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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Bridging the Week - March 2017 #3

CFTC Chairman Nominee Warns of Tough Love to Come: KISS But Also Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement: In a speech last week before an assembly of industry executives at FIA’s annual Boca Raton conference, J. Christopher...more

Is it Time to Streamline Financial Regulation?

A March 13, 2017 presidential order requiring a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch could be the first step toward streamlining the financial regulatory structure. The Executive Order requires the...more

Acting (and Potentially Permanent) CFTC Chairman Warns of “Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement Action by the CFTC Under the Trump...

In remarks before the International Futures Industry Conference, Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo—who was just nominated by President Trump to be permanent Chairman—talked about the future of the Commodity Futures...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

As anticipated (and hinted-at forcefully by its officials), the Fed raised the benchmark interest rate yesterday to a range nearing 1 percent, a move that signals the slow end to the body’s nine-year stimulus effort....more

SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF Proposal Citing Lack of Regulation

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC“) issued an order disapproving BATS BZX Exchange’s proposal to list and trade shares of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. The proposal, if granted, would have...more

US and EU Regulators Provide Relief for Compliance with Variation Margin Requirements

The CFTC, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have taken action to extend the period during which Swap Dealers can comply with the requirement to post and collect variation margin under...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Provides Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Aggregation Notice Filings for Position Limits

The CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter stating that, from February 14, 2017 to August 14, 2017, it will not recommend an enforcement action for failure to file a notice when relying on...more

Regulators Prepare for Innovation in Distributed Ledger Technology

Regulators across the globe are considering how existing regulations may accommodate the development of new distributed ledger technologies (“DLT”) (also known as “blockchain”). In just the first two months of 2017, the U.S....more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues Time-Limited No-Action Transition for March 1, 2017 Compliance Date for Variation...

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a time-limited no-action letter (CFTC staff letter 17-11) which provides that, from March 1, 2017 to September 1,...more

CFTC Proposes Updated Recordkeeping Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) recently proposed certain amendments to Regulation 1.31 (“§1.31”), which sets forth requirements for records required to be kept under the Commodity Exchange Act (the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Indicates Willingness to Help Incubate Fintech - On February 21, 2017, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC"), has diverged from other U.S. federal...more

The Federal Reserve and OCC Guidance Regarding Initial Examinations for Compliance with Variation Margin Rules for Non-Cleared...

Last week the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC” and, collectively with the Federal Reserve, the “Banking Agencies”) released...more

Derivatives: Non-Cleared Swaps Variation Margin Update – Limited Relaxed Enforcement by the CFTC, Prudential Regulators and...

Recently, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the U.S. Prudential Regulators and the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs”) have offered limited relief from or guidance for relaxed enforcement of...more

Update: Prudential Regulators Delay Compliance Deadline for New Swap Margin Rules

If you have been following our alerts on the pending deadlines (and the delays of these deadlines by certain regulators) of the new swap variation margin rules (New Swap Margin Rules) that were due to go into effect on March...more

"Regulators Provide Some Flexibility on the Swaps Variation Margin Compliance Deadline"

On February 23, 2017, U.S. federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators), European regulators and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued statements clarifying their expectations on...more

European Regulators to Take Risk-Based Approach to Variation Margin Compliance

On February 23, 2017, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) announced that neither the ESAs nor competent authorities (CAs) would provide over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives dealers subject to European Market...more

CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Issues Time-Limited No-Action Transition for March 1, 2017 Compliance...

On February 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) announced that, between March 1, 2017 and September 1, 2017, it would “not recommend an enforcement action against a swap dealer (SD) for...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - New York Department of Financial Services Promulgates First-in-the-Nation State Cybersecurity Regulation - On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Institutions...more

CPOs of Registered Investment Companies Granted Limited Relief from CFTC Liquidation Audit Requirements

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) recently issued Letter 17-04 (the “Letter”), which grants relief from certain financial disclosure...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

CFTC Implements Phase-in Period for New Variation Margin Requirements

On February 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued time-limited no-action relief providing a six-month grace period for certain swap dealers to come into compliance with the variation margin...more

Uncertain Times

President Donald Trump may have his sights set on deregulation but a full repeal of title VII looks unlikely - One might think that the stated intention of US president-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in the US...more

CFTC Issues Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Aggregation Notice Filings for Position Limits

On February 6, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter providing relief for notice filing failures that relied on certain aggregation...more

Update: CFTC Delays Compliance Deadline for New Swap Margin Rules

Although the letter technically does not delay the effective date of March 1, 2017, from the perspective of the buy side, the letter functions as a “grace period,” and the compliance date has been moved to September 1, 2017....more

CFTC Releases New Enforcement Cooperation Guidelines

The agency’s updated advisory for companies and first-ever guidance for individuals shed additional light on its approach for recognizing cooperation. On January 19, 2017, the Division of Enforcement (Division) of the...more

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