Commodities Futures Trading Commission

The United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission was created in 1974 to regulate commodity futures and option markets. The Commission’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from... more +
The United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission was created in 1974 to regulate commodity futures and option markets. The Commission’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from fraud, abuse, and systemic risk associated with derivatives subject to the Commodities Exchange Act. In 2010, as a result of the Frank-Dodd Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection, the Commission’s role was expanded to include drafting rules for regulating the swaps marketplace. less -
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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces Measures to Enhance Protection of Customer Funds - On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three separate enhancements...more

ISDA Launches 2016 Variation Margin Protocol to Facilitate Compliance With Margin Rules

On August 16, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol (VM Protocol). The VM Protocol will help market participants implement the new variation...more

CFTC Proposal to Amend CPO Reporting Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on August 5, 2016, issued a proposal to amend its rules governing commodity pool annual reports, which, if adopted, would permit commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) of a pool...more

Impact of Pay-to-Play Rules in the 2016 Election Cycle

The federal Pay-to-Play Rules may impact campaign contributions in the 2016 election and, in particular, campaign contributions to a major party’s presidential campaign. Financial institutions that do business with, or seek...more

CFTC Staff Issues Final Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Report

On August 15, 2016, Staff of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final report regarding the de minimis exception from swap dealer registration (“Staff De Minimis Report”).  The Staff De Minimis...more

Yates, Whistleblowers and FCPA Pilot Project: Re-Examining Your Internal investigation Protocols

Companies face an ever-changing constellation of risks, enforcement priorities and demands for internal controls and compliance program elements. As more resources are poured into government enforcement programs, companies...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.17.16

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen (he, formerly of SAC Capital Advisors) has agreed to be barred from commodities trading until 2018 under the terms of a settlement announced by the CFTC yesterday....more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

CFTC Announces Measures to Enhance Protection of Customer Funds

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three separate enhancements relating to the protection of customer funds. ...more

CFTC Announces Actions Addressing Application of the Dodd-Frank Act to Cross-Border Transactions

On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two separate actions relating to the application of the Dodd-Frank Act to cross-border transactions. The CFTC issued a Final Response to...more

Bitcoin theft highlights cryptocurrency regulatory uncertainty

The recent suspension of trading on Hong Kong based Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex following the apparent theft of approximately US$60m worth of bitcoins is the latest in a series of Bitcoin thefts. With Bitcoin still in its...more

"Prudential Regulators Extend Swaps Clearing Exemptions and Exceptions to Non-Cleared Swap Margin Requirements"

On August 2, 2016, federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators) adopted a final rule (PR Margin Exemptions) implementing exemptions from the Prudential Regulators’ impending initial and variation margin requirements for...more

CFTC Issues Final Rules on Cross-Border Uncleared Swap Margin Requirements

The CFTC has combined an entity-level approach with a transaction-level approach in its final cross-border uncleared swap margin requirements. Introduction - On December 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Recalling Mt. Gox, Bitfinex Exchange is Latest Target of Bitcoin Hackers

On August 2, 2016, Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange Bitfinex was the latest target of hackers who stole 119,756 bitcoins, for a total loss of approximately $72 million at that time. Some are estimating it to be as high as...more

CFTC Proposed Registration Relief for Non-U.S. Futures Commission Merchants, Commodity Pool Operators, Commodity Trading Advisors...

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed amendments to its rules (“Proposed Rules”) that loosen the conditions for exemption from registration as a futures commission merchant (“FCM”),...more

CFTC Proposes Permanent Registration Relief to Certain Non-US Asset Managers

The amendments to the CFTC’s registration rules will codify no-action relief that permits non-US asset managers to rely on an exemption from the requirement to register with the CFTC by virtue of trading uncleared swaps in...more

Pressure Builds for EPA and CFTC to Investigate Manipulation in the RIN Markets

In what could foreshadow even further scrutiny of trading activities in the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the...more

Derivatives in Review - July 2016

An Overview of Proposed Regulation AT - Orrick attorneys authored an overview of Regulation Automated Trading (known as "Regulation AT") proposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") in the May/June 2016...more

CFTC Considers Blockchain Technology

The disruptive effects of blockchain technology on the financial system may take several years to materialize. Nevertheless, in preparation, regulators are increasingly focused on understanding potential uses of blockchain...more

BP Case Reflects FERC’s Broad View of its Jurisdiction

On July 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or “Commission”) issued an order affirming an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) Initial Decision finding that BP America (“BP”) and certain affiliated entities...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - July 2016

“Official Acts”—What They Are… and Are Not - Why it matters: On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court decided McDonnell v. U.S., holding that, for purposes of the federal public corruption statutes, an “official act”...more

Bridging the Week - July 2016 #2

Michael Coscia Sentenced to Three Years’ Imprisonment for Spoofing and Commodity Fraud: Michael Coscia, the first person prosecuted and convicted under a law prohibiting spoofing that was enacted after the 2007-2008...more

After Favorable LIBOR Ruling from the Second Circuit, Investors Now Allege Anticompetitive SIBOR Manipulation

On July 5, 2016, investors filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York alleging defendant banks had manipulated the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) “and/or” Singapore Swap Offer Rate (SOR)...more

CFTC Issues $560,000 Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On July 6, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) fined Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) $560,000 for inaccurate large trader reporting of swaps positions. This is the third and largest...more

SEC Proposal Would Require Business Continuity and Transition Plans for Investment Advisers

Citing the ongoing risk of terrorist and cyber-attacks, the 2008 financial crisis, and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has issued proposed rules under the Investment Advisers Act...more

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