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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CFTC Proposes to Allow Private Lawsuits for Transactions in RTOs and ISOs

The proposal could create uncertainty for market participants and raise jurisdictional questions about which regulator should police power markets....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.26.16

The SEC has opened an inquiry into Alibaba’s accounting related to affiliated companies and related-party transactions, a big deal for a company “long seen as a symbol of China’s growing technological might”...more

CFTC proposes amendment to the RTO-ISO order: key takeaways

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued a notice of proposed amendment to a 2013 order (the RTO-ISO Order) exempting certain electric energy transactions from various provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA)...more

Citadel, a $24-Billion Hedge Fund, Seeks Whistleblower Status

Just a few months after announcing the first-ever award to an outside whistleblower, federal authorities may be on the verge of expanding the reach of whistleblower incentives even further. Last week, Citadel, the...more

Launching a Hedge Fund in 2016: An Overview for US Managers

Despite a challenging environment for the hedge fund industry, many institutional investors continue to allocate to hedge funds in a market environment otherwise devoid of promising investment opportunities. While the hedge...more

Are You Secure?

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White confirmed Tuesday that cyber security is the biggest risk currently facing the financial system. Her strong warning of the threat posed by hackers follows...more

CFTC Proposes Reversing Course, Granting Private Right of Action in Energy Market Manipulation

Last week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a notice of proposed order and request for comment proposing to allow a private right of action to enforce violations of the anti-manipulation, anti-fraud or...more

US Commodity and Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Addresses Regulatory Issues Associated with Distributed Ledger Technology

US Commodity and Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo discussed the potential of distributed ledger technology, which he called "the biggest technological innovation in the financial services industry...more

CFTC Proposal Invites Private Litigation of RTO Market Manipulation Theories

With its proposed order issued earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) may be making an already complicated landscape governing energy market manipulation even more so. The proposed order (CFTC...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Increases 2016 Multifamily Lending Caps - On May 4, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it increased its 2016 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $31 billion to $35...more

CFTC Proposes Amendment to RTO-ISO Order

On May 10, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed an amendment (“Proposed Amendment”) to an order it issued on March 28, 2013 (“RTO-ISO Order”), exempting certain electric energy transactions from a...more

US and EU reach an important agreement on CCP global equivalence: how will it affect you?

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad and European Commissioner Jonathan Hill have agreed on a common approach to harmonizing transatlantic regulations regarding the central clearing of derivatives...more

SEC Issues Business Conduct Rules for Security-Based Swap Entities

In an important step in the ongoing regulation of the market for security-based swaps (both individually and in the plural, “SBS”), last month the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued its final business conduct...more

Fintech Regulation: Recent Developments And Innovations

The past few years have been boom times for financial technology (fintech), with investments in fintech companies rising from $1.8 billion in 2010 to $19 billion in 2015 according to one study. Will recent regulatory...more

CFTC Amends Swap Portfolio Reconciliation Requirement

On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule to amend the swap portfolio reconciliation requirement. Under CFTC Regulation 23.500(i), swap dealers and major swap participants were...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2016

Spotlight on the False Claims Act - Why it matters: This month we discuss two interesting court cases involving the False Claims Act (FCA). On April 19, 2016, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Universal Health...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Approves Final Rule on Amendments to the Swap Portfolio Reconciliation Requirement

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule to amend a requirement found in CFTC Regulation 23.500(i) that swap dealers and major swap participants exchange the terms of swaps with their counterparties for...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Provinces on Cross-Border Supervision

CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad and authorities for three Canadian provinces signed a March 2014 Memorandum of Understanding regarding (i) cooperation and coordination between the jurisdictions in respect of derivatives and...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Provinces on Cross-Border Supervision

CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad and authorities for three Canadian provinces signed a March 2014 Memorandum of Understanding regarding (i) cooperation and coordination between the jurisdictions in respect of derivatives and...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and US Securities and Exchange Commission Jointly Propose Guidance on Certain Natural Gas...

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission jointly proposed guidance relating to the treatment of certain electric power and natural gas contracts. Specifically, the guidance...more

Compliance Departments Must Continue to Evolve as Regulators Refine Their Approach to Spoofing

The government’s pursuit of alleged “spoofing” continues to garner headlines with the criminal authorities recently securing a conviction in the prosecution of Michael Coscia for alleged spoofing on the Chicago Mercantile...more

Derivatives: ISDA Announces 2016 New York Law Variation Margin Credit Support Annex

On April 14, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) announced the 2016 ISDA Credit Support Annex for Variation Margin for use with New York law transactions (the 2016 CSA). ISDA is in...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016

FINRA Hands Out Report Cards on Potential Spoofing and Layering: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said that it issued its first cross-market equities report cards aimed at helping member firms identify potential...more

CFTC announces its largest whistleblower award to date – key takeaways

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced its third and largest whistleblower award to date – an award of more than $10 million – to a whistleblower who provided information that led to a successful CFTC...more

Serious Fraud Office Closes Forex Investigation

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) recently announced that it had closed its criminal investigation into allegations of fraudulent conduct in the foreign exchange (FX) market. The SFO began its investigation in July 2014...more

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