Commodities Futures Trading Commission No-Action Letters

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 Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements

On April 7, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued CFTC No-Action Letter No. 14-45, extending to June 30 the relief previously granted in CFTC No-Action...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to FCMs Relating to Enhanced Customer Protection Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two no-action letters granting relief to futures commission merchants (FCMs) from certain requirements of the...more

Open for Business: SEFs Navigate the New Regulatory Environment  [Video]

Swap execution facilities (SEFs) were given life by the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires over-the counter (OTC) swaps to be cleared and traded on this new type of regulated platform. The CFTC published its final SEF rules in...more

CFTC Extends Relief from Oral Communication Recording Requirement

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and the Division of Market Oversight issued No-Action Letter No. 13-77, which extends the oral communications recording compliance...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 1

In this issue: - FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter for 2014 - CFTC Makes Comparability Determinations for Substituted Compliance Purposes - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from...more

CFTC Issues Time-Limited No-Action Letter on Transaction-Level Requirements in Certain Cross-Border Situations

On November 26, the CFTC issued a time-limited no-action letter that provides relief to swap dealers registered with the CFTC that are established under the laws of jurisdictions other than the United States from certain...more

Private Fund Update - December 2, 2013

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - The Administration - Private Equity Growth Capital Council...more

CFTC Provides Relief for Intended-to-Be-Cleared Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight has issued No-Action Letter 13-70 providing relief to swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) from (1) trading...more

NFA Requires Notice Filing from Registered Fund CPOs Reporting on a Consolidated Basis for Registered Fund Pools and Their...

The National Futures Association (the “NFA”) issued Notice to Members I-13-36 (the “NFA Notice”) which is directed at any commodity pool operator (“CPO”) of a registered investment company (a “RIC”) that has filed a notice...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swap Execution Facilities

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff released several no-action letters impacting swap execution facilities (SEFs) and their participants. These no-action letters are related to swap data reporting requirements, SEF...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - October 4, 2013

In this issue: - FINRA Proposes Rule to Require Alternative Trading Systems to Report Volume Information and Use Unique Market Participant Identifiers - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Liability...more

CFTC No Action Letter for Controlled Foreign Corporations

On September 5, the CFTC issued a no-action letter to commodity pool operators of registered funds that trade in commodity interest through wholly-owned controlled foreign corporations (CFCs)....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 9, 2013

Agency Template for Tailored Resolution Plans - On September 3, the FDIC and the Fed released an optional model template for tailored resolution plans required to be submitted by the Dodd-Frank Act. SEC Risk...more

CFTC Issues Extension of Time-Limited No-Action Relief to Cooperatives

The Division of Clearing and Risk of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has extended the expiration date for relief granted in an earlier no-action letter from the swap clearing requirement under Section 2(h) of the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 26, 2013

In this issue: - District Court Rejects Challenge to SEC Conflict Minerals Rule - Mandatory Clearing of iTraxx CDS Indices for Category 2 Entities Began July 25 - CFTC Issues Extension of Time-Limited...more

CFTC Extends Deadline to Comply with Certain Trading Documentation Requirements Under Dodd-Frank for Corporate End-Users of...

In late June 2013, the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a no-action letter extending the period for certain corporate end-users of foreign exchange (FX) derivative transactions to comply with the trading...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - June 28, 2013

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds Forum Selection Provisions in Bylaws - CFTC Issues No-Action Letters - Portfolio Reconciliation and Swap Trading Relationship Documentation Requirements...more

CFTC Temporary No-Action Relief for Transition to SEF Rules

On June 17, the CFTC Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter providing temporary relief to entities that have been operating pre-Dodd-Frank Act trading platforms....more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transactions and Trading Platforms

On June 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight extended the no-action relief it previously granted to any person or entity offering, entering into, or rendering advice or services with...more

CFTC No-Action Relief

On June 4, the CFTC issued a no-action letter providing relief from the clearing requirement for swaps entered into by eligible treasury affiliates....more

CFTC Staff Issues New and Extends Current No-Action Relief

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently released two no-action letters (i) extending relief provided to futures commission merchants (FCMs) relating to risk-based limits for bunched orders and (ii) providing relief...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - June 7, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues FAQs on Conflict Minerals and Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers - Delaware Chancery Court Applies Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with Controlling...more

CFTC Approves Final Regulations Governing Clearing Exemption for Swaps Between Certain Affiliated Entities and Provides No-Action...

On April 1, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved a final rule (Regulation 50.52) exempting swaps between certain affiliated entities from the clearing requirements of the Commodity Exchange Act...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff recently released two no-action letters providing relief relating to the application of business conduct standards to prime brokers and swap dealers and disclosure of pre-trade...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - May 3, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues Proposal Regarding Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities - CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters - Delaware Court Dismisses Securities Fraud Action Against Power Plant...more

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