Kevin M. Foley

Kevin M. Foley

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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NFA Increases Minimum Security Deposits for Forex Transactions

National Futures Association (NFA)’s Executive Committee has temporarily increased the minimum security deposits required to be collected and maintained by Forex Dealer Members (FDMs) for foreign exchange transactions...more

1/27/2015 - Foreign Exchanges Forex NFA Security Deposits

CFTC Grants Order of Registration to Tokyo Commodity Exchange

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order granting the Tokyo Commodity Exchange––an exchange subject to the regulatory supervision of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of...more

1/27/2015 - CFTC Market Participants Registration Tokyo Commodity Exchange

China Regulator Proposes to Permit Designated Domestic Futures Contracts to be Traded by Foreigners

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is soliciting public comment on proposed rules (Interim Measures) that would open Chinese futures markets to direct trading by non-Chinese persons apparently for both...more

1/26/2015 - CSRC Foreign Nationals Futures People's Bank of China Proposed Regulation

CFTC Staff Extends No-Action Relief to Certain Reporting Counterparties Masking Identifying Information Pursuant to Non-US Law

On January 8, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) granted an extension of previously issued no-action relief for parties required to report identifying...more

1/20/2015 - CFTC Counterparties DSIO No-Action Relief Swap Dealers

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 Allows Swap Dealer’s CCO to Report to the Governing Body

On November 25, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter permitting the chief compliance officer (CCO) of a provisionally registered...more

1/15/2015 - C-Suite Executives CFTC Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Officers Directors DSIO No-Action Relief Reporting Requirements Swap Dealers

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

CME Strikes Revisions to Wash Trade Advisory Notice Regarding Block Trades

On January 6, the CME Group Exchanges (CME Group) issued an amended Advisory Notice on wash trades, which removes language prohibiting block trades between accounts with the same beneficial ownership. As reported in the...more

1/14/2015 - Amended Regulation Block Trades CME Wash Trades

CFTC Staff Extends No-Action Relief for Certain FCMs from Receipt of Depository Acknowledgment Letters

On December 29, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) granted an extension of previous no-action relief for certain futures commission merchants (FCMs) to...more

1/14/2015 - CFTC DSIO FCMs No-Action Relief

ICE Futures U.S. Adopts Disruptive Trading Practices Rule

On December 29, 2014, ICE Futures U.S. (ICE) proposed a new rule to prohibit certain disruptive trading practices. The proposed rule broadly prohibits any manipulative or disruptive trading practice as defined by the...more

1/14/2015 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Disruptive Trading Practices Proposed Regulation

CFTC Staff Grants No-Action Relief to Entities Operating Insurance-Linked Securities Issuers

On December 18, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a letter granting relief from commodity pool operator (CPO) registration to certain entities...more

1/14/2015 - CFTC CPOs DSIO Insurance-based Securities No-Action Relief Registration

CME Issues Revisions to Wash Trade Advisory Notice

On December 17, the CME Group Exchanges (CME Group) issued Market Regulation Advisory Notice RA1411-5 to provide updated guidance on wash trades. The Advisory Notice revises portions of the frequently asked questions section...more

12/29/2014 - CME Guidance Update Wash Trades

CFTC Extends Relief from Certain Recordkeeping Requirements

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and the Division of Market Oversight (Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission expanded and extended the no-action relief previously granted to commodity...more

12/24/2014 - CFTC DSIO No-Action Relief Recordkeeping Requirements SEFs Swaps

CFTC Approves Amended Order of Registration for LCH.Clearnet Ltd.

On December 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved the application of LCH.Clearnet Ltd. for an Amended Order of Registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO). Pursuant to the Amended Order, LCH is...more

12/24/2014 - CFTC Derivatives Clearing Organizations No-Action Relief

NFA Proposes Amended Interpretive Notice Regarding Loans to CPOs by Commodity Pools

On December 12, National Futures Association (NFA) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed amendments to the Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rule 2-45 (Prohibition of Loans by Commodity Pools to...more

12/24/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPOs Loans NFA Proposed Amendments

CFTC Extends Relief to Four Foreign Clearing Organizations

On December 18, the Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission extended the no-action relief previously granted to four foreign clearing organizations: ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited,...more

12/24/2014 - CFTC Clearing Agencies Foreign Entities No-Action Relief

NFA Issues Guidance on Exempt and Excluded CPOs and CTAs

On December 3, National Futures Association (NFA) issued guidance reminding firms that are relying on certain exemptions or exclusions from registration as commodity pool operators (CPOs) or commodity trading advisors (CTAs)...more

12/10/2014 - CPOs CTA Exemptions National Futures Association New Guidance Registration

NFA Proposes Amendment to NFA Compliance Rule 2-4

On December 1, National Futures Association (NFA) filed with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for review and approval a proposed amendment to NFA Compliance Rule 2-4 to include swaps-related activities. Compliance...more

12/10/2014 - CFTC Commodities Futures NFA Swaps

FinCEN Updates List of Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

On November 12, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory announcing that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated its list of jurisdictions that have strategic deficiencies in their...more

12/1/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Counter-Terrorist FATF FinCEN Jurisdiction

CFTC Seeks Input on New Market Risk Advisory Committee

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is seeking comments on potential topics for discussion at future Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) meetings....more

12/1/2014 - CFTC Oversight Committee

CFTC Extends Relief for Non-US Swap Dealers from Transaction-Level Requirements

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Division of Clearing and Risk and the Division of Market Oversight (Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have extended the no-action relief previously...more

11/26/2014 - CFTC No-Action Relief Swap Dealers

CFTC Agricultural Advisory Committee to Meet on December 9

The Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will convene on December 9 to discuss deliverable supplies of agricultural commodities and related implications for position limits and the...more

11/26/2014 - Agriculture CFTC Commodities Farms Food Commodities

CFTC Proposes to Revise Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On August 13, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published for comment an interpretation to clarify the circumstances in which a contract that provides for variations in delivery amount (i.e., embedded volumetric...more

11/26/2014 - CFTC Forward Contracts Public Comment

CFTC Issues 30.7 Customer Funds No-Action Relief and Interpretation

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued no-action relief and interpretive guidance for futures commission merchants (FCMs) with customers that trade...more

11/19/2014 - DSIO FCMs Futures No-Action Relief Stock Options

OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 Leaders

The OTC Derivatives Regulators Group (ODRG) has issued an update to the G20 Leaders on the ODRG’s effort to resolve cross-border issues relating to over-the-counter derivatives reform. ...more

11/18/2014 - Derivatives G20 OTC

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