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The Trump Administration: Potential Levers of Regulatory Change Affecting the Commodities Markets

Much has happened since the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States and the return of both houses of Congress to Republican control. The Trump transition team has repeatedly declared its...more

CFTC Finalizes Aggregation of Positions Rule

On December 5, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule amending the requirements to aggregate positions subject to a CFTC-set speculative position limit (“Final Aggregation...more

The Trump Administration: Change By Appointment

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in...more

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal for Proposed Regulation AT

On November 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) approved, by a 2 – 1 vote, a supplemental proposal (“Reg AT Supplemental Proposal”) that amends a 2015 proposed rule related to...more

Not Your Grandmother’s Form 40

A common tool that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) relies upon to conduct market surveillance, including monitoring compliance with position limits, will soon enter the digital age – the...more

The Federal Reserve’s Proposed Rollback of Physical Commodities Authority for Financial Holding Companies

On September 23, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “FRB”) issued a proposed regulation concerning the ability of a financial holding company (“FHC”) to engage in physical commodities activities...more

CFTC Staff Issues Final Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Report

On August 15, 2016, Staff of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final report regarding the de minimis exception from swap dealer registration (“Staff De Minimis Report”).  The Staff De Minimis...more

CFTC Proposes Amendment to RTO-ISO Order

On May 10, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed an amendment (“Proposed Amendment”) to an order it issued on March 28, 2013 (“RTO-ISO Order”), exempting certain electric energy transactions from a...more

CFTC Adopts Final Trade Option Rule

On March 16, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved amendments to the rules applicable to certain physically-settled options referred to as “trade options.” This final rule substantially...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Swaps Executed as Part of Certain Package Transactions

On October 14, 2015, the Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an additional extension of no-action relief for swaps executed as part of “package” transactions....more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Regulation of Automated Trading

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) held an open meeting to propose the regulation of automated trading (“Regulation AT”). According to the CFTC, the purpose of Regulation...more

Supreme Court Rejects EPA Mercury Emissions Rule

On June 29, 2015, the Supreme Court cast serious doubt upon the future of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“MATS”) by finding that the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) failed to adequately consider the costs of...more

A Signal of Things to Come? New CME Rule 512 Reflects Modified Stance for Violations of Futures and Options Reporting Requirements

On March 24, 2015, the CME Group, Inc. (“CME”) announced a proposed amendment to Rule 512 indicating that it will impose a minimum fine of $1,000 for repeat violations of its exchanges’ reporting rules for futures and...more

EPA Proposes First Carbon Emissions Limits for Power Plants

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Power Plan, which would impose the first federal limits on carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants in the United States....more

Significant Upwind Impact: The Supreme Court Upholds Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (“CSAPR”). EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, L.P., No. 12-1182. In a 6-2 decision,...more

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