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Agencies Find Weaknesses in Shared National Credits

Credit risk in the Shared National Credit (SNC) portfolio remained at a high level, according to an annual review of large shared credits released November 5 by federal banking agencies. The SNC review has been conducted...more

If It Doesn’t Sell Buckets, Is It Truly A Bucket Shop?

An often overlooked corner of the California Corporations Code is the Bucket Shop Law, Cal. Corp. Code § 29000 et seq. The law quite literally criminalizes the keeping of a bucket shop: "Any person who . . . is the keeper of...more

CFTC Approves NFA Interpretive Notice on Information Systems Security Programs, Including Cybersecurity Guidance

The CFTC recently approved the National Futures Association’s interpretive notice (the “Cybersecurity Notice”) on the general requirements that members should implement for their information systems security programs...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #4

Proposed Automated Trading Rule by CFTC Likely to Follow Already Existing Best Practices; SEC Also Contemplating New Measures - In two speeches last week, Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading...more

ESMA publishes commodities guideline translations

ESMA has published the official translations of its guidelines on commodity derivatives under the current Markets in Financial Instruments Directive....more

Tax Law Alert: Oregon Rulemaking Would Tax Electricity and Gas Sales by Non-Utilities Differently

The Oregon Department of Revenue is considering rulemaking that would affect whether sales to a “contracted point of delivery” in Oregon are taxed by Oregon vs. another state. “Public utilities” would continue to measure...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

Commerce Department Survey of Financial Services Transactions with Foreign Persons Due November 1, 2015

The Commerce Department’s BE-180 Survey of Financial Services Transactions is a mandatory benchmark survey conducted every five years and administered by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”). Reports are required by...more

BEA Reporting Requirements for US Financial Services Providers

The US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) is conducting its 2014 Benchmark Survey of Financial Services Transactions between US Financial Services Providers and Foreign Persons (Form BE-180). This...more

Buyer (and its Creditors) Beware: SemCrude District Court Finds That Purchasers Took Oil and Gas Free and Clear of Producers'...

Although almost eight years have lapsed since the chapter 11 cases of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based SemCrude L.P. were confirmed, many of the issues at the forefront of those cases are re-emerging in light of the recent uptick in oil...more

Crude Oil Swap Licenses: The Top 10 Things Exporters Need to Know

Recent reports that the Obama administration authorized exports of U.S. light crude oil in exchange for imports of Mexican heavy crude have caused a stir in the industry and a fair amount of confusion in the press. The U.S....more

Energy Newsletter - October 2015

FERC Shares Best Practices for Stakeholder Outreach in Gas Project Permitting - The dramatic increase in domestic energy production over the past several years has resulted in the involvement of the Federal Energy...more

ESMA Publishes Final Report and Draft Regulatory and Implementing Technical Standards on MiFID II and MiFIR

On September 28, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report (Report) containing draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (Standards) on the revised EU Markets in Financial...more

Consequential Loss in Energy Commodity Contracts

Energy commodity contracts can be of significant monetary value, and their breach may expose the defaulting counterparty to significant liabilities for contractual damages. In considering potential liabilities, contracting...more

Commenters Weigh in on Proposed Regulations for Determining MLP Qualifying Income

IRS’ proposed MLP regulations generate flurry of specific industry-related comments and spur public hearing. “I’m mad as Hell, and, frankly, I’m not going to take it anymore.” — Paraphrase of concerned citizen and...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

"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

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

CFTC Updates Position Limits Rule

On September 22, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) unanimously approved the publication of a “supplemental” proposed rule on position limits. The supplemental proposal would modify the...more

Mining & Metals: Weathering the storm no more: Mining companies, including the sector's giants, need to act decisively and swiftly...

Will sustained stress unmake the mining & metals markets? A year ago, the first wave of distress in the mining & metals sector provided the industry’s major and mid-size players with something to think and talk about. It...more

CFTC Moves Against Bitcoin Transactions

In the space of just seven days, the CFTC has brought two enforcement actions regarding Bitcoin transactions. Coinflip, Inc. In the first action, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges...more

Bitcoin Week in Review 09.12.15 – 09.18.15

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Competition News September 2015

The French Macron law and the framework of commercial relations - Promulgated on August 6, 2015, the law to promote growth, activity and equal economic opportunity, known as the “Macron law”, provides for a series of...more

BoE announces open forum

BoE has announced an open forum for 11 November for those involved in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities (FICC) markets. The forum’s goal is to discuss the prospects for market functioning, where regulations might...more

Practical guidance on drafting and negotiating commodities contracts: Focus on Chinese counterparties with emphasis on successful...

It is inevitable that some commodity trades end in dispute, particularly in current markets where prices are generally low and have been falling. This may happen in any jurisdiction, although this article focuses on China and...more

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