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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 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’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

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

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

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

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

2015 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2015 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

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 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

"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

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

Lie To Protect Yourself Or Your Employer In CFTC Investigations And You Will Be Punished

Section 753 of the Dodd-Frank Act added a new section to the Commodity Exchange Act to make it unlawful “for any person to make any false or misleading statement of a material fact to the Commission … or to omit to state in...more

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