Blake Brockway

Blake Brockway

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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NFA Increases Minimum Security Deposits for Forex Transactions

The Executive Committee of the National Futures Association (NFA) has temporarily increased the minimum security deposits required to be collected and maintained by forex dealer members (FDMs) for foreign exchange...more

2/5/2015 - Foreign Exchanges Forex National Futures Association Security Deposits

NFA Announces New Filing Process for Swap Dealer and Major Swap Participant CCO Reports

On January 23, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice informing its members that the annual reports required by NFA rules to be submitted by the chief compliance officer (CCO) of a swap dealer (SD) or major...more

2/5/2015 - Annual Reports CFTC Chief Compliance Officers Filing Requirements Major Swap Participants National Futures Association Portal Swap Dealers

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief From Certain Financial Reporting Requirements Applicable to Introducing Brokers

On January 23, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter regarding financial reporting requirements as they apply to foreign introducing...more

2/3/2015 - CFTC DSIO Foreign Entities Introducing Brokers No-Action Letters Reporting Requirements

CME Group Exchanges Revise Position Limit Rules

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange and Commodity Exchange have revised their position limit rules by removing provisions that formerly deemed a market participant to have...more

2/3/2015 - CME CME NYMEX Market Participants Position Limits

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 4

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Resales Under Regulation S - SEC Announces Proxy Voting Roundtable - CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief From Certain...more

2/2/2015 - AIFM Anti-Money Laundering Brokers C&DIs CFTC Clawbacks CME NYMEX EU Directive Forex Insider Trading Major Swap Participants Netherlands No-Action Relief Proxy Voting Guidelines Regulation S Reporting Requirements SEC Swap Dealers UK

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief Extending the Deadline for Certain CCO Annual Reports

On December 22, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter that extends the deadline for submitting the annual report that must be...more

1/15/2015 - Annual Reports CFPB Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Officers DSIO FCMs Major Swap Participants No-Action Relief Swap Dealers Time Extensions

CFTC Staff Issues Guidance Regarding Chief Compliance Officer Annual Reports

On December 22, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued guidance regarding the annual reports that must be filed by the chief compliance officer (CCO)...more

1/14/2015 - Annual Reports CFTC Chief Compliance Officers DSIO FCMs Major Swap Participants Swap Dealers

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 1

In this issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Implement JOBS Act Registration Thresholds - ISS Releases FAQs on Equity Plan Scorecard and Independent Chair Policy - FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and...more

1/12/2015 - CFTC CME Equity Plans FCMs FINRA Independent Boards ISS JOBS Act NASD No-Action Relief REITS SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan

ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs

On August 8, ICE Futures U.S. revised its rule and frequently asked questions related to exchange of futures for related position (EFRP) transactions. The amendments codify the requirements regarding the simultaneous transfer...more

8/19/2014 - EFRP Futures

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

8/18/2014 - AIFMD Banks Derivative Suit ESMA EU FCA Federal Savings Associations Fraud ICE OCC OCIE PSLRA SEC Securities Fraud Virtual Currency

CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE Futures U.S.

On July 22, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission released the Division of Market Oversight’s rule enforcement review of ICE Futures U.S. The rule enforcement review included the following recommendations...more

7/29/2014 - CFTC Enforcement Futures Hedge Funds ICE

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements

On November 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted rules modifying its ownership and control reporting requirements. Specifically, the CFTC adopted (i) a new Form 71 to collect information regarding omnibus...more

7/29/2014 - CFTC Compliance No-Action Relief Reporting Requirements

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 29

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements - CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE...more

7/28/2014 - CFTC FINRA Futures Insider Trading No-Action Relief Proxy Voting Guidelines Reporting Requirements Rule 10b-5 SEC

NFA Proposes Interpretive Notice Prohibiting the Use of Credit Cards to Fund Retail Forex or Futures Trading Accounts

National Futures Association (NFA) has proposed an Interpretive Notice that would prohibit NFA members from allowing customers to fund their retail forex or futures trading accounts with credit cards. NFA believes that the...more

7/2/2014 - Credit Cards Futures National Futures Association Trading Account

CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements

On June 25, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) extended to October 31 the relief previously granted in CFTC No-Action Letters Nos. 14-02 and 14-45....more

7/2/2014 - CFTC Commingling DSIO FCMs No-Action Letters Swap Dealers Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 26

In this issue: - Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed - SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling...more

6/30/2014 - CFTC FCMs Fee-Shifting Statutes FINRA Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund NFA No-Action Letters SCOTUS SEC Securities Securities Fraud Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swap Dealers Swaps

NFA Issues Notice Regarding Changes to Form PQR and Form PR

On June 5, National Futures Association issued a notice to its members informing them that NFA has made several minor changes to the commodity pool operator Form PQR and commodity trading advisor Form PR...more

6/11/2014 - Commodities Commodity Broker Commodity Pool CPO Form PQR Form PR NFA

CFTC and Reserve Bank of Australia Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cross-Border Clearing Organizations

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Reserve Bank of Australia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the cooperation and the exchange of information in the supervision and oversight of clearing...more

6/10/2014 - Australia CFTC Clearing Agencies Cross-Border Cross-Border Transactions Memorandum of Understanding

New CFTC Commissioners Confirmed; Chairman Sworn In

On June 3, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Timothy Massad, Christopher Giancarlo and Sharon Bowen as Commissioners of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Massad, who previously served as the Assistant...more

6/10/2014 - CFTC

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transaction-Level Requirements for Non-US Swap Dealers

On June 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter extending the relief provided by CFTC Letter No. 14-01...more

6/10/2014 - CFTC Compliance DSIO No-Action Relief Swap Dealers Swap Market Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 23

In this issue: - SEC Chair Gives Speech on Equity Market Structure - New CFTC Commissioners Confirmed; Chairman Sworn In - CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transaction-Level Requirements...more

6/9/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPO Cross-Border Derivatives Clearing Organizations Equity Markets Fraud NFA No-Action Relief SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Staff Announces Streamlined No-Action Relief Process for Certain CPOs

On May 12, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight announced a streamlined process that will allow a commodity pool operator (CPO) that has delegated investment management...more

5/21/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPO Financial Regulatory Reform No-Action Relief

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 20

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Fee-Shifting Bylaw - FINRA Proposes Changes to FINRA Rules 7410 and 2121 - CFTC Staff Announces Streamlined No-Action Relief Process for Certain...more

5/19/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPO Criminal Prosecution Fee-Shifting Statutes FINRA Fraud White Collar Crimes

CME Launches Exchange Action Database

On April 23, CME Group Inc. issued a special executive report informing market participants that it has launched a searchable database of disciplinary actions, summary access denial actions and emergency actions taken by the...more

4/30/2014 - CME Market Participants

CFTC Issues No-action Letter Regarding the Resubmission of Rejected Trades

On April 18, the Division of Clearing and Risk and Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a no-action letter indicating that it will not recommend an enforcement action against a...more

4/30/2014 - CFTC Derivatives Clearing Organizations Designated Contract Market Market Participants No-Action Letters

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