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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 -

Rules of the Road: New CFTC Regulations Expand Whistleblower Bounty Program

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), published updated regulations Monday to bring its whistleblower bounty efforts more in line with the SEC’s. The rules were proposed last August and generally provide more...more

CFTC Amends Whistleblower Rules to Strengthen Anti-Retaliation Protections and Encourage Whistleblower Tips

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) adopted several additions to its whistleblower rules. Among other things, the amendments expand the Commission’s power to pursue...more

CFTC Launches LabCFTC as Major Fintech Initiative

On May 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) approved the creation of LabCFTC, which it describes as “a new initiative aimed at promoting responsible fintech innovation to improve the quality, resiliency...more

CFTC Increases Anti-Retaliation Protections for Whistleblowers

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On May 22, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) amended its whistleblower rules to enhance protections for whistleblowers against retaliation and assert its own authority to bring enforcement...more

The Financial CHOICE Act Is Approved by US House Financial Services Committee

On May 4, the Financial CHOICE Act (the FCA) — which was introduced to the House of Representatives on April 26 by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas-5), and co-sponsored by seven of his Republican colleagues and referred for...more

CFTC Revises Record Keeping Requirements

The CFTC has issued final amendments to Regulation 1.31 which sets forth the form and manner in which all regulatory records must be kept by records entities. “Records entities” are persons required to keep records pursuant...more

CFTC Revises Whistleblower Rule to Enhance Anti-Retaliation Protection

The CFTC has adopted final amendments to its whistleblower rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims....more

CFTC Proposes to Amend Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Report Requirements

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On May 3, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved for publication in the Federal Register proposed amendments to its rules regarding the duties of Chief Compliance Officers (“CCOs”) for swap dealers...more

Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

As the 115th United States Congress is currently in session, a number of bills designed to promote capital raising for companies have been introduced in both the House and the Senate. In the last two months, both the House...more

CFTC Launches FinTech Innovation Initiative “LabCFTC”

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On May 17, 2017, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo announced an “important step forward” in bringing the CFTC’s regulations into the “digital world of the 21st century.” ...more

Senators Send SEC, EPA, Letter On Renewable Fuel Credit Market

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On May 9, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with seven additional Democratic Senators, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the...more

Variation Margin Requirements Relief

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According to the original timetable, the first implementation date in various G20 countries for uncleared over-the-counter ("OTC") derivative variation margin requirements was 1 September 2016 for the largest market...more

Bridging the Week - May 2017 #3

ICE Futures U.S. Settles Disciplinary Actions Against Three Respondents For Alleged Block Trade Violations For US $325,000 Combined Fine - ICE Futures U.S. settled two related disciplinary actions against three persons for...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Proposes to Amend Rules Governing Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Reports for Certain Registrants - On May 3, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

"CFTC Seeks Public Input on Decreasing Burdens of Existing Rules"

On May 3, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted to seek public input on simplifying and modernizing the agency’s rules (Project KISS, 82 Fed. Reg. 21494 (May 9, 2017)). CFTC Acting Chairman J....more

CFTC Proposes to Amend Rules Governing Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Reports for Certain Registrants

On May 3, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it will publish in the Federal Register proposed amendments to Part 3 of its regulations. The proposed amendments would (1) define “senior...more

CFTC Announces Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs

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The US CFTC announced that N. Charles Thornton III has been named the CFTC’s Director of...more

Derivatives In Review - May 2017

CME and LCH Amend Rulebooks on Variation Margin - Market participants historically have characterized cleared derivatives as being "collateralized-to-market", treating variation margin transfers as daily collateral...more

The ‘Way of Compliance' Adds Value Regardless of Who's in the White House

I am astonished there are still so many articles out there advising readers on how to establish the imperative for compliance. Nearly 15 years after the rise of compliance to an officer-level position, with significant...more

CFTC Requests Public Input on Simplifying Rules

The CFTC voted to seek public input on simplifying and modernizing the Commission’s rules. The action is part of an initiative which has been dubbed “Project KISS.”...more

Funds Talk: May 2017 - CFTC Among Regulators Demanding Cybersecurity Vigilance

While the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has garnered significant attention for its increased efforts and focus on regulating and enforcing enhanced cybersecurity measures within the U.S. financial markets, the...more

CFTC Proposes Amendments to Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Reports

The CFTC is proposing to amend its regulations regarding certain duties of chief compliance officers, or CCOs, of swap dealers, major swap participants and futures commission merchants, which are referred to as registrants....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Italy’s Alitalia has filed for bankruptcy yet again, the third filing in less than a decade, and it’s home country looks far less likely to bail out the troubled carrier this time around....more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Enforcement of Exculpatory Clauses

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed the court's enforcement of an exculpatory clause in the context of a Trading Advisory Agreement. Where parties elect to include exculpatory clauses in their contracts, such...more

The SEC’s Long-Awaited Security-Based Swaps Rules May Be Approaching

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The SEC has proposed all of its major Title VII rules regulating the security-based swaps market. The authors discuss the current status of this and related rulemakings, the relief the SEC has granted, and the provisions of...more

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