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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

Investors and brokers agree landmark share-dealing code

The Investment Association and AFME have agreed a code of conduct for the use of Indications of Interest (IOIs). The new code will help to ensure that the market impact of “block trades” can be better predicted. A distinction...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #5

Charles Schwab Fined US $2 Million by FINRA for Net Capital Deficiencies: Charles Schwab & Co. agreed to pay US $2 million to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to resolve allegations that it had net capital...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #4

CME Group Files Disciplinary Actions for Trading Ahead of Block Trades and Failure to Supervise an Employee Engaging in Disruptive Trading Activities - In two cases of first impression, CME Group exchanges brought and...more

CME Group Combines Block Trade Advisory Notices

CME Group has issued a market regulation advisory notice related to block trades that combines and supersedes similar advisory notices issued by (1) the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade and (2) the...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #4

CME Group Reminds Members of Regulatory Requirements for EFRPs and Block Trades Through Disciplinary Actions: The CME Group brought and resolved multiple disciplinary actions against various members and non-members related to...more

2015 CFTC Regulatory Agenda

As 2015 is now underway, we wanted to highlight some of the potential regulatory developments from the CFTC that may arise in the new year. Overall we expect 2015 to be a year of continued CFTC implementation of the...more

Bridging the Week - January 2015 #4

Swiss Franc-Euro Decoupling Spurs Worldwide Legal and Regulatory Fallout - Following the unexpected decoupling by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) of the Swiss franc-Euro exchange rate on January 15; the subsequent...more

CME Strikes Revisions to Wash Trade Advisory Notice Regarding Block Trades

On January 6, the CME Group Exchanges (CME Group) issued an amended Advisory Notice on wash trades, which removes language prohibiting block trades between accounts with the same beneficial ownership. As reported in the...more

CFTC Provides Time-Limited Relief to SEFs for Block Trades

On September 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) provided time-limited no-action relief to swap execution facilities (SEFs) from the requirement in CFTC Regulation 43.2 that block...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 38

In this issue: - SEC Releases Strategic Plan for 2014–2018 - House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act” - FINRA Board Approves Several Rulemaking Items...more

Bridging the Week - September 2014 #2

CFTC Proposes Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps and Approves Special Treatment for Operations-Related Swaps With Certain Government-Owned Natural Gas and Electric Utilities - A few weeks after the Federal Reserve Bank...more

"Alternative Transaction Structures: The 'New Normal' in Volatile German Capital Markets"

During the past two years the European equity capital markets have shown clear signs of recovery. However, these markets continue to experience more volatility than before the global financial crisis. Virtually every market...more

CFTC Open Meeting on Proprietary Trading and Block Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will hold a public meeting on December 10 to discuss: (1) proprietary trading and certain interests in and relationships with covered funds; and (2) block trading for futures and...more

CFTC Issues Guidance on Block Trade and Large Notional Off-Facility Swap Rules; Advisers Must Obtain Consents

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has issued final rules (“Final Rules”) setting minimum block trade sizes for different types of CFTC regulated swaps that are permitted to be executed off-facility and...more

CFTC Grants Relief to CTAs and IAs from Swap Block Trade Aggregation Prohibition

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight has issued no-action relief from the prohibition in CFTC Regulation 43.6(h)(6) on the aggregation of orders for different accounts to satisfy minimum...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 2, 2013

In this issue: - CFTC Grants Relief to CTAs and IAs from Swap Block Trade Aggregation Prohibition - Sixth Circuit Affirms Decision to Enforce Arbitration Provision in Retiree Benefit Dispute - Third...more

CFTC Adopts Final SEF, “Available to Trade” and Block Trade Rules – Implications for End - Users

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently adopted three final rules pursuant to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Customer Protection Act that impact the manner in which end-users’ cleared...more

IA Exams and Foxhall Capital Management

Several weeks ago I discussed what I think is the great likelihood that investment advisers are about to be subject to more regular periodic exams in the coming years....more

CFTC Adopts Final Rules Requiring Execution of Swaps on Organized Facilities

On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) adopted several rules relating to swap execution. These much-anticipated rules make three significant changes to the regulatory framework of...more

CME Block Trade Advisories Clarify Nonpublic Information Restrictions

In two recent market regulation advisory notices (RA1303-3 and RA1307-4), CME Group clarified its rules regarding the disclosure and use of nonpublic information based upon a solicitation to participate in a block trade. The...more

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