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SEC Finds Pre-IPO Transactions Were Unlawful Security-Based Swaps

The SEC announced that Equidate Inc. agreed to settle charges that it violated federal securities laws by failing to register security-based swaps that were offered and sold online to shareholders in pre-IPO companies....more

CFTC Cross-Border Regulatory Update: New Proposal on Cross-Border Swap Transactions and Other Developments

On October 11, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed rule on the Cross-Border Application of the Registration Thresholds and External Business Conduct Standards Applicable to...more

CFTC Expands Interest Rate Swap Clearing Requirements

One of the major goals of the Dodd-Frank Act, enacted in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, was to bring the swaps market under regulation generally and to require that standardized swaps be cleared by a central...more

CFTC Extends Exemptions of RTO Energy Products to Bar Private Rights of Action

The CFTC quelled a controversy that had emerged regarding its proposed exemption of certain specified energy products transacted in Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) by doing a “180” on its proposals that otherwise...more

The Manipulation Standard And A Setback For CFTC

On Sept. 30, 2016, Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York issued an order resolving competing motions for summary judgment in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ongoing action against Donald R....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions - On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Fantasy Stock Picking Contest Deemed by SEC to be Illegal Security-based Swaps

The SEC shut down a “fantasy” stock picking game for allegedly violating securities laws. Forcerank LLC ran contests via mobile phone games where players paid a fee and predicted the order in which 10 securities would perform...more

CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) unanimously approved proposed rules relating to the application of certain swap provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CTFC to...more

Derivatives In Review - October 2016

CFTC Delays Reduction in Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Threshold - On October 13, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved an Order delaying for one year the reduction of the threshold for determining...more

District Court Judge Rejects CFTC Manipulative Intent Standard

On September 30, 2016, Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York issued an order resolving competing motions for summary judgment in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) ongoing action against...more

CFTC Issues Fourth Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) issued a fourth penalty for violations of its Swaps Large Trader Reporting (“Swaps LTR”) rule. This time, the penalty was...more

Was that trader really 'spoofing'? Focus on the statute’s words, not the regulator’s claims

Can trading pursuant to an algorithmic program properly be found to constitute “spoofing” in violation of CEA Section 4c(a)(5)(C): What constitutes “the intent to cancel the bid or offer before execution”? ...more

FERC Staff and PUCT Oppose CFTC Proposal to Permit Private Right of Action for RTO/ISO Transactions

In June, the General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) submitted comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) opposing the CFTC’s...more

CFTC Likely Will Not Move Forward on Controversial Proposal to Allow Private Claims for Fraud and Market Manipulation in...

In May 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed an amendment to a 2013 order concerning regional transmission organization (RTO) and independent system operator (ISO) organized electric markets that...more

CFTC Guidance on FCM and DCO Investments in Money Market Funds

Divisions of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on August 8, 2016 issued letters restricting futures commission merchants (FCMs) and derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) from investing in money market...more

CFTC Proposes Amendments to Whistleblower Awards Process and Anti-Retaliation Authority

The amendments would make the CFTC’s whistleblower awards process more uniform with the SEC’s program and would enable the CFTC to bring enforcement actions against employers that retaliate against whistleblowers....more

CFTC Proposes New Amendments to its Whistleblower Rules

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) has proposed numerous amendments to the Whistleblower Rules found in Part 165 of the CFTC’s Regulations. The Commission seeks to enhance the process...more

Commodity Whistleblowers May Hit the Jackpot: Enhanced Bounty Rules in the Works

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) is proposing amendments to its Dodd-Frank whistleblower regulations to bring them more in line with the SEC’s whistleblower bounty program. This is perhaps not surprising...more

CFTC Proposes to Amend Whistleblower Rules to Provide Anti-Retaliation Enforcement Authority

The CFTC has proposed amendments to its whistleblower rules that reinterpret its anti-retaliation authority and proposes appropriate rule amendments to implement that authority. When the CFTC initially adopted its...more

CFTC Rule 3.10(c)(3): CFTC proposed amendments

On July 27, 2016 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") released proposed amendments to the exemption from registration as an IB, a CTA or a CPO contained in CFTC Rule 3.10(c)(3) that remove the clearing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces Measures to Enhance Protection of Customer Funds - On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three separate enhancements...more

CFTC Announces Measures to Enhance Protection of Customer Funds

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three separate enhancements relating to the protection of customer funds. ...more

"Recent Bills to Amend Dodd-Frank Preview Coming Attractions in Post-Election Congress"

Recently introduced legislation suggests that Republicans and Democrats in post-election Congress will be looking in very different directions on how to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

CFTC Issues $560,000 Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On July 6, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) fined Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) $560,000 for inaccurate large trader reporting of swaps positions. This is the third and largest...more

CFTC Brings Significant Enforcement Action Against Online Cryptocurrency Exchange

The action reflects the CFTC’s expanded jurisdiction and provides further clarity on what constitutes “actual delivery” in cryptocurrency trading. On June 2, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)...more

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