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Commodities Futures Trading Commission Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

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 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 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

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

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

The Financial CHOICE Act 2.0, Legislative Text Revealed

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 19, 2017, House Financial Services Committee (“HFSC”) Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released an updated version of the Financial CHOICE Act (“FCA 2.0”), a discussion draft that would reform the Dodd–Frank Wall...more

CFTC Chief Announces Initiative to Simplify CFTC Regulation

On March 15, 2017, while speaking at the Annual International Futures Industry Conference, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the acting chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and President Donald Trump’s nominee...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

Uncertain Times

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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

Documentation for the New Swap Margin Rules and Thoughts for the Buy Side and End Users

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Because of the implementation of new regulatory requirements relating to both variation and initial margin for swaps, swap documentation for many market participants is about to become much more complicated....more

All Financial Regulation in the U.S. Now Subject to Review under February 3, 2017 Executive Order Issued by the President

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Hours after the inauguration of President Trump, the White House issued a memorandum which imposed a 90-day delay on regulations which had not yet taken effect. As far as existing financial services law and...more

U.S. CFTC Enforcement Considerations for 2017

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Change is in the air and the political landscape may significantly affect the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s enforcement agenda. Last month, Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo rose to the position of Acting...more

"Reform, Not Repeal, Likely for US Swaps Regulations"

Swaps transactions, virtually unregulated before the 2008 financial crisis, are regulated in the U.S. under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Title VII empowers the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), for most swaps,...more

CFTC Has Banner Year For Enforcement Actions in FY2016

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently released its enforcement results for fiscal year 2016. In FY 2016, the CFTC filed 68 enforcement actions and obtained restitution, disgorgement and penalty orders...more

The Trump Administration: President Trump Issues Executive Actions on Dodd-Frank and the DOL Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed two executive actions intended to provide a framework for scaling back the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) and rescinding or revising the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule.”...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

2016 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

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Welcome to the 2016 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this Report is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive...more

ML Strategies Update on Financial Services

Introduction - The financial services industry is poised to receive some regulatory relief from an unlikely source: President-elect Donald J. Trump. On the campaign trail, Trump often sounded like a populist crusader...more

Whistleblower Conference Agenda Sizzles with Hot Topics

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2016 was more than simply the most robust year in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement. It was also a record year in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower awards and additionally the year the SEC...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

"House Bill to Shake Up CFTC Rulemakings"

Less than two weeks into the new congressional session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 239 to 182 the Commodity End-User Relief Act1 (the Bill or House Bill), marking the first step by the new...more

U.S. CFTC Enforcement: Key Compliance Takeaways From 2016

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In 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought several significant enforcement actions involving computerized robo-advisors, recordkeeping and reporting requirements, insider trading, spoofing, market...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Reproposes Position Limits Rule and Finalizes Aggregate Positions Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted unanimously to repropose regulations implementing limits on speculative futures and swaps positions as called for in the Dodd-Frank Act. In a separate vote, the CFTC approved...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Proposes Rule Establishing Minimum Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The CFTC issued a proposed rule establishing minimum capital requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants. As required by section 731 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the rules...more

The Trump Administration: Potential Levers of Regulatory Change Affecting the Commodities Markets

Much has happened since the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States and the return of both houses of Congress to Republican control. The Trump transition team has repeatedly declared its...more

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