Algorithmic Trading

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New Year: New Regulatory Developments Affecting Managers of Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds and Other Private Funds

Regulators were busy at the end of 2015, especially in the United States, perhaps being motivated to push forward new rule proposals in anticipation of a change in administration after the presidential elections later this...more

"CFTC Proposes Regulation AT for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed new rules — Regulation Automated Trading (Regulation AT) — that would impose new and potentially burdensome risk and compliance controls on any person engaged in...more

CFTC Proposes Regulation of Automated Trading

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved the issuance of proposed rules to implement a framework of registration, reporting, recordkeeping and other compliance requirements for market...more

SEC Proposes Significant Regulatory Changes for Alternative Trading Systems

On November 18, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) proposed significant changes to the regulatory requirements applicable to dark pools and other alternative trading systems (“ATSs”) that...more

CFTC Regulation Automated Trading (Regulation AT)

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) held an open meeting at which it unanimously approved its long-anticipated notice of proposed rules referred to as Regulation Automated Trading...more

Derivatives in Review - December 2015

Prudential Regulators Approve Final Uncleared Margin Rules - In October, the prudential regulators approved a final version of the September 2014 re-proposed rule generally imposing initial and variation margin...more

Exchanges Prevail in Flash Boys-Inspired Suits

The practice of high frequency trading has been a hot-button issue of late, thanks in part to Michael Lewis’ 2014 book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, which examines the rise of this phenomenon throughout U.S. markets. ...more

CFTC Proposes “Regulation AT” for Automated Trading

I. Executive Summary - On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) proposed a new regulatory regime for automated trading on US designated contract markets (DCM) (Regulation AT or...more

MiFID 2: FCA Publishes MiFID 2 Markets Consultation

Despite the continuing absence of the Commission's Level 2 legislation implementing the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (MiFID 2) package, and the rumours of a delay to the implementation...more

Proposed CFTC Regulation To Impact Algorithmic Trading and Traders

On November 25, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "Commission" or the CFTC) proposed a comprehensive set of new rules ("Regulation AT") that, if adopted, potentially would impose many new obligations on most...more

CFTC Proposes Significant New Regulations for Algorithmic Trading—What Investment Managers Need to Know

If you read one thing... - Proposed Regulation AT sets out minimum pre-trade safeguards and internal policy requirements on all “AT Persons,” which would generally include persons using algorithmic systems for generating...more

CFTC Proposes New Regulations For Algorithmic Trading

On November 24, 2015, the CFTC announced the new proposed Regulation Automated Trading (“Reg. AT”), which contains a variety of measures designed to prevent potential market disruptions arising from algorithmic trading. Among...more

Bridging the Week - December 2015

CFTC Brings First Insider Trading-Type Enforcement Action Based on New Anti-Manipulation Authority: Last week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought and settled its first enforcement action sounding in the...more

Between Bridges - November 2015

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed a comprehensive set of new rules that, if adopted, potentially would impose many new obligations on certain CFTC registrants that use algorithmic trading systems to...more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Regulation of Automated Trading

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) held an open meeting to propose the regulation of automated trading (“Regulation AT”). According to the CFTC, the purpose of Regulation...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 11.25.15

A groundbreaking move by Calpers—California’s state pension fund—to disclose how much money it’s made from and paid to private equity funds ($24.2 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively, since 1990) may help pave the way for...more

CFTC To Hold an Open Commission Meeting on Automated Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to consider a proposal on automated trading. Among other provisions, the proposed rules are...more

Prosecutors Record First-Ever Conviction for ‘Spoofing’: A New Era of Trading Enforcement

Asset managers and other traders should expect aggressive anti-spoofing enforcement and consider reviewing their trading practices in light of this most recent development. On November 3, 2015, a federal jury in...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

SEC Director of the Division of Enforcement Discusses Market Structure Enforcement

On November 2, 2015, the Director of the SEC Division of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney spoke at the “SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar” and outlined the SEC’s enforcement priorities with respect to...more

Barclays Bids to Halt High-Frequency Trading Class Action in Its Tracks

A high-profile class action against Barclays over so-called high-frequency trading is heading into a key phase this month, with the court set to decide plaintiffs’ motion for class certification—a pivotal moment in the case’s...more

CFTC Chair Discusses the CFTC’s Response to Algorithmic Trading

On October 21, 2015, CFTC Chair Timothy Massad spoke at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His remarks came...more

SEC Chair Calls for Reexamination of Treasury Market Regulations in Light of High Speed Electronic Trading

On October 20, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave the keynote address at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York....more

CFTC Accuses Firm Manually Entering Orders Of Spoofing Scheme That Fooled Algorithmic Traders

Potentially abusive trading algorithms, such as algorithms that purportedly engage in “spoofing” or “layering” are the subject of considerable regulatory interest. However, in an interesting complaint filed on October 19,...more

Coding Errors Lead To SEC Sanctions for High-Frequency Trading Firm

Mistakes in computer coding by a high frequency trading firm that went undetected for approximately four years were responsible for approximately 12.6 million orders that violated Reg NMS, according to an Order settling an...more

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