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CME Group Issues Notice Prohibiting Transitory EFRPs

CME Group has issued an advisory notice prohibiting transitory exchange for related positions (EFRPs) on each of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the New York Mercantile Exchange...more

4/23/2014 - CME Commodities Commodities Exchange Act Commodity Pool Foreign Currency Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 16

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Partially Invalidates Conflict Minerals Rule - FINRA Proposes Rule 2081 to Prohibit “Bargained-For” Expungements - SEC Issues FAQs...more

4/21/2014 - Broker-Dealer CME Conflict Mineral Rules Expungement FINRA Fraud Hedge Funds SEC

FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding Communications with the Public and Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued Regulatory Notice 14-14 and Regulatory Notice 14-15 announcing that it will initiate a review of certain of its rules to ensure that its rules remain relevant and...more

4/15/2014 - Compliance FINRA New Regulations

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 15

In this issue: - SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding...more

4/14/2014 - Broker-Dealer CFTC Collateralized Loan Obligations Conflict Mineral Rules FINRA Leverage Capital Ratio MTFs SEC Swaps

FINRA Proposes to Amend Rule 4210

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. requested comments on amendments to Rule 4210 to establish margin requirements for To Be Announced (TBA) market transactions. The TBA market is where most agency...more

4/1/2014 - FINRA Mortgage-Backed Securities

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 13

In this issue: - SEC Roundtable Discusses Cybersecurity Threats and Protections Against Cyberattacks - Proposed Changes to FINRA Classification of Hybrid Securities for Trade Reporting Purposes - FINRA...more

3/31/2014 - CFTC Class Action Class Certification Collateralized Debt Obligations Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FINRA ICE IPO SEC Swaps

CFTC Requests Comment on Swap Data Reporting Rules

On March 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved for publication in the Federal Register a request for public comment on swap data reporting requirements under Part 45 of the CFTC’s regulations. The request was...more

3/26/2014 - CFTC Swap Data Repositories Swaps

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 12

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with Controlling Stockholder - Amendments to Uniform Branch Office...more

3/24/2014 - CFTC Controlling Stockholders Corporate Counsel Discrimination Employer Liability Issues FINRA MFW Racial Discrimination Registration SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

CFTC Announces Available-to-Trade Determinations

In December 2013, Bloomberg LLC (BSEF) submitted a self-certified determination that certain interest rate and credit default swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and...more

3/19/2014 - CEA CFTC Credit Default Swaps Swaps

SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies

On March 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to propose new rules that would enhance the oversight of registered clearing agencies that: (1) have been designated as systemically important by the Financial...more

3/18/2014 - Clearing Agencies Enforcement SEC

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 11

In this issue: - NASDAQ Launches Marketplace for Private Companies - SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance Oversight of Clearing Agencies - FINRA Proposes to Amend Rules 2210 and 2214 - CME Group Exchanges...more

3/17/2014 - Audits CFTC Clearing Agencies CME FINRA Nasdaq Ponzi Scheme Risk Management SEC Transfers

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has requested comments on a proposed rule set for limited corporate financing brokers (LCFBs). LCFBs are firms that engage in certain limited activities, such as advising companies...more

3/11/2014 - Brokers FINRA

SEC Issues No-Action Relief to Broker Dealers from Financial Responsibility Rule 15c3-3 Amendments

On February 26, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets granted two separate requests for no-action relief, one submitted by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)...more

3/11/2014 - Banks Broker-Dealer FDIC No-Action Relief SEC SIFMA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 10

In this issue: - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Set for Limited Corporate Financing Brokers - SEC Issues No-Action Relief to Broker Dealers from Financial Responsibility Rule 15c3-3 Amendments -...more

3/10/2014 - Appeals CFTC Disgorgement False Reporting Financial Reporting FINRA Fraud Mergers SEC

CFTC Guidance Relating to Trading on SEFs and DCMs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) have issued the following guidance relating to the trading of swaps on swap execution facilities (SEFs) and designated contract...more

2/19/2014 - CFTC Designated Contract Market Swap Execution Facilities

CFTC Exempts MTFs from US Registration Requirements

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has issued CFTC Letter No. 14-15, which provides temporary no-action relief for (i) multilateral trading facilities (MTFs) overseen by regulators...more

2/19/2014 - CFTC MTFs Registration

NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Member Obligations Under NFA Bylaw 1101 and Compliance Rule 2-36(d)

Under Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations, any person claiming an exemption or exclusion from commodity pool operator (CPO) or commodity trading advisor (CTA) registration pursuant to CFTC Regulations 4.5,...more

2/19/2014 - CPO CTA Exemptions NFA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 7

In this issue: - CFTC Exempts MTFs from US Registration Requirements - CFTC Guidance Relating to Trading on SEFs and DCMs - NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Member Obligations Under NFA Bylaw 1101...more

2/17/2014 - CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts Derivative Suit Insider Trading MTFs NFA SEC SEFs

CFTC Certifies Available-to-Trade Determinations

In October, TW SEF LLC (TW SEF) and MarketAxess SEF Corporation submitted self-certified determinations that certain interest rate and credit default swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity...more

2/5/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Credit Default Swaps Interest Rates Swaps

NFA Members Must Provide Suspicious Activity Reports to NFA Upon Request

On January 27, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to its members indicating that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has authorized it to request suspicious activity reports (SARs), information...more

2/5/2014 - CFTC NFA Suspicious Activity Reports

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 5

In this issue: - FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notifications - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Three C&DIs Relating to “Unbundling Rule” - NFA Members...more

2/4/2014 - Bitcoins Bundling Rules CFTC Derivative Suit FinCEN FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Insider Trading NFA Pre-Merger Filing Requirements SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders The Clayton Act Virtual Currency

CFTC Staff Responds to FAQs Regarding Commodity Options

On September 30, CFTC staff issued responses to several frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to commodity options. Pursuant to Section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act, which defines the term “swap” to include an...more

10/9/2013 - CFTC Commodities Commodities Exchange Act Swaps Trade Options

CFTC Issues Order Relating to the Continuation, Shutdown and Resumption of Operations Following a Lapse in Appropriations

On September 27, the CFTC issued guidance describing its operations in the event of a lapse in appropriations. The order provides that the CFTC will not process rule, rule amendment or contract certification filings (other...more

10/9/2013 - CFTC Government Shutdown

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swap Execution Facilities

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff released several no-action letters impacting swap execution facilities (SEFs) and their participants. These no-action letters are related to swap data reporting requirements, SEF...more

10/8/2013 - CFTC No-Action Letters Reporting Requirements Risk Management SEFs Swaps

CFTC Issues Final Guidance on Cross-Border Application of Swap Regulations

On July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CTFC") approved final guidance addressing the extent to which the swap provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act ("CEA") added by Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

8/19/2013 - CFTC Cross-Border Dodd-Frank G20 Swaps Title VII

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