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Updated: CFTC Clarifies Regulation of Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

With recent release, the CFTC hopes to eliminate market uncertainty on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality. UPDATE (June 18, 2015): On May 12, 2015, the CFTC adopted the Proposal as proposed (as used...more

The US Government’s Charge Against “Spoofing”

Asset managers should consider the practical implications of these recent developments. Signaling a new area of criminal and civil securities enforcement, federal regulators are flexing their newly acquired powers under...more

CFTC Requests Public Comment on a Petition from ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited for Exemption From Registration as a DCO

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has requested public comment on a petition by ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited for exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO). ...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Clawback From Unsuspecting Recipient of Funds Under Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently upheld the grant of summary judgment for the receiver of a business that was alleged to have participated in a Ponzi scheme, finding that the clawback of funds was...more

Kraft Moves to Dismiss Novel CFTC Manipulation Claim

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 Regulation 180.1 promulgated thereunder. Regulation 180.1 makes...more

CFTC Revises Seven-Part Test for Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On May 18, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final interpretation on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (“Final EVO Interpretation”).1 In the Final EVO...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Order to Exempt Certain SPP Transactions from Regulation Under Most Provisions of the CEA and CFTC Rules

On May 19, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) issued an order in response to an application from Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (“SPP”) proposing to exempt three categories of SPP transactions...more

CFTC Revises Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

In 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an interpretation that identifies the circumstances in which an agreement, contract or transaction would fall within the forward contract exclusions from the “swap” and...more

CFTC Proposes Changes to Trade Option Rules for End Users

The CFTC has proposed several important changes that would alleviate the reporting and recordkeeping obligations of end users with respect to trade options (or provide by rule certain relief currently only available under...more

CFTC to Shift Enforcement Actions to Administrative Courts

The CFTC plans to revive the use of administrative courts to bring enforcement actions for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations, according to recent remarks by Aitan Goelman, Director of the Division...more

Court Finds CFTC RTO/ISO Exemptive Order Bars CEA § 22 Private Right of Action, but More to Come from the CFTC

Can private litigants bring claims under the Commodity Exchange Act alleging manipulation in ERCOT’s energy markets? On February 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas answered “no,” granting...more

CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #4

The CFTC Exercises Expanded Jurisdiction Over Retail Transactions in Physical Commodities. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to add new authority over certain leveraged,...more

CFTC Issues Enforcement Order Regarding "Risk Management" Services and CTA Registration

On, January 16, the CFTC ordered Summit Energy Services, Inc. ("Summit Energy") to pay a $140,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that it violated the Commodity Exchange Act ("CEA") by failing to register as a commodity...more

CFTC Penalizes Energy Company for Failing to Register as a CTA

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently ordered Summit Energy Services, Inc. (“Summit Energy”) to pay a $140,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that it violated the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”). In...more

House Bill Seeks to Limit Certain Provisions of Dodd-Frank

On Jan. 14, 2015, the effort to repeal or amend certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) continued in the heavily Republican House of Representatives with the...more

ICE Futures U.S. Adopts Disruptive Trading Practices Rule

On December 29, 2014, ICE Futures U.S. (ICE) proposed a new rule to prohibit certain disruptive trading practices. The proposed rule broadly prohibits any manipulative or disruptive trading practice as defined by the...more

Congress Exempts Non-Financial End-Users, Their Agents and Certain Cooperatives From Non-Cleared Swap Margin Requirements in...

On January 8, 2015, the U.S. Senate approved legislation, by a 93-4 vote, to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA”). The legislation, dubbed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (the...more

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

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