Europe Petition

On April 7, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requested public comment on a petition submitted by ICE Clear Europe Limited (ICE Clear Europe) to amend an earlier CFTC order permitting ICE Clear Europe and futures...more

4/16/2014 - CFTC EU ICE

CFTC Reissues and Clarifies Relief Regarding Swaps Trading on MTFs

On April 9, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight jointly issued CFTC No-Action Letter No. 14-46, which modifies the conditions...more

4/16/2014 - CFTC No-Action Letters Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements

On April 7, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued CFTC No-Action Letter No. 14-45, extending to June 30 the relief previously granted in CFTC No-Action...more

4/15/2014 - CFTC Commingling DSIO No-Action Letters No-Action Relief Swaps

CFTC Requests Comment on Swap Data Reporting Rules

On March 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved for publication in the Federal Register a request for public comment on swap data reporting requirements under Part 45 of the CFTC’s regulations. The request was...more

3/26/2014 - CFTC Swap Data Repositories Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 12

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with Controlling Stockholder - Amendments to Uniform Branch Office...more

3/24/2014 - CFTC Controlling Stockholders Corporate Counsel Discrimination Employer Liability Issues FINRA MFW Racial Discrimination Registration SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards

On February 26, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued Advisory 14-21 to provide futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors, commodity...more

3/4/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool Compliance CPO DSIO Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 9

In this issue: - CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards - SEC Issues Guidance on Aggregate Advisory Fee Rates for Multi-Manager Funds - Supreme Court Rules that...more

3/3/2014 - CFTC Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel Cross-Border DSIO Fees Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Insider Trading Preemption SCOTUS SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief Regarding 30.7 Accounts

On January 10, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued time-limited relief to a registered futures commission merchant (FCM) with respect to certain of...more

2/20/2014 - Banks CFTC DSIO FCMs Foreign Banks No-Action Relief

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 7

In this issue: - CFTC Exempts MTFs from US Registration Requirements - CFTC Guidance Relating to Trading on SEFs and DCMs - NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Member Obligations Under NFA Bylaw 1101...more

2/17/2014 - CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts Derivative Suit Insider Trading MTFs NFA SEC SEFs

CFTC Issues Guidance on New Filing Requirements

On February 5, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued guidance to futures commission merchants (FCMs) and depositories regarding procedures for...more

2/11/2014 - CFTC DSIO FCMs Filing Requirements

SEC Extends Exemptions for Security-based Swaps

On February 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an extension of interim final rules that provide exemptions for security-based swaps from securities laws under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange...more

2/11/2014 - Exemptions SEC Securities Act of 1933 Securities Exchange Act Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 6

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Guidance on Rule 506(c) Private Placements - SEC Issues No-action Relief Regarding Registration of M&A Brokers - CFTC Issues Guidance on New...more

2/11/2014 - Alternative Investment Funds Bank Fraud Banks Brokers CFTC Due Diligence Exemptions Filing Requirements Fraud Investment Adviser Investment Funds No-Action Relief Private Placements Registration Rule 506 Offerings SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Extends Relief from Oral Communication Recording Requirement

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and the Division of Market Oversight issued No-Action Letter No. 13-77, which extends the oral communications recording compliance...more

1/8/2014 - Audio Recording CFTC CTA No-Action Letters Oral Communications SEFs

CFTC Issues Advisory Concerning Commodity Trading Advisors and Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued Advisory No. 13-79 to provide guidance to commodity trading advisors (CTAs) on new obligations relating to swaps...more

1/8/2014 - CFTC CTA DSIO Swaps

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief Regarding Annual Reports by Chief Compliance Officers

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two no-action letters providing relief from certain chief compliance officer (CCO) annual report filing...more

1/8/2014 - CFTC Chief Compliance Officers DSIO Reporting Requirements Securities Swap Dealers

FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter for 2014

On January 2, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued its annual letter to FINRA member firms outlining FINRA’s regulatory and examination priorities for 2014. The letter is meant to highlight areas of significance...more

1/7/2014 - Compliance Enforcement FINRA

FINRA Issues New Rules on Securities Borrowing, Customer Protection and Callable Securities

On December 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved rules proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority regarding securities loans and borrowings, permissible use of customers’ securities, and callable...more

12/10/2013 - Compliance Disclosure Requirements Fair Lending FINRA

Futures Industry Releases Insurance Study

On November 15, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Futures Industry Association, Institute for Financial Markets, and National Futures Association released a study on the economic feasibility of adopting an insurance...more

11/26/2013 - FCMs FICPC Futures

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Issues Advisory Notice on Wash Trades

On November 19, the CME Group Exchanges issued Market Regulation Advisory Notice RA0913-5R regarding the prohibition on wash trades. The Advisory Notice defines a “wash trade” as “a form of fictitious trade in which a...more

11/26/2013 - Stock Trades Wash Trades

CFTC Announces Weekly Swaps Report

On November 20, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced the initiation of the CFTC Weekly Swaps Report. Modeled on the CFTC Commitments of Traders report, the Weekly Swaps Report will be published each Wednesday at...more

11/26/2013 - Asset Class CFTC Swaps

CFTC Issues Guidance for Swap Execution Facilities

On November 15, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued guidance (Guidance) to swap execution facilities (SEFs) and SEF applicants concerning several CFTC regulations relating to...more

11/25/2013 - CFTC Compliance Swap Execution Facilities Swaps

CFTC Issues Final Rules for Systemically Important Derivatives Clearing Organizations

On November 15, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission finalized rules establishing additional standards for systemically important derivatives clearing organizations (SIDCOs). Designed to be consistent with the Principles...more

11/25/2013 - CFTC Derivatives Derivatives Clearing Organizations

CFTC Provides Relief for Intended-to-Be-Cleared Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight has issued No-Action Letter 13-70 providing relief to swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) from (1) trading...more

11/25/2013 - CFTC Major Swap Participants No-Action Letters Swaps

CFTC Issues Guidance Regarding Swap Execution Facilities

On November 14, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Divisions of Clearing and Risk, Market Oversight and Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the Divisions) issued guidance to swap execution facilities (SEFs) and...more

11/19/2013 - CFTC Eligible Contract Participant SEFs Swaps

CFTC Issues Cross-Border Transactions Advisory

On November 14, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued Advisory No. 13-69 to answer inquiries on whether a registered non-US swap dealer (SD) must...more

11/19/2013 - CFTC Cross-Border Foreign Branches of U.S. Banks Swap Dealers Swaps

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