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CFTC Launches Whistleblower Program’s Website

On January 21, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission launched its Whistleblower Program’s new website, www.whistleblower.gov. The new website has a user-friendly interface to help educate the public regarding the...more

The CFTC, SEC and Market Manipulation

Open market manipulation cases present difficult issues regarding what constitutes market manipulation. Regulators, such as the SEC, CFTC and FERC, tend to focus on the element of intent. Defendants frequently argue that the...more

"CFTC Aims to Lower the Bar on Proving Manipulation in Pending Cases"

In two separate Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) enforcement actions before district courts in New York and Chicago, the CFTC has asked each court to adopt holdings that would significantly enhance the CFTC’s...more

"Bitcoins and the Blockchain: The CFTC Takes Notice of Virtual Currencies"

As interest in bitcoin derivatives has increased, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has turned more of its attention toward virtual currencies. For a little more than a year, at least two trading facilities...more

NFA Revises SD and MSP 4s Review Process

National Futures Association (NFA) has revised its review process for swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) applications under Section 4s of the Commodity Exchange Act. Effective immediately, SDs and MSPs are no...more

Congress Provides Swap Clearing and Margin Exemption for Central Treasury Units

Section 705 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, that was signed by President Obama on December 18, 2015, amends Section 2(h)(7)(D) of the Commodity Exchange Act and the equivalent provision in the Securities...more

Bitcoin: Currency, Property, and Now, Commodity

In September 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and settling charges against a cryptocurrency company for conducting commodity options-related activity without complying with...more

Spoofing Is No Joke: Prosecutors Clamp Down on High-Frequency Traders

On November 3, 2015, an Illinois federal jury convicted Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities trader, of six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of spoofing—entering a buy or sell order with the intent to cancel...more

CFTC Beats Kraft’s Motion to Dismiss on Novel Claim

In the first case of its kind, the CFTC accused Kraft Food Groups, Inc. and former parent Mondelez Global LLC with manipulation pursuant to Section 6(c)(1) of the Commodities Exchange Act and related Regulation 180.1....more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

The Global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP takes great pride in announcing the Fall 2015 edition of The World in US Courts: Orrick’s Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law To Global Business and...more

Not a Coin Toss: Regulatory Agencies Bringing Enforcement Actions Against Virtual Currency Start-ups

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the SEC are flexing their regulatory muscles to rein in securities and commodities rules violations by start-up companies in the virtual currency space. On September 17,...more

Banking Regulators Adopt End-User Exemption for Swap Margin Requirements

New Margin Requirements - The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved a final rule to establish margin requirements for swaps that are not cleared through a clearinghouse. This action is...more

CFTC Further Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Package Transaction Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has issued CFTC Letter No. 15-55, extending until November 15, 2016, time-limited no-action relief for certain swaps executed as part of a package...more

Observation 3.0: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the Volcker Rule and the Implications for Foreign Banks Investing in...

1. Question: What is the Volcker Rule, and when does it take effect? Answer: The Volcker Rule was enacted into law as section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 40

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Price Disclosure Information Standards for Corporate and Agency Debt Securities - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a regulatory notice...more

CFTC Announces to Issue Award of Approximately $290,000 to Whistleblowers

On September 29, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it would issue an award of approximately $290,000 to whistleblowers for providing valuable information about violations of the Commodity Exchange...more

CFTC Makes Second Whistleblower Award

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, announced that it will make an award of approximately $290,000 to a whistleblower for providing valuable information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act....more

"CFTC Asserts Jurisdiction in Bitcoin Markets"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently took a series of actions confirming views expressed late last year by CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad that "[d]erivatives contracts based on a virtual currency represent...more

CFTC Issues Guidance on “Firm or Forced Trades” Process

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Clearing and Risk and Division of Market Oversight have issued guidance to derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) that use a “firm or forced trades” process to...more

CFTC Zeros in on Large Trader Reporting

On September 17, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ), an Australia-based firm that’s...more

3…The Number of Weeks in a Row for Bitcoin Related CFTC Guidance…CFTC Settles With Bitcoin SEF Over Wash Sales / Prearranged...

On September 24th, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) settled charges against TeraExchange LLC, a provisionally registered bitcoin swap execution facility (SEF). The charges stem from a non-deliverable...more

Bitcoin Week in Review 09.19.15 – 09.25.15

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

CFTC Moves Against Bitcoin Transactions

In the space of just seven days, the CFTC has brought two enforcement actions regarding Bitcoin transactions. Coinflip, Inc. In the first action, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges...more

CFTC Takes First Action Against Virtual Currency Options Trading Platform

On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order against San Francisco-based Coinflip and its chief executive officer, Francisco Riordan, to resolve allegations that Coinflip...more

Cryptocurrencies Are Commodities: CFTC’s First Bitcoin Enforcement Action

In the absence of specific CFTC regulations regarding Bitcoin, the order helps clarify the CFTC’s positions on cryptocurrency derivatives. On September 17, 2015, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued...more

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