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Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - January 2017

January 2017 - The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016 #3

Federal District Court Approves Flash Crash Spoofer’s US $38 Million Settlement; Federal Appeals Court Appears Sympathetic to Michael Coscia’s Claim That Spoofing Prohibition Is Too Vague - The US federal court handling...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016 #2

Alleged Flash Crash Spoofer Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges and Agrees to Resolve CFTC Civil Complaint by Paying Over $38.6 Million in Penalties: Navinder Singh Sarao pleaded guilty last Wednesday in a US federal court in...more

Bridging the Week - October 2016 #4

Non-Member Tipper and Tippee Fined by CME Group for Insider-Trading Type Offenses; Two Member Firms Fined for Algo System Gone Wild - Two apparently related non-members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange agreed to be...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Swap Execution Facilities from Certain “Block Trade” Requirements

On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) Division of Market Oversight extended time-limited no-action relief for swap execution facilities from the “occurs away” requirement from the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions - On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 19

A recent article by Todd Ehret, the Senior Regulatory Intelligence Expert for Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, points out that the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations (OCIE), in its “2015...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2016

Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Releases Proposed Rule to Modify Capital Plan and Stress Testing Rules - On September 26, 2016, the US Board of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 40

BROKER-DEALER – “Trade Match” and “Trade Acceptance” Clearing Submissions on FINRA’s Alternative Display Facility – On October 7, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a Trade Reporting Notice regarding...more

Bridging the Week - October 2016

CME Group Settles With Trading Firm for Spoofing-Type Offenses, Holding It Strictly Liable for Acts of Agents; Orders Disgorgement of Profits - CME Group brought and settled disciplinary actions against Geneva Trading...more

Bridging the Week - September 2016 #3

Advantage Futures LLC, Joseph Guinan, its majority owner and chief executive officer, and William Steele, who until May 2016 was Advantage’s chief risk officer, settled charges brought by the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 27

BREXIT UPDATE - Nathaniel Lalone, a Financial Services partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP, will continue to share his insight into the evolution of the relationship between the United Kingdom and European Union in...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

CFTC Requests Public Comment on a Rule Amendment Certification Filing by ICE Futures U.S.

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) seeks comments from the public on a proposed amendment that “would clarify that parties to a block trade may engage in pre-hedging or anticipatory hedging of the position...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #3

SEC Overturns CBOE Determination That Individual Traders of Two Omnibus Accounts Were Customers Requiring Application of Customer Identification Rule - The Securities and Exchange Commission set aside a determination by...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #2

CFTC Hosts Regulation AT Roundtable; Chairman Implies Risk Rules Sufficient for 2016: Staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission sponsored a roundtable on proposed Regulation Automated Trading last Friday. The...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.25.16

It’s a week of big fat NOs so far, with Tribune emphatically turning down Gannett yesterday and Monsanto doing the same to Bayer and its massive all-cash $62 billion offer...more

New ICE Futures U.S. Wash Trade FAQ

Effective February 23, 2016, ICE Futures U.S., Inc. (“ICE” or “Exchange”) issued a revised Wash Trade Frequently Asked Questions (“ICE FAQ”). This ICE FAQ replaces a 2009 ICE Wash Trade FAQ and provides additional guidance...more

Bridging the Week - February 2016 #3

Overseas Entities: Count US-Arranged Security-Based Swaps in Security-Based Swap Dealer Calculation Says SEC: The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules that will require non-US persons to include in a...more

Bridging the Week - January 2016 #2

FINRA Will Grade Members on Culture, Supervision and Liquidity Management; BDs Not Managing Spoofing Likely to Get Bad Scores: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority kicked off the new year by issuing its annual...more

CFTC Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Swap Execution Facilities from Certain “Block Trade” Requirements

On November 2nd, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) extended no-action relief to Swap Execution Facilities (“SEFs”) from the “occurs away” requirement in the definition of “block trade” under CFTC...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

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

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