Kevin M. Foley

Kevin M. Foley

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

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CFTC Seeks Comment on ICE Clear Europe Portfolio Margining Proposal

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has requested public comment on a petition submitted by ICE Clear Europe Limited to amend an order issued by the CFTC on May 30...more

7/23/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Public Comment

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

JAC Issues Guidance on FCM Financial Information Disclosure Requirements

The Joint Audit Committee (JAC) has issued a regulatory alert reminding futures commission merchants (FCMs) of their obligation to make certain financial information available on their websites effective July 12 in accordance...more

6/25/2014 - Audits Disclosure Requirements FCMs

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 25

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes Fiduciary Duties to Minority Stockholders - Delaware Court of Chancery...more

6/23/2014 - Compliance Controlling Stockholders Cross-Border Debt Debtors Disclosure Requirements FCMs Fiduciary Duty FINRA Fraud Investment Adviser Minority Shareholders Real Estate Market SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders 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 Proposes to Amend De Minimis Threshold for Swaps with Utility Providers

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend the “special entity” de minimis exception from swap dealer designation to exclude certain swaps with public utility providers. The proposed regulations are...more

6/4/2014 - CFTC Commodities De Minimus Quantity Exemption No-Action Letters No-Action Relief Proposed Regulation Swap Dealers Swaps Utilities Sector Utility Special Entities

CFTC Grants Recordkeeping Relief for Certain SEF and DCM Members

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and the Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have issued relief from certain recordkeeping obligations for persons that are not...more

6/4/2014 - CFTC Designated Contract Market No-Action Letters Recordkeeping Requirements SEFs Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Seeks Additional Comments on Position Limits for Physical Commodity Derivatives

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is seeking additional comments on its proposed regulations relating to position limits for physical commodity derivatives. The CFTC will accept comments on its proposals regarding...more

6/4/2014 - CFTC Commodities Derivatives Physicians Position Limits

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 22

In this issue: - Delaware Legislation Banning Fee-Shifting in Bylaws and Charters - CFTC Proposes to Amend De Minimis Threshold for Swaps with Utility Providers - CFTC Grants Recordkeeping Relief for...more

6/2/2014 - Arbitration Broker-Dealer Bylaws CFTC Commodities De Minimis Claims Derivatives FCPA Fee-Shifting Statutes Foreign Official Fraud Instrumentality Mandatory Arbitration Clauses SEFs Swaps Utilities Sector

CME Launches Website Links for Complaints and Self-Reports

CME Group’s website has added hyperlinks that allow persons to file complaints or self-report potential rule violations. ...more

5/29/2014 - CME Complaint Procedures E-Filing Self-Reporting Websites

NFA Adopts Fee for Registration Non-Disclosures

National Futures Association (NFA) has adopted a rule requiring firms and individuals to pay $1,000 fines for failing to disclose disciplinary matters on registration applications or failing to update existing registration...more

5/28/2014 - Disciplinary Proceedings Disclosure Requirements National Futures Association New Regulations Registration

CFTC Hands Out First Whistleblower Award

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced the first award under its whistleblower program. The CFTC will pay an anonymous recipient approximately $240,000 for providing information about violations of the...more

5/28/2014 - CEA CFTC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

JAC Issues Guidance on Margin Funds

The Joint Audit Committee (JAC) has issued a regulatory alert regarding the receipt and disbursement of margin funds. As noted in the regulatory alert, a futures commission merchant (FCM) is generally prohibited from applying...more

5/28/2014 - FCMs Joint Audit Committee Margin Calls Securities

CME Delays Prohibition on Transitory EFRPs

As reported in the Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest edition of April 18, 2014, CME Group has issued an advisory notice prohibiting transitory exchange for related positions on each of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the...more

5/28/2014 - CME Commodity Pool

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 21

In this issue: - CME Delays Prohibition on Transitory EFRPs - JAC Issues Guidance on Margin Funds - CFTC Hands Out First Whistleblower Award - NFA Adopts Fee for Registration...more

5/27/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC CME Compliance Disclosure Requirements Energy Enforcement Actions Fees Financial Regulatory Reform Margin Requirements NFA Non-Disclosure Agreement Oil & Gas SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

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

CFTC Provides Relief Regarding Package Transactions

On May 1, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Divisions of Market Oversight and Clearing and Risk (Divisions) issued No-Action Letter No. 14-62 extending relief previously granted to market participants, swap execution...more

5/6/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Designated Contract Market SEFs Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 18

In this issue: - SEC Issues Statement on the Effect of the Recent US Court of Appeals Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule - CFTC Extends Relief From Oral Communication Recording Requirement - CFTC...more

5/5/2014 - CFTC Conflict Mineral Rules Corporate Sales Transactions Designated Contract Market No-Action Letters Reporting Requirements SEC SEFs

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