Commodities Exchange Act Swaps

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CFTC Cross-Border Regulatory Update: New Proposal on Cross-Border Swap Transactions and Other Developments

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

CFTC Expands Interest Rate Swap Clearing Requirements

One of the major goals of the Dodd-Frank Act, enacted in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, was to bring the swaps market under regulation generally and to require that standardized swaps be cleared by a central...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions - On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Derivatives In Review - October 2016

CFTC Delays Reduction in Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Threshold - On October 13, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved an Order delaying for one year the reduction of the threshold for determining...more

CFTC Issues Fourth Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) issued a fourth penalty for violations of its Swaps Large Trader Reporting (“Swaps LTR”) rule. This time, the penalty was...more

CFTC Rule 3.10(c)(3): CFTC proposed amendments

On July 27, 2016 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") released proposed amendments to the exemption from registration as an IB, a CTA or a CPO contained in CFTC Rule 3.10(c)(3) that remove the clearing...more

"Recent Bills to Amend Dodd-Frank Preview Coming Attractions in Post-Election Congress"

Recently introduced legislation suggests that Republicans and Democrats in post-election Congress will be looking in very different directions on how to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

CFTC Issues $560,000 Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On July 6, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) fined Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) $560,000 for inaccurate large trader reporting of swaps positions. This is the third and largest...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

CORPORATE PPAs Market Trends and Opportunities

Corporations have dramatically increased their purchases of renewable energy in recent years. This trend has shifted the traditional power purchase market away from reliance upon utilities, and presents a tremendous growth...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

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

Not a Coin Toss: Regulatory Agencies Bringing Enforcement Actions Against Virtual Currency Start-ups

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the SEC are flexing their regulatory muscles to rein in securities and commodities rules violations by start-up companies in the virtual currency space. On September 17,...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

CFTC Further Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Package Transaction Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has issued CFTC Letter No. 15-55, extending until November 15, 2016, time-limited no-action relief for certain swaps executed as part of a package...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 40

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Price Disclosure Information Standards for Corporate and Agency Debt Securities - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a regulatory notice...more

"CFTC Asserts Jurisdiction in Bitcoin Markets"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently took a series of actions confirming views expressed late last year by CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad that "[d]erivatives contracts based on a virtual currency represent...more

CFTC Zeros in on Large Trader Reporting

On September 17, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ), an Australia-based firm that’s...more

CFTC Takes First Action Against Virtual Currency Options Trading Platform

On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order against San Francisco-based Coinflip and its chief executive officer, Francisco Riordan, to resolve allegations that Coinflip...more

Cryptocurrencies Are Commodities: CFTC’s First Bitcoin Enforcement Action

In the absence of specific CFTC regulations regarding Bitcoin, the order helps clarify the CFTC’s positions on cryptocurrency derivatives. On September 17, 2015, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued...more

CFTC Issues Order of Exemption From Registration as a DCO to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited and Requests Public Comment on a...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order of exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited (ASX). This is the first order that the CFTC has...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

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 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 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

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