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What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

SEC Enforcement Action Involving Initial Coin Offering Muddies Jurisdictional Waters

by Reed Smith on

Digital assets, popularly referred to as “cryptocurrencies,” “coins,” and “tokens,” continue to provoke regulatory attention and create discord among regulators. Recent actions by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

CFTC Case Updates: Settlement Highlights Agency’s New Premium on Cooperation; 7th Circuit Upholds Criminal Spoofing Conviction

On August 7, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) announced a settlement for a civil penalty of $600,000 with the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) for alleged spoofing violations, with...more

National Futures Association Simplifies Section 4s Submission and Review Process for Swap Dealer Registration

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On July 24, 2017, the National Futures Association (“NFA”) adopted measures to streamline the process for registration of swap dealers pursuant to Section 4s of the Commodity Exchange Act. Previously, entities seeking to...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Staff Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief on the Applicability of Transaction-Level...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Divisions of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), Clearing and Risk, and Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter providing relief to certain...more

Southern District Decision Dismisses Commodity Exchange Act Claims Based on Morrison

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging, among other claims, that a large number of entities and individuals in the market for producing, refining and...more

CFTC Modernizes Recordkeeping Standards

On May 30, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules to amend its existing regulation 1.31 (Regulation 1.31). Regulation 1.31 sets forth the form and manner in which all records retained in...more

An Overview of the CFTC’s Modernized Recordkeeping Requirements

by Reed Smith on

On May 23, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a revamped CFTC Rule 1.31, which specifies the form and manner that records must be kept by commodities market participants, and a slight...more

7th Circuit Discusses Equitable Tolling

Seeking regulatory relief from even an exotic statute like the the Commodity Exchange Act requires adherence to the relevant provisions of the law. Failure to comply with, for example, a provision governing timely pursuing a...more

CFTC Amends Recordkeeping Requirements

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 23, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) adopted amendments to its general regulations regarding the retention and production of regulatory records, which are set forth in CFTC...more

CFTC Modernizes Record-Keeping Rule

On May 30, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) published final rule changes that substantially revise Rule 1.31 (Revised Rule) to modernize record-keeping obligations for any person required by...more

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

by WilmerHale on

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

CFTC Revises Record Keeping Requirements

The CFTC has issued final amendments to Regulation 1.31 which sets forth the form and manner in which all regulatory records must be kept by records entities. “Records entities” are persons required to keep records pursuant...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Spring 2017

Cases discussed in this issue - Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/Act of State Doctrine - Court of Appeals Considers US...more

CFTC Revises Whistleblower Rule to Enhance Anti-Retaliation Protection

The CFTC has adopted final amendments to its whistleblower rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims....more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

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

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

U.S. CFTC Enforcement Considerations for 2017

by Reed Smith on

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

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Enforcement Division Issues Advisories on Cooperation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement issued two new Enforcement Advisories outlining the factors the Enforcement Division will consider in evaluating cooperation by individuals and companies...more

The Supreme Court May Review Whether Regulatory Enforcement Actions Seeking Disgorgement are Subject to a Five-Year Statute of...

Federal regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), have the authority to impose...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Extends No-Action Relief

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The CFTC extended the relief granted under No-Action Letters 15-62 and 15-63 until December 31, 2017. The extended no-action relief in CFTC Letter No. 16-80 exempts inter-affiliate swaps from the trade execution requirement...more

U.S. CFTC Approves a Position Limits Reproposal and Finalizes Aggregation Rules

by Reed Smith on

On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a Reproposal on Position Limits for Derivatives and a Final Rule on Aggregation of Positions. The Position Limits Reproposal would...more

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

by Reed Smith on

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

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