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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 -

CFTC Case Updates: Settlement Highlights Agency’s New Premium on Cooperation; 7th Circuit Upholds Criminal Spoofing Conviction

On August 7, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) announced a settlement for a civil penalty of $600,000 with the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) for alleged spoofing violations, with...more

LIBOR Replacement Plans Bring Regulatory Considerations for Derivatives

Plans to end the long reign of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as one of the world's most often-used interest rate benchmarks have recently been confirmed by several top financial regulators. On July 27, 2017,...more

CFTC Staff Provides Relief from Position Limit Aggregation Rules, Including August 14, 2017 Filing Deadline

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Just days before a new notice filing requirement for certain position limit aggregation exemptions was to take effect, on August 10, 2017 the staff of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) Division of...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Market Oversight Announces Review of Swaps Reporting Regulations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight (Division) announced the launch of an in-depth review of the swap data reporting regulations found in Parts 43, 45, and 49 of the CFTC’s...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo Appoints Daniel Gorfine as LabCFTC Director and...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo appointed Daniel Gorfine to serve as Director of LabCFTC and Chief Innovation Officer, effective immediately. Gorfine will be responsible for...more

National Futures Association Simplifies Section 4s Submission and Review Process for Swap Dealer Registration

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On July 24, 2017, the National Futures Association (“NFA”) adopted measures to streamline the process for registration of swap dealers pursuant to Section 4s of the Commodity Exchange Act. Previously, entities seeking to...more

Bridging the Week - August 2017

OCC Seeks Input How Volcker Regulations Should Be Amended: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency solicited comment on how the specific requirements it adopted to implement the so-called “Volcker Rule” should be...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 20

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McConnell Sets Next Senate Vote for Sept. 5 (The Washington Post). House Set to Bundle 8 Leftover Spending Bills in September: Republicans are set to tackle remaining appropriations bills after returning from August recess,...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Staff Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief on the Applicability of Transaction-Level...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Divisions of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), Clearing and Risk, and Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter providing relief to certain...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Grants SEF and DCO Registration to LedgerX LLC

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an Order of Registration to LedgerX LLC (LedgerX) granting their request to register as a Swap Execution Facility (SEF). As a result, LedgerX becomes the 25th SEF...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Updates Progress on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Credit Risk Transfer Programs - On July 26, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released an update on the credit risk transfer programs of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae...more

CFTC Staff Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief on the Applicability of Transaction-Level Requirements in Certain Cross-Border...

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) “issued a time-limited no-action letter that extends relief to swap dealers [] registered with the CFTC that are established under the laws of...more

WSGR Fintech Update - August 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the August 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article on the State of Delaware's amendments to permit Delaware corporations to use...more

Federal Regulatory Agencies Announce Coordination of Reviews for Certain Foreign Funds Under “Volcker Rule”

On July 21, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency and the Securities and...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - CFTC Announces Review of Swap Data Reporting Regulations

In the most recent example of federal regulatory streamlining, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on July 10 that it will undertake a comprehensive review of the swap data reporting regulations....more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

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Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

SEC Exercises Jurisdiction Over Initial Coin Offerings

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On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission issued an Investigative Report detailing its investigation of an initial coin offering of digital tokens representing interests in a decentralized autonomous...more

Federal Banking Agencies Announce No-action Position on Certain Foreign Excluded Funds Under the Volcker Rule

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, and its implementing regulations (the “Volcker Rule”) generally prohibit a “banking entity” from engaging in proprietary trading and from investing in,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Fed’s Open Markets Committee meets today, and despite relatively robust economic numbers of late, the lack of oped-for inflation (among other things) is likely to keep the Fed from moving on interest rates again at this...more

The FinTech Revolution: Enforcement Actions Brought against FinTech Companies and Their Implications

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This is the second installment in a series of articles. For an understanding of FinTech products and services and how they are disrupting the financial services industry. As law enforcement authorities and government...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

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Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

FINRA Holds Regulator Forum on Distributed Ledger Technology

On July 13, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) held a Blockchain Symposium (the Symposium) in which representatives from a number of US regulators discussed the work they have undertaken to assess...more

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Launches Cooperation Initiative

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

When investigating potential wrongdoing, government investigators have powerful tools that they can use to obtain information. As the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual explains, one such tool is the ability to enter into non-prosecution...more

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Enters Into Its First Public Non-Prosecution Agreements

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On June 29th, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) entered into the first public non-prosecution agreements in its history with three former Citigroup traders, pledging not to pursue civil...more

Reminder of Effective Date of Filing Requirement under CFTC Position Limit Aggregation Exemption Rules

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The new notice filing requirement for continued reliance on certain exemptions from aggregation under the CFTC’s position limit rules becomes effective on August 14, 2017. This requirement is under the CFTC’s final rules...more

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