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CFTC Extends Exemptions of RTO Energy Products to Bar Private Rights of Action

The CFTC quelled a controversy that had emerged regarding its proposed exemption of certain specified energy products transacted in Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) by doing a “180” on its proposals that otherwise...more

CFTC Supplemental Proposal Would Authorize Exchanges to Administer More Flexible Approach to Bona Fide Hedge Exemption to Position...

The CFTC has published a proposed supplement to its December 2013 proposed rule on position limits* that would, among other things, authorize designated contract markets and swap execution facilities (“exchanges”) to...more

CFTC Proposal Invites Private Litigation of RTO Market Manipulation Theories

With its proposed order issued earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) may be making an already complicated landscape governing energy market manipulation even more so. The proposed order (CFTC...more

CFTC Proposes Guidance Clarifying that Certain Electric Capacity and Natural Gas Peaking Contracts are not “Swaps”

The CFTC has proposed guidance that certain capacity contracts in electric power markets and certain natural gas peaking supply contracts should not be considered “swaps” under the Commodity Exchange Act. The guidance does...more

CFTC Eliminates Certain Trade Option Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for End Users

The CFTC approved a final rule today that removes trade option* reporting and recordkeeping requirements applicable to non-swap dealer/major swap participant counterparties (“Non-SD/MSPs” or “end users” for purposes of this...more

CFTC Proposes Order to Exempt Southwest Power Pool Products

Recently, the CFTC issued a Proposed Order in response to a 2013 request by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for exemption of certain SPP electric energy products from CFTC regulation. Scope of Exemption - The...more

CFTC Issues Final Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

Recently, the CFTC published a final interpretation clarifying its seven-element test regarding forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). The final interpretation provides that a contract for deferred...more

CFTC Proposes Changes to Trade Option Rules for End Users

The CFTC has proposed several important changes that would alleviate the reporting and recordkeeping obligations of end users with respect to trade options (or provide by rule certain relief currently only available under...more

CFTC to Shift Enforcement Actions to Administrative Courts

The CFTC plans to revive the use of administrative courts to bring enforcement actions for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations, according to recent remarks by Aitan Goelman, Director of the Division...more

Illegal “Wash Sales” in Futures Contracts Result in $35 Million Fine

On December 18, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a Consent Order against a foreign bank (the “Bank”), imposing a civil monetary penalty of $35 million and enjoining future violations by...more

CFTC Proposes Important Clarification on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

The CFTC has published an important proposed clarification to its seven element test regarding forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). The proposed interpretation provides that a contract for deferred...more

CFTC Finalizes Rule to Exclude Swaps with Municipal Utilities From $25 Million De Minimis Swap Dealer Threshold

The CFTC has published its final rule to exclude most swaps used for hedging purposes by municipal and other governmental utilities from counting against the $25 million swap dealer de minimis threshold that currently applies...more

CFTC Proposes Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Following bank regulators’ re-proposal of margin requirements for uncleared swaps by bank swap dealers (bank SDs) and bank major swap participants (bank MSPs), the CFTC has re-proposed its own very similar requirements for...more

CFTC Proposes Rule to Exclude Municipal Utilities from $25 Million De Minimis Swap Dealer Threshold

Today the CFTC published its proposed rule that would exclude most swaps used by municipal utilities for hedging purposes from counting against the $25 million swap dealer de minimis threshold that currently applies to swaps...more

FERC & CFTC Sign MOUs On Jurisdiction And Information Sharing (Finally)

On January 2, approximately three years after the applicable deadline under the Dodd-Frank Act, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission entered into two Memoranda of Understanding...more

New Year Brings Changes To End User Reporting Requirements For Trade Options And Swaps

The first half of 2014 will bring changes to the end user reporting requirements for trade options and swaps—namely, (1) the commencement of the annual Form TO reporting requirement for unreported trade options and (2) a...more

Who Are The Swap Dealers?

We recently passed the first rolling 12-month period for determining which entities will surpass the CFTC’s de minimis swap dealing levels and thus be “swap dealers” under the Dodd-Frank Act. So, who are they?...more

11/12/2013  /  CFTC , Dodd-Frank , ISDA , Swap Dealers , Swaps

CFTC Re-Proposes Position Limits On Physical Commodity Derivatives

Yesterday, the CFTC voted to approve a new position limits rule that resembles the agency’s previous short-lived rule (vacated and now abandoned after court challenge), albeit with certain significant changes. ...more

CFTC Abandons Old Position Limits Rule In Favor Of New Rule

According to a statement by Commissioner O’Malia today, the CFTC has voted to dismiss its appeal of the federal district court decision striking down the CFTC’s 2011 position limits rule. The Commission has an open meeting...more

10/30/2013  /  CFTC , Position Limits

CFTC Responds To FAQ On Commodity Options

Today, the CFTC Division of Market Oversight published a response to frequently asked questions regarding commodity options, including reporting obligations with respect to trade options. The response clarified a few...more

CFTC Extends Compliance Dates For End User Swap Reporting

The CFTC has issued a no-action letter that effectively extends the dates for swap counterparties who are not swap dealers (SDs) or major swap participants (MSPs) to come into compliance with the agency’s reporting rules...more

CFTC No-Action Letter Allows Most End Users To Report All Trade Options On Annual Aggregate Basis

The CFTC Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has issued a no-action letter that will allow most swaps end users to report all trade options on an annual aggregate basis. Trade options are commodity options (which include some...more

Energy Alert: Deadline Approaches For Energy Company Swap Reporting

The CFTC's Dodd-Frank swap reporting and recordkeeping requirements become mandatory on April 10, 2013, for all persons and companies engaging in swaps. These requirements include the agency's swap data reporting and...more

CFTC Issues Advisory Regarding Swap Reporting Requirements

The CFTC Division of Market Oversight has issued an advisory to remind market participants of the swap reporting requirements that are now, or soon to be, in effect. End users must be in compliance with the reporting rules...more

IECA Releases Amending Agreement To Facilitate End User Compliance With CFTC Regulations

The International Energy Credit Association (“IECA”) has released a standardized agreement titled the “Dodd-Frank Act Representations and Reporting Amending Agreement” to facilitate end user compliance with the CFTC’s swap...more

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