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Commodity Trading System and Method are Patent Eligible Subject Matter Under 101

In Trading Technologies International, Inc. v. CQG, Inc., CQG LLC, FKA CQGT, LLC., [2016-1616] (January 18, 2017), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a lower court’s holding that the claims of U.S....more

"House Bill to Shake Up CFTC Rulemakings"

Less than two weeks into the new congressional session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 239 to 182 the Commodity End-User Relief Act1 (the Bill or House Bill), marking the first step by the new...more

Obama Administration Issues Changes to Iran Sanctions Regulations That Benefit Exporters of Medicine, Medical Devices and...

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published a number of changes to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR,” 31 C.F.R. Part 560) that expanded the...more

Due Diligence for Energy and Commodity Asset Acquisitions

This alert is the first in a series focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the energy and commodities sector. Over the series, we will examine various issues that arise at key stages of the acquisition and divestment...more

CFTC Adopts Amended Position Limit Aggregation Rules – Action by Asset Managers May Be Required

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) has issued amended aggregation rules for determining compliance with speculative position limits established by the CFTC in futures contracts and options thereon. The...more

Recent major amendments to the antimonopoly legislation

On 1 January 2017, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Competition and State Support to Housing Development” (the Law) came into effect. The...more

Riding the Wave: England as a Hub for Soft Commodities Arbitration

2016 will be recorded in history as a year of great political change. But the commercial consequences of such transformation (good or bad) will be felt this year, including the effects of: the inauguration of Mr Trump as...more

The IRS's Stricter(?) Stance on Regulated Investment Company Investments in Commodities - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 1

While the IRS's Proposed Regulations Are Not Yet Effective, RICs Should Carefully Consider Whether Their Portfolios or Policies Run Afoul of the New Rules. In order for a corporation to qualify as a regulated investment...more

OFAC Expands Iran-Related Authorizations for Medicine, Medical Devices and Agricultural Commodities

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Final Rule amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 560 (ITSR) to expand the...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AIFMD – ESMA Updates Q&As and Re-Visits View of Application of Delegation Rules - ESMA issued updated Q&As on 16 November on AIFMD including two new questions and answers on the cross-border marketing of AIFs, clarifying...more

The Trump Administration: Potential Levers of Regulatory Change Affecting the Commodities Markets

Much has happened since the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States and the return of both houses of Congress to Republican control. The Trump transition team has repeatedly declared its...more

U.S. CFTC Approves a Position Limits Reproposal and Finalizes Aggregation Rules

On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a Reproposal on Position Limits for Derivatives and a Final Rule on Aggregation of Positions. The Position Limits Reproposal would...more

The Trump Administration: Change By Executive Action and Inaction

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in U.S....more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS for the Application of Position Limits to Commodity Derivatives

On December 1, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) in relation to regulatory standards (“RTS“) for the application of position limits to commodity...more

CFTC Finalizes Aggregation of Positions Rule

On December 5, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule amending the requirements to aggregate positions subject to a CFTC-set speculative position limit (“Final Aggregation...more

Bennett Jones Fall 2016 Economic Outlook

This Fall Outlook has four sections. The first section describes the main aspects of the "new normal" of low growth that has prevailed for advanced economies in the last six years of economic recovery. The second section...more

FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Rule and Increased AML Burden

Compliance officers at financial institutions have made great strides in improving Know Your Customer (KYC) programs to focus on knowing their customers as a critical function in combating money laundering. As regulators...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule for Filing Chief Compliance Officer Annual Reports

The CFTC approved a final rule amending a CFTC regulation addressing the timing for filing chief compliance officer annual reports for certain registrants. The final rule amends CFTC regulation 3.3 to provide futures...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Relating to the Treatment by Regulated Investment Companies of Income from Subsidiaries Investing...

The IRS has recently issued Proposed Regulations under Section 851(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Proposed Regulations”), and a Revenue Procedure that address the treatment to regulated investment companies (“RICs”)...more

Not Your Grandmother’s Form 40

A common tool that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) relies upon to conduct market surveillance, including monitoring compliance with position limits, will soon enter the digital age – the...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

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2016

Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Releases Proposed Rule to Modify Capital Plan and Stress Testing Rules - On September 26, 2016, the US Board of...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Federal Reserve Board Seeks New Limits on Bank Activities in Physical Commodities

As a result of both legislative mandates as well as Congressional and public concern, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) has been examining whether to impose new restrictions on the activities of...more

Federal Reserve Proposes Rules Aimed at Banks Owning, Trading and Moving Commodities

On Sept. 23, 2016, the Federal Reserve issued proposed rules that could put pressure on investment banks, such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, to divest certain energy assets and energy trading activities. Over the...more

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