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"Bitcoins and the Blockchain: The CFTC Takes Notice of Virtual Currencies"

As interest in bitcoin derivatives has increased, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has turned more of its attention toward virtual currencies. For a little more than a year, at least two trading facilities...more

"CFTC Proposes Regulation AT for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed new rules — Regulation Automated Trading (Regulation AT) — that would impose new and potentially burdensome risk and compliance controls on any person engaged in...more

"Basel III Leverage Ratio Could Undermine Efforts to Address Systemic Risk in Derivatives Markets"

Following the 2008 financial crisis, regulators across the globe have pondered how to ameliorate systemic risk in derivatives markets. At the 2009 G-20 summit, international regulators committed to address this risk through...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 2

BROKER-DEALER - 2016 Examination Priorities Announced By SEC - On January 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission released the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2016 examination...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 1 January 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis Richard Ketchum, Chairman and CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, announced in FINRA’s 11th annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter, published earlier this week, that...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Investment Management Division Director Address to Investment Company Institute - Division Director David Grim addressed the ICI on December 16, 2015. In his remarks, Grim noted 2015 was the 75th...more

Bridging the Week - December 2015 #2

SEC Considers New Rule to Restrict Use of Derivatives by Investment Companies: The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a new rule aimed at limiting the leverage registered investment companies could obtain...more

Dodd-Frank 5 Years Later: Where Are We Now? Derivatives Regulation for Asset Managers

Assessing the practical implications of derivatives regulations for investment advisers and investment funds of: position limits and aggregation rules, uncleared swaps margin rules, etc. Since the enactment of the...more

"Prudential Regulators Finalize Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Swaps"

Federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators) have finalized much-anticipated rules (Final Rules) relating to initial and variation margin requirements for certain swaps and security-based swaps that are not centrally...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 20 - October 2015 (Global)

Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a 41-page report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends. The report aggregates data supplied by more than 2,600 private fund advisers on Form...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 39

SEC/CORPORATE - House Passes Disclosure Modification and “4(a)(1)(1/2)” Bills - On October 6, the US House of Representatives passed the Disclosure Modification and Simplification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1525), which, if...more

New CFTC Cybersecurity Standards Are Coming Soon

On September 29, 2015, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Timothy Massad delivered a “State of the Derivatives Marketplace” speech before the 3rd Annual OTC Derivative Summit North America. The speech...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...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

New 871(m) Regulations Finalize Dividend Equivalent Payment Withholding Rules for Equity Derivatives

On September 17, 2015, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (collectively, the “new regulations”) that provide the rules for...more

CFTC Issues Guidance on “Firm or Forced Trades” Process

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Clearing and Risk and Division of Market Oversight have issued guidance to derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) that use a “firm or forced trades” process to...more

CFTC Proposes Supplement to Aggregation Proposed Rules for Position Limits

On September 22, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued for public comment a supplement (the “Supplemental Aggregation Proposal”) to its proposed aggregation rules for position limits for related...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 37

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Makes Recommendations - On September 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (Advisory...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

Bridging the Week - September 2015 #2

CFTC Says Virtual Currencies Are a “Commodity” Under Federal Law, Files Charges Against Coinflip for Operating an Unregistered Bitcoin Options Trading Platform - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 36

BROKER-DEALER SEC - Extends Specified Temporary Relief Related to Security-Based Swaps - On September 15, the SEC issued an order extending temporary exemptions and exceptions from compliance with certain...more

CFTC Brings First Enforcement Action Against Unregistered Bitcoin Options Trading Platform

On September 17th, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced an enforcement order and settlement against an unregistered bitcoin options trading platform. The order is notable for six reasons: 1) It is...more

"CFTC Extends Registered Futures Association Membership Requirement to Introducing Brokers, Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule (“Final Rule”) that formally extends the existing registered futures association (“RFA”) membership requirement to registered introducing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Potential Damages in RMBS Suit Against WMC Mortgage Drastically Reduced - On August 18, Judge Denise Cote of the federal district court for the Southern District of New York addressed the appropriate measure of potential...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #5

Charles Schwab Fined US $2 Million by FINRA for Net Capital Deficiencies: Charles Schwab & Co. agreed to pay US $2 million to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to resolve allegations that it had net capital...more

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