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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

Blockchain technology identified as capital market disruptor

IOSCO Chairman Greg Medcraft has discussed digital disruption in capital markets in a speech at Carnegie Mellon University. He identifies blockchain technology, the algorithm behind bitcoin, as having the potential to...more

Bridging the Week - September 2015 #2

CFTC Says Virtual Currencies Are a “Commodity” Under Federal Law, Files Charges Against Coinflip for Operating an Unregistered Bitcoin Options Trading Platform - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Yates Memo, refocusing DOJ criminal and civil corporate investigations, continues to be the critical topic of discussion this week. The Memo, discussed here, directs that individuals be the focus of the inquiry from the...more

SEC Sanctions Dark Pool Operator and Affiliated High Frequency Trader

In the latest round of regulatory action involving high frequency trading and dark pools, the SEC announced yesterday that it reached a settlement with ITG, Inc., and its affiliate Alternet Securities, Inc., imposing a $20.3...more

SEC Charges Another Dark Pool

Dark pools are one of the issues which have been debated at least since Michael Lewis published Flash Boys and Scott Patterson put out Dark Pools. To date the SEC has brought two actions involving the trading venues. One was...more

IRS Issues Notices Regarding Certain Structured Transactions

Parties that enter into “basket option contracts” and “basket contracts” should be aware that the IRS is likely to challenge such transactions and that they have a new obligation to report the transactions to the IRS or face...more

MiFID II: The Next Big Challenge - Key Issues for Asset Managers

Background - The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) and the related Regulation (“MiFIR”) is the next big rewrite of EU legislation, due to take effect at the beginning of 2017. Although its greatest...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 9 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Securities and investment advisory services offered through . . . That phrase is ubiquitous among small and “independent” financial services firms, regularly appearing in 6-point or...more

"FINRA Provides Guidance on Effective Supervision and Control Practices for Firms Engaging in Algorithmic Trading Strategies"

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued a regulatory notice (the “Notice”) in March 2015 that provides guidance on effective supervision and control practices for firms engaging in algorithmic trading...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015

CME Group Summarily Suspends Trading Privileges of Two Traders Without Hearing for Alleged Spoofing and Non-Cooperation - Less than two weeks after civil and criminal charges were filed by the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Bridging the Week - April 2015 #2

IOSCO Seeks Views on Business Continuity and Recovery Planning by Trading Venues and Intermediaries; NYS Warns on Third-Party Service Providers - The International Organization of Securities Commissions issued two...more

Proposed Registration of Associated Persons Involved With Algorithmic Trading Strategies

FINRA recently issued Regulatory Notice 15-06 requesting comments on the proposal that would require the registration of associated persons involved in the design, development or modification of algorithmic trading...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 7 • April 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed to amend SEC Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which exempts certain broker-dealers from membership in a...more

Important Regulatory Developments for Proprietary Trading Firms and Broker-Dealers Using Algorithmic Trading Strategies

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to issue a proposed rule amendment that would significantly narrow the existing exemption that permits many proprietary-trading...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Effective Supervision for Firms Engaging in Algorithmic Trading Strategies

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 15-09 to provide guidance to member firms and market participants on effective supervision and control practices with respect to algorithmic trading...more

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