Michael Sorrell, Jr

Michael Sorrell, Jr

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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CFTC and SEC Propose Interpretation Concerning Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On November 13, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved for publication in the Federal Register a proposed interpretation clarifying the CFTC’s...more

12/16/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Forward Contracts SEC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

SEC Staff Finds that Broker-Dealers Still Are Not Conducting Adequate Section 5 Reviews

The staff of the SEC recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when engaging in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a Risk Alert that reported the results of examinations of a number of...more

10/22/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Broker-Dealer Compliance SEC Securities Act of 1933 Unregistered Securities

Takeaways From Broker-Dealers’ Section 5 Inadequacies

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when they engage in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a risk alert that reported the results of...more

10/22/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Broker-Dealer Compliance Fraud Market Manipulation SEC Unregistered Securities

CFTC Excludes Certain Swaps with Utility Special Entities from the Special Entity De Minimis Calculation for Purposes of Swap...

On September 26, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final rule in the Federal Register permitting a person to exclude “utility operations-related swaps” entered into with “utility special...more

10/10/2014

Harmony or Dissonance: The CFTC’s and SEC’s Cross-Border Rules

Recently, the SEC issued final rules addressing, among other things, the applicability of the security-based swap dealer (“SBSD”) and major security-based swap participant (“MSBSP”) definitions to cross-border security-based...more

7/10/2014 - CFTC Cross-Border Major Swap Participants MSBSPs SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

SEC Adopts Final Rules and Guidance Regarding the Cross-Border Application of “Security-Based Swap Dealer” and “Major...

Nearly four years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), on June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its first in a series of...more

7/7/2014 - Dodd-Frank Major Swap Participants SEC Security-Based Swaps Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Again Charges Civil Perjury – This Time for Statements Made in an Off-the-Record Interview

On January 2, 2014, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ordered a Russian foreign national to pay a $250,000 civil penalty for making false and misleading statements to CFTC staff in an interview during an...more

1/14/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Dodd-Frank False Statements Off-the-Record Perjury

CFTC and FERC Issue Long-Awaited Memoranda of Understanding on Jurisdiction and Information Sharing

On January 2, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC,” collectively, the “agencies”) signed “Memoranda of Understanding” regarding certain matters of...more

1/10/2014 - CFTC Dodd-Frank FERC Information Sharing Jurisdiction Memorandum of Understanding

CFTC Proposes Speculative Position Limits – Again

On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) proposed new speculative position limits. The proposal (“New Proposal”) would establish spot-month and non-spot-month limits for 28 core...more

11/20/2013 - CFTC Compliance Dodd-Frank Futures Position Limits

SEC Chair Says Commission Is Prepared to Try More Cases on Heels of Change to Settlement Policy

Last Thursday, SEC Chair Mary Jo White told a crowd of white collar lawyers and judges in Washington, D.C., that the Commission is prepared to try more cases in the wake of its recent policy change requiring certain...more

11/18/2013 - Mary Jo White SEC Settlement

CFTC Staff Issues Commodity Option Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”)

On September 30, 2013, the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) issued a Commodity Option FAQ document. While the document largely contains information already set forth in prior CFTC releases, it does contain helpful...more

10/3/2013 - CEA CFTC Commodities Reporting Requirements Trade Options

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