Blake Brockway

Blake Brockway

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approval Chart April 16, 2014

Attached please find the updated Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals Chart, current as of April 16, 2014. All prior versions are superseded and should be discarded. Please note the following developments...more

4/16/2014 - CFTC Economic Development Foreign Exchanges Futures Stocks

OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20

On March 31, the OTC Derivatives Regulators Group (ODRG) issued a report that identifies remaining over the counter (OTC) derivatives cross-border implementation issues...more

4/8/2014 - Cross-Border FTC G20 OTC

NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding FATF Update

On April 2, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to its members informing them that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated its list of jurisdictions with strategic anti-money laundering and...more

4/8/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering FATF NFA Terrorism Funding

CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards

On March 28, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued an interpretive statement regarding the auditor independence standards applicable to futures commission...more

4/8/2014 - Auditors Audits CFTC FCMs Swap Dealers Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

4/7/2014 - Auditors Audits CFTC FATF FINRA G20 NFA ORC SEC Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

Joint Audit Committee Adopts Template Acknowledgment Letters

On March 12, the Joint Audit Committee issued a regulatory alert and revised templates for segregated, secured and cleared swap customer acknowledgment letters...more

3/19/2014 - CFTC FCMs Joint Audit Committee Swaps

CFTC Announces Available-to-Trade Determinations

In December 2013, Bloomberg LLC (BSEF) submitted a self-certified determination that certain interest rate and credit default swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and...more

3/19/2014 - CEA CFTC Credit Default Swaps Swaps

CFTC to Host Roundtable on Commodity Pool Operator Risk Management Practices

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff will host a public roundtable on March 18 to discuss risk management practices by commodity pool operators, including...more

3/19/2014 - CFTC Commodities Commodity Pool Risk Management

CME Group Exchanges Adopt Revised Rules Regarding Transfer Trades and Concurrent Long and Short Positions

On March 10, a self-certified rule change related to transfer trades and concurrent long and short positions submitted by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange and Commodity...more

3/18/2014 - CME Transfers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 11

In this issue: - NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies - SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214 - CME Group Exchanges...more

3/17/2014 - Audits CFTC Clearing Agencies CME FINRA Nasdaq Ponzi Scheme Risk Management SEC Transfers

NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Member Obligations Under NFA Bylaw 1101 and Compliance Rule 2-36(d)

Under Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations, any person claiming an exemption or exclusion from commodity pool operator (CPO) or commodity trading advisor (CTA) registration pursuant to CFTC Regulations 4.5,...more

2/19/2014 - CPO CTA Exemptions NFA

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 Certifies Available-to-Trade Determinations

In October, TW SEF LLC (TW SEF) and MarketAxess SEF Corporation submitted self-certified determinations that certain interest rate and credit default swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity...more

2/5/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Credit Default Swaps Interest Rates Swaps

NFA Members Must Provide Suspicious Activity Reports to NFA Upon Request

On January 27, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to its members indicating that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has authorized it to request suspicious activity reports (SARs), information...more

2/5/2014 - CFTC NFA Suspicious Activity Reports

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 5

In this issue: - FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notifications - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Three C&DIs Relating to “Unbundling Rule” - NFA Members...more

2/4/2014 - Bitcoins Bundling Rules CFTC Derivative Suit FinCEN FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Insider Trading NFA Pre-Merger Filing Requirements SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders The Clayton Act Virtual Currency

CFTC Requests Comment on Staff Advisory Regarding the Applicability of Transaction Level Requirements

On January 3, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requested public comment on the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight’s Advisory regarding the applicability of transaction-level requirements to non-US swap...more

1/15/2014 - CFTC Intermediaries Swap Dealers Swaps

NFA Implements Additional Reporting Requirements for Certain FCMs

On January 6, National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to members implementing new daily, monthly and quarterly reporting requirements for futures commission merchants (FCMs) for which NFA is the designated...more

1/15/2014 - FCMs NFA Reporting Requirements Self-Regulatory Organizations

CFTC Staff Extends No-Action Relief for Transaction-Level Requirements in Certain Cross-Border Situations

In an action parallel with the request for public comment (see “CFTC Requests Comment on Staff Advisory Regarding the Applicability of Transaction Level Requirements,” above), on January 3, the Commodity Futures Trading...more

1/15/2014 - CFTC Compliance Cross-Border DSIO No-Action Relief Swap Dealers

CFTC Seeks Comments on TW SEF Available-to-Trade Certification

On October 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requested public comment on a made-available-to-trade certification submitted by TW SEF, LLC, a temporarily registered swap execution facility (SEF)...more

11/6/2013 - Certifications CFTC Commodities Exchange Act SEFs Swaps

CFTC Announces Mutual Acceptance of Approved Legal Entity Identifiers

On October 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s chief information officer announced that registered entities and swap counterparties subject to CFTC swap data recordkeeping and reporting requirements concerning...more

11/6/2013 - CFTC Legal Entity Identifiers Swaps

CFTC Adopts Enhanced Customer Protection Rules

On October 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted final rules designed to enhance customer protection. The rules expand the information provided to customers regarding the risks of trading generally and the...more

11/5/2013 - CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts FCMs

CFTC Adopts Final Rules for Ownership and Control Reports

On October 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved final rules that implement position and trading activity based reporting requirements for market participants that trade futures and swaps. The final rules...more

11/5/2013 - Business Ownership CFTC Right to Control

CFTC Adopts Rules Regarding the Protection of Collateral and Treatment of Securities in a Portfolio Margining Account in a...

On October 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted final rules regarding (i) the protection of collateral and (ii) the treatment of securities in a portfolio margining account in a commodity broker bankruptcy....more

11/5/2013 - CFTC Collateral Commodity Broker Dodd-Frank Front-Margining Investment Portfolios

CFTC Staff Responds to FAQs Regarding Commodity Options

On September 30, CFTC staff issued responses to several frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to commodity options. Pursuant to Section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act, which defines the term “swap” to include an...more

10/9/2013 - CFTC Commodities Commodities Exchange Act Swaps Trade Options

CFTC Issues Order Relating to the Continuation, Shutdown and Resumption of Operations Following a Lapse in Appropriations

On September 27, the CFTC issued guidance describing its operations in the event of a lapse in appropriations. The order provides that the CFTC will not process rule, rule amendment or contract certification filings (other...more

10/9/2013 - CFTC Government Shutdown

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