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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

CFTC Fines Bitfinex For Failing To Register and Operating An Illegal Exchange

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), showing continued regulatory interest in digital currency companies, issued an Order and settled charges against Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange Bitfinex. The...more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Supplemental Proposal on Position Limits

On May 26, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed supplement (“Supplemental Proposal”) to its December 2013 proposal to establish position limits on futures and economically...more

Dodd-Frank Implementation Update: Key Differences Between the CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers (SBSDs) and major security-based swap participants (MSBSPs) under Section 15F(h) of the Securities...more

CFTC Proposes to Allow Private Lawsuits for Transactions in RTOs and ISOs

The proposal could create uncertainty for market participants and raise jurisdictional questions about which regulator should police power markets....more

CFTC proposes amendment to the RTO-ISO order: key takeaways

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued a notice of proposed amendment to a 2013 order (the RTO-ISO Order) exempting certain electric energy transactions from various provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA)...more

CFTC Proposes Reversing Course, Granting Private Right of Action in Energy Market Manipulation

Last week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a notice of proposed order and request for comment proposing to allow a private right of action to enforce violations of the anti-manipulation, anti-fraud or...more

CFTC Proposal Invites Private Litigation of RTO Market Manipulation Theories

With its proposed order issued earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) may be making an already complicated landscape governing energy market manipulation even more so. The proposed order (CFTC...more

CFTC Proposes Amendment to RTO-ISO Order

On May 10, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed an amendment (“Proposed Amendment”) to an order it issued on March 28, 2013 (“RTO-ISO Order”), exempting certain electric energy transactions from a...more

CFTC announces its largest whistleblower award to date – key takeaways

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced its third and largest whistleblower award to date – an award of more than $10 million – to a whistleblower who provided information that led to a successful CFTC...more

Derivatives in Review - April 2016

Novo Banco and CDS – A Post-Mortem - The 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions updated the previous set of credit derivatives definitions to, among other things, include a credit event for “Governmental Intervention.”...more

This Is Not a Test: The CFTC Joins the SEC and IRS in Awarding Substantial Whistleblower Bounties

Who can tune out those periodic blaring interruptions to our favorite television programs? This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. In...more

CFTC Announces $10 Million Whistleblower Award, Its Largest Award Yet

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently announced the largest ever award under its Whistleblower Program created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The whistleblower...more

CFTC Awards More than $10 Million to Whistleblower

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced a whistleblower award of more than $10 million. This is only the third whistleblower award that the CFTC has approved since the inception of the...more

CFTC’s Publication of Largest Whistleblower Award Follows Increased Focus on Whistleblowing Initiatives

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced the issuance of a whistleblower award of more than $10 million for original information that it said led to a major enforcement action over...more

CFTC Proposes Guidance Clarifying that Certain Electric Capacity and Natural Gas Peaking Contracts are not “Swaps”

The CFTC has proposed guidance that certain capacity contracts in electric power markets and certain natural gas peaking supply contracts should not be considered “swaps” under the Commodity Exchange Act. The guidance does...more

CFTC Collects $2.69 Million in Spoofing Action

The CFTC announced that a federal court in New York issued a Consent Order imposing a permanent injunction against CFTC Defendants Heet Khara and Nasim Salim, residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), prohibiting them from...more

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee To Hold Public Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC) will hold a public meeting on February 25. Topics to be addressed are: (1) the EEMAC’s report detailing its 2015...more

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

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

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