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CFTC/SEC Jurisdictional Battle Heats Up Over Dividend Indices

The CFTC recently approved a futures contract on a dividend index as a non-security based index futures contract over the SEC’s objection that the dividend index contract could be a security future; the CFTC’s actions may...more

House Financial Services Committee Reports on JOBS Act Related Bills

A flurry of activity was seen last week on the House floor as the Financial Services Committee reported on various bills, many of which JOBS Act related. These bills propose to change registration and reporting requirements...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2014 #3

In this issue: - Derivatives - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - People - Events - Excerpt from Derivatives: CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Qualifying Swaps Trading...more

CFTC Proposes New Position Limits for Futures, Options, and Swaps and Amended Aggregation Requirements

Introduction - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has proposed a comprehensive set of regulations imposing speculative position limits on exchange-traded futures and options contracts and...more

SEC Adopts Retail Foreign Exchange Rule in Order to Prevent Dodd-Frank Amendment from Disrupting the Retail Forex Markets

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 11, 2013 adopted Rule 15b12-1 (“Final Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended (“Exchange Act”) in order to allow market participants to continue...more

D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Dodd-Frank Inspired CFTC Regulations Subjecting Mutual Funds That Invest in Commodities to CFTC...

In 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), in response to Dodd-Frank, adopted new regulations to require mutual funds and other registered investment companies that exceed certain position levels in commodity...more

Impact of Dodd-Frank Swap Regulations on Guaranties and Loan Documentation

Often in connection with commercial loans, borrowers will enter into hedging transactions (“swaps”) for the purpose of mitigating interest rate, commodity or currency risk. Such swaps will frequently be entered into directly...more

Dodd-Frank News: January 2013: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Monthly Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES . Dodd-Frank Challenges Under the Administrative Procedure Act and Commodity Exchange Act . Preemption . Whistleblower Protection Under the Dodd-Frank Act . Arbitration...more

SEC Permits Portfolio Margining of Credit Default Swaps

Order grants exemptive relief from Exchange Act requirements; parallel CFTC relief expected soon. On December 14, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order granting exemptive relief (Exemptive Order)...more

SEC Issues Exemptive Order in Connection with Portfolio Margining of Cleared Swaps and Security-Based Swaps

Provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) and the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) preclude market participants from portfolio margining collateral and other property that is required by the Exchange Act...more

Treasury Department Issues Final Determination Exempting Foreign Exchange Swaps and Certain Foreign Exchange Forwards from the...

On November 16, 2012, the United States Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury Department”) issued a final determination (the “Final Determination”) regarding the treatment of foreign exchange swaps and certain foreign...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at the SEC, DC Circuit Court, and the CFTC

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Security-Based Swap Rules - Court Challenge Filed to the SEC's "Conflict Mineral" Rules - CFTC Proposes Security-Based Swap Rules...more

CFTC Affords Relief and Guidance in Light of Final Swap Definition’s Effective Date

On October 12, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) and Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) final rules to further define the term “swap” (among other terms) became effective. The effective date of...more

CFTC Addresses Definition of Eligible Contract Participant

Section 723(a)(2) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act amended Section 2(e) of the Commodity Exchange Act, or CEA to provide that “it shall be unlawful for any person, other than an [eligible...more

Swap Definitions Rules Finalized by the SEC and the CFTC under Dodd-Frank

Introduction - On July 18, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC” and, together with the SEC, the “Commissions”) jointly published several final rules...more

CFTC Tightens Hold on Swap Participants

On September 10, 2012, the CFTC issued rules mandating new record-keeping and registration requirements for swap dealers and major swap participants in the $700 trillion derivative global market. The rules were published in...more

CFTC Staff Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on CTA and CPO Registration and Compliance

On August 14, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Staff released guidance entitled “Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Responds to Frequently Asked Questions – CPO/CTA: Amendments to...more

Dodd Frank Update: Impact on Gas & Power Transactions (Presentation)

TABLE OF CONTENTS I. Who Does the Dodd-Frank Act Impact? ...1 A. Major Swap Participants...1 1. Category 1: Substantial Position in Swap Categories ...1 2. Category 2: Substantial Counterparty Exposure...more

Dodd-Frank Financial Reform: Potential Impacts to ISDA and Other Trading Contracts

Discussion Topics •General Overview of the Dodd-Frank Act •Title VII of the Dodd Frank Act: Impact on OTC Derivatives and Energy Trading •Definitions and applicability •Mandatory clearing •Registration...more

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