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CFTC and SEC Propose Interpretation Concerning Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On November 13, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved for publication in the Federal Register a proposed interpretation clarifying the CFTC’s...more

CFTC Provides Relief from the Clearing Requirement for Swaps Entered into by Eligible Treasury Affiliates

On November 26, CFTC issued a no-action letter providing additional relief for eligible treasury affiliates that enter into swaps that are subject to the clearing requirement in section 2(h)(1) of the Commodity Exchange Act...more

CFTC Gives Treasury Affiliates More Relief From Clearing Requirements

The CFTC issued a no-action letter providing further relief for eligible treasury affiliates that enter into swaps that are subject to the clearing requirement in section 2(h)(1) of the Commodity Exchange Act, or CEA, and...more

CFTC Issues Further Relief for Package Transactions

The Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an extension of no-action relief for swap execution facilities (SEFs), designated contract markets (DCMs) and swap counterparties...more

CFTC Staff Issues Self-Executing Registration Relief for Certain Delegating CPOs

On October 15, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) staff issued Letter 14-126 (the “October Letter”), which provides self-executing registration relief to a commodity pool operator (“CPO”) of a fund that...more

CFTC Settles Fraudulent Trading Violations with Forex Trader

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission accepted an offer of settlement submitted by the owner of Peak Capital Group, Inc., Scott Beatty, in anticipation of an administrative proceeding resulting from Beatty’s alleged...more

Update to New CME Rule on Disruptive Trading Practices Summary Chart

On August 28, 2014, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc., and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. (collectively, the “CME”) submitted a notice of a...more

CFTC Settles Prearranged Trades Violation with Foreign Bank

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently accepted an offer of settlement submitted by FirstRand Bank, Ltd. in anticipation of an administrative proceeding resulting from FirstRand’s alleged violations of the...more

CFTC Seeks Comment on ICE Clear Europe Portfolio Margining Proposal

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has requested public comment on a petition submitted by ICE Clear Europe Limited to amend an order issued by the CFTC on May 30...more

CFTC Provides Relief Regarding Package Transactions

On May 1, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Divisions of Market Oversight and Clearing and Risk (Divisions) issued No-Action Letter No. 14-62 extending relief previously granted to market participants, swap execution...more

"CFTC Deadlines Approach for Swap Dealer Margin Segregation Notifications and Buy-Side Responses"

Market participants that enter into uncleared swaps should expect to receive notifications from swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) counterparties regarding segregation of initial margin for swaps. Dodd-Frank...more

CFTC Requests Public Comment on ICE Swap Trade Packaged Transaction Rule

ICE Swap Trade, LLC, a swap execution facility temporarily registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, recently self-certified amendments to its rules (ICE Rules) to allow market participants to execute...more

Sentinel Decision Prioritizes Protection of Securities and Futures Markets

On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 13-1232, 13-1278 (7th Cir. Mar. 19, 2014), an opinion that reinforces the importance of the portability of investment...more

CFTC Certifies Available-to-Trade Determinations

In October, TW SEF LLC (TW SEF) and MarketAxess SEF Corporation submitted self-certified determinations that certain interest rate and credit default swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity...more

CFTC Again Charges Civil Perjury – This Time for Statements Made in an Off-the-Record Interview

On January 2, 2014, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ordered a Russian foreign national to pay a $250,000 civil penalty for making false and misleading statements to CFTC staff in an interview during an...more

CFTC Allows Non-U.S. Entities to Comply with Home Jurisdiction Swap Requirements in Lieu of Certain U.S. Regulations

The CFTC has determined that certain entity-level swap requirements of six non-U.S. jurisdictions are generally “comparable” to those of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulatory regime. ...more

FERC And CFTC Reach Agreement On Information Sharing And Jurisdiction

After a fair amount of back-channel arm-twisting, the two agencies with principal (and sometimes overlapping) jurisdiction over energy commodities have reached agreement on two memoranda of understanding (“MOUs”) required by...more

CFTC Faces Court Challenge to Cross-Border Guidance

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”), International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”), and Institute of International Bankers (“IIB”) filed a suit against the CFTC in the U.S. District...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

Trade Associations File Lawsuit Over CFTC’s Cross-Border Guidance

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. and the Institute of International Bankers (collectively, Trade Associations) filed a complaint challenging...more

Second Recent CFTC “Banging The Close” Case Results In Various CEA Violations, Fines, Trading Bans

On November 25, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) settled with Daniel Shak and SHK Management LLC (collectively Respondents) for violating the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). ...more

CFTC Issues Revised Position Limits Rule Proposal and Proposes Related Aggregation Standards

The CFTC voted on Tuesday to propose a new position limits rule that would establish limits on speculative positions in physical commodity futures contracts. The CFTC’s previous position limits rule was vacated last year by...more

"CFTC Expands Large Trader Reporting and Increases Customer Account Protection Requirements"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) recently adopted several rules to improve large trader reporting, facilitate segregation of customer swap margin and enhance customer protections for futures and...more

CFTC Adopts Rules for Segregation of Initial Margin for Uncleared Swaps

On October 31, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted final rules with respect to the segregation of initial margin for uncleared swaps. The rules impose new obligations on swap dealers (SDs) and major swap...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The CFTC

CFTC Proposes New Position Limit Rules - On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) proposed two sets of position limit related rules pursuant to Section 4a of the Commodity...more

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