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Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports

Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval process for the export of...more

Update: FERC Five-Year Review of Oil Pipeline Rate Indexation

On June 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) that proposed an adjustment to the annual indexation formula for oil pipeline rates. The NOI sought comments on a proposed...more

Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures...more

Federal Agencies Issue Final Volcker Rule

On December 10, 2013, five federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the...more

12/16/2013  /  Banks , CFTC , Compliance , Dodd-Frank , FDIC , OCC , SEC , Volcker Rule

Bankruptcy Safe Harbors Under Attack

The “safe harbor” provisions of the Bankruptcy Code protect firms that trade derivatives, and other participants in financial and commodity markets, from the rigidity that bankruptcy law imposes on most parties. Since their...more

An End-User's Guide to the CFTC's Final Cross-Border Guidance

Last month, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued final interpretive guidance with respect to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s (Dodd-Frank...more

Legal Alert: Nearly at the Buzzer, CFTC Affords End-Users Relief from Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements

On the brink of the compliance date for arguably one of the most burdensome requirements that end-users face under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Legal Alert: ISDA Accepting Comments on Draft Dodd-Frank "Protocol 2.0"

Pursuant to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Customer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has adopted a number of final regulations that require swap dealers (SDs)...more

Legal Alert: Court Rejects Safe Harbor Defenses for Futures Customers

On January 4, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an opinion that strikes a significant blow against the rights of futures customers that might otherwise enjoy the Bankruptcy Code’s safe...more

Legal Alert: The CPO and CTA Regulatory Regimes: What Operators of and Advisers to Commodity Pools Should Expect in 2013

There were a number of significant changes to the regulatory regime for commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) in 2012. As a result of these changes, various types of collective investment...more

CFTC Announces Beginning of Real-Time Reporting and Swap Dealer Registration Requirements and Releases List of Provisionally...

Today, Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that final rules pertaining to: (1) real-time reporting of swap transaction data; and (2) swap dealer registration requirements,...more

1/3/2013  /  CFTC , Registration , Swap Dealers , Swaps

CFTC Extends Compliance Dates for Dodd-Frank Requirements Necessitating Amendments to Existing Trade Documentation

On December 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), by private vote, adopted interim final rules (Interim Final Rules) to amend the compliance dates for previously issued final rules that establish external...more

Court Dismisses Chamber of Commerce and ICI Lawsuit Over Amendments to CFTC Rule 4.5

On Wednesday, December 12, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a joint U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and Investment Company Institute (ICI) lawsuit against the Commodity Futures...more

CFTC Issues Relief from CPO Registration to Funds of Funds, BDCs and Family Offices; NFA Issues Guidance on the Annual Affirmation...

On November 29 and December 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a series of no-action letters that afford relief from registration as a...more

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