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Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

PROMESA Shields Puerto Rico Behind a New Automatic Stay

On June 30, 2016, President Obama signed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) into law. The most significant portions of PROMESA are found in titles I and II, which establish an...more

The potential impact of Brexit on the EU Emission Trading System and future UK climate policy

Through the referendum held on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to end its membership of the EU. Although the timeframe for withdrawal under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty limits the window for negotiations to two...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.20.16

Here’s a sign of the times, or at least, the changing tenor of banking in America. After years of exclusivity that saw it refusing customers with less than $10 million on hand, Goldman Sachs is opening itself up to common...more

CFTC Collects $2.69 Million in Spoofing Action

The CFTC announced that a federal court in New York issued a Consent Order imposing a permanent injunction against CFTC Defendants Heet Khara and Nasim Salim, residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), prohibiting them from...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.25.16

Japan’s Sharp Corp.—a 103-year-old company that’s progressed from mechanical pencils (“Ever-SHARP”) to calculators to LCD TVs—has surprised many by agreeing to a $6.24 billion takeover offer from Taiwan’s Foxconn (best known...more

SDNY Dismisses Silver Monopolization Lawsuit but Leaves Door Open for Future Antitrust Suits Concerning Manipulations in the...

On January 12, 2016, Judge Engelmayer of the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit against JP Morgan which alleged the bank (and some of its subsidiaries) monopolized silver futures spread trading in late 2010 and...more

CFTC Brings First Ever Charges for Insider Trading in Commodities

The CFTC issued an Order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Arya Motazedi for engaging in fraudulent transactions in the New York Mercantile Exchange’s (NYMEX) RBOB Gasoline Physical futures contract and CL...more

Draft Derivatives Laws Issued for the Canadian Cooperative System Harmonize Divergent Provincial Approaches

Draft derivatives regulations and a revised draft of the uniform Capital Markets Act (CMA) were issued in August 2015 as part of the process to implement the new Cooperative Capital Market Regulatory System (Cooperative...more

National Futures Association Issues Updated Self-Examination Questionnaire

The National Futures Association (NFA) has updated the Self-Examination Questionnaire that all NFA members must complete annually. The revised questionnaire incorporates recent changes to NFA rules and Commodity Futures...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

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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Announces Proposal to Amend the Definition of "Material Terms" - On September 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division announced that it will publish in the Federal Register a proposed amendment to...more

FCA Publishes New Market Watch Focusing on Commodities Traders and Market Abuse

On September 3, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published issue 49 of Market Watch, its newsletter on market conduct and transaction reporting issues. In it, the FCA sets out its findings following a thematic review it...more

Bitcoin Week in Review: 09.04.15 – 09.11.15

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

CFTC/SEC Jurisdictional Battle Heats Up Over Dividend Indices

The CFTC recently approved a futures contract on a dividend index as a non-security based index futures contract over the SEC’s objection that the dividend index contract could be a security future; the CFTC’s actions may...more

BP Case May Again Test Limits of FERC’s “In Connection With” Enforcement Jurisdiction

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Law Judge last week issued an Initial Decision finding that BP America (BP) and certain related BP entities violated FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule. Following a...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2015 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

CFTC Extends Comment Period on ICE Futures Rule Certification

The Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, at the request of ICE Futures U.S., has granted a 45-day extension of the public comment period with respect to its proposed amendments to certain...more

CFTC Requests Public Comment on Rule Amendment Certification Filing by Ice Futures

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is requesting public comment on a certification of proposed rule amendments that were filed by ICE Futures U.S. Inc. Under the amendments, ICE Futures would base position limits...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #2

Alleged Fictitious Sales to Facilitate Improper Money Pass Prompts CFTC Injunctive Action and Asset Freeze: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Illinois against Yumin Li and Kering...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 Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 9 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Securities and investment advisory services offered through . . . That phrase is ubiquitous among small and “independent” financial services firms, regularly appearing in 6-point or...more

Hedging Oil & Gas Production

The recent, dramatic decline in the price of oil illustrates the risk that every oil and gas producer has to declining energy commodity prices. This paper discusses various methods for “hedging” or reducing price risk. In...more

CFTC Pushes Dodd-Frank Boundaries With Manipulation Case

In the first case of its kind, the CFTC has 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...more

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