Commodity Pool

A Commodity Pool is an investment structure or enterprise where funds from a number of participants are combined into a single entity for the purpose of trading futures contracts, options on contracts, retail... more +
A Commodity Pool is an investment structure or enterprise where funds from a number of participants are combined into a single entity for the purpose of trading futures contracts, options on contracts, retail off-exchange forex contracts or swaps, or to invest in another commodity pool.   less -
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Sentinel Decision Prioritizes Protection of Securities and Futures Markets

On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 13-1232, 13-1278 (7th Cir. Mar. 19, 2014), an opinion that reinforces the importance of the portability of investment...more

CFTC to Host Roundtable on Commodity Pool Operator Risk Management Practices

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff will host a public roundtable on March 18 to discuss risk management practices by commodity pool operators, including...more

What To Expect from the Environmental Commodity Markets in 2014

“In the US, there are two regulatory programs that require blenders and refiners to mix a certain percentage of biofuels into their traditional supply of crude oil,” said Brisson. “We’ve seen a number of issues in 2013 with...more

CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards

On February 26, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued Advisory 14-21 to provide futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors, commodity...more

"NFA Requests Comments on Capital Requirements and Additional Customer Protection Measures for CPOs and CTAs"

The National Futures Association (NFA) recently issued a notice requesting comments on the advisability of subjecting registered commodity pool operators (CPOs) and registered commodity trading advisors (CTAs) to minimum...more

NFA Requests Comment on CPO/CTA Requirements

National Futures Association (NFA) has requested comments from its commodity pool operator (CPO) and commodity trading advisor (CTA) members on whether to adopt capital requirements to ensure that CPOs and CTAs have adequate...more

Seventh Circuit Remands to Correct a “Thoroughly Botched” Sentencing for a Fraudulent Commodity Pool Operator

In a case illustrating the complexity of sentencing white collar crimes, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court ordered the resentencing of a commodity pool operator where the district court made a “cascade of...more

NFA Requires Notice Filing from Registered Fund CPOs Reporting on a Consolidated Basis for Registered Fund Pools and Their...

The National Futures Association (the “NFA”) issued Notice to Members I-13-36 (the “NFA Notice”) which is directed at any commodity pool operator (“CPO”) of a registered investment company (a “RIC”) that has filed a notice...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - November 12, 2013

CFTC Proposed Rule on Commodity Pools - On November 5, the CFTC issued a proposed rule that would require that all registered introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors...more

CFTC Proposed Rule on Commodity Pools

On November 5, the CFTC issued a proposed rule that would require that all registered introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) become and remain members of at least one...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

CFTC Adopts New CPO Rules for Registered Investment Companies and Others

Introduction - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently released its long-awaited “Final Rule” to harmonize CFTC disclosure, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements with parallel U.S....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - October 4, 2013

In this issue: - FINRA Proposes Rule to Require Alternative Trading Systems to Report Volume Information and Use Unique Market Participant Identifiers - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Liability...more

National Futures Association Advises Commodity Pool Operators on Prohibited Loans

The National Futures Association (the “NFA”) issued a notice advising its members that amendments to its Compliance Rule 2-45 and a related Interpretive Notice became effective on September 13, 2013. Compliance Rule 2-45...more

CFTC No Action Letter for Controlled Foreign Corporations

On September 5, the CFTC issued a no-action letter to commodity pool operators of registered funds that trade in commodity interest through wholly-owned controlled foreign corporations (CFCs)....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 9, 2013

Agency Template for Tailored Resolution Plans - On September 3, the FDIC and the Fed released an optional model template for tailored resolution plans required to be submitted by the Dodd-Frank Act. SEC Risk...more

Private Fund Update - September 9, 2013

In this issue: - The President - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Private...more

The Impact Of Rule 506(c) On Private Funds And Their Managers Who Are Legally Avoiding Full Registration As Commodity Pool...

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) directed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation or general advertising in any offering of securities...more

CFTC Adopts Final Rules for Commodity Pool Operators of Registered Investment Companies and Amends Rules for All Registered...

On August 22, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) published final rules (the “Final Rules”) intended to harmonize the compliance obligations for investment advisers to investment companies registered...more

Non-U.S. Managers’ Offshore Pools Must Be Looked Through for U.S. Swaps Regulation

Swaps market participants that are not “U.S. persons” may not be subject to the full requirements of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) swaps regulation, depending on with whom they enter into a swap. Also,...more

CFTC Adopts Final Harmonization Rules for Registered Investment Company Advisers Required to Register as CPOs Under Regulation...

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued its final rules (“Final Rules”) applicable to registered investment companies now required to dually register as commodity pool operators (“Dually-Registered...more

CFTC Amends Certain Record Retention and Document Distribution Requirements for All CPOs and CTAs

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted amendments to certain provisions of Part 4 of the CFTC regulations that are applicable to all commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading...more

CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that Are Commodity Pools

In a dramatic change of course, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules that apply a “substituted compliance” approach for disclosure and compliance obligations of registered investment companies...more

Mandatory Clearing of iTraxx CDS Indices for Category 2 Entities Began July 25

The Division of Clearing and Risk of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that commodity pools, private funds (other than active funds) and certain other persons predominantly engaged in banking or financial...more

Advertising Restrictions Apply to Commodity Pools

In prior posts, we have noted that the relaxation of the ban on general solicitation in no way relieves certain registered entities of their obligations to comply with regulations related to advertising or promotional...more

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