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The Financial Report - Volume 14, No. 18 - September 2015 (Global)

Casino games are designed with a house advantage. Mathematically, the house advantage is a measure of how much the house expects to win, expressed as a percentage of the player’s wager. The house advantage is the difference...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

Bridging the Week - September 2015

Alleged Flash Crasher's Formal Indictment Provides More Details Regarding His Purported Spoofing - The US Department of Justice filed a formal indictment against Navinder Singh Sarao in a US federal court in Chicago on...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

NFA Announces Effective Date of Enhanced Retail Forex Requirements

On September 1, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to its members announcing the effective date of new requirements for forex dealer members (FDM). As reported in the August 28 edition of the Corporate and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 34

CFTC - CFTC Announces Upcoming Agricultural Advisory Committee Meeting - The CFTC’s Agricultural Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on September 22 to address speculative positions limits for...more

CFTC Approves NFA’s Enhanced Retail Forex Requirements

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has approved amendments to National Futures Association’s (NFA’s) rules and an accompanying interpretive notice governing Forex Dealer Members (FDMs). Specifically, the rule amendments...more

Forex Dealer Members—The Times, They Are A-changing

On January 15, 2015, two days after the Swiss National Bank reaffirmed its commitment to a three-year peg on the franc, and less than a month after stating that the cap was “absolutely central,” and it would continue to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2015

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

Making Bankers Accountable

The Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulatory Authority have recently been showing signs of gearing up for the new regime which is intended to have the effect of making senior bankers and other financial...more

NFA Proposes to Enhance Risk Management, Capital, Collateral and Disclosure Requirements for FDMs

National Futures Association has proposed amendments to NFA Compliance Rule 2-36 and Financial Requirements Sections 11 and 12 and adoption of the Interpretative Notice entitled NFA Compliance Rule 2-36: Risk Management...more

Credit Crunch Digest - May 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the nearly $6 billion Forex settlement between the big banks and various regulatory agencies; a judgment against RBS and Nomura in a mortgage-backed securities lawsuit brought...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015

Non-Recognition of US CCPs as Subject to Equivalent Regulation May Require European-Based Funds to Restrict Trading in US Centrally Cleared Derivatives - An opinion by the European Securities and Markets Authority...more

Forex trading probes: what is the legal position of the individual?

Forex trading cases are back in the headlines after record settlements by a group of banks with UK and U.S. authorities. The best coverage is in the FT....more

Settlement Reached in Forex Lawsuit

For the past few weeks, it has been reported through various outlets that at least five banks were in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FAC) to settle...more

An Eerie Silence

There’s an eerie silence in the world of fraud prosecutions in the UK. A Libor trial is about to start, a FCA land banking prosecution is on trial at Southwark, but with reporting restrictions, and a couple of weeks ago David...more

Two Criminal Investment Fund Fraud Actions

Despite massive publicity and numerous cases by enforcement authorities, investment fund fraud actions continue to be a staple of the SEC, CFTC and the DOJ. In case after case investors are convinced to part with their hard...more

NFA Increases Minimum Security Deposits for Forex Transactions

The Executive Committee of the National Futures Association (NFA) has temporarily increased the minimum security deposits required to be collected and maintained by forex dealer members (FDMs) for foreign exchange...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 4

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DI Related to Resales Under Regulation S - SEC Announces Proxy Voting Roundtable - CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief From Certain...more

"United Kingdom: The SFO Focuses on Corporate Fraud and Corruption"

Once the subject of speculation regarding its possible consolidation with other agencies, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had an exceedingly busy 2014, with all signs suggesting that it will continue its aggressive enforcement...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 2 • January 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, several of the world’s largest banks and brokerage firms lost hundreds of millions of dollars when the Swiss franc surged suddenly and surprisingly against the euro. It is eerily...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 3

In this issue: - SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals - SEC Comments on FINRA's Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure - CFTC Grants...more

Credit Crunch Digest - November 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent forex settlement agreements; rate-swapping claims in a Libor consolidated action; Bank of Tokyo’s $315 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial...more

FCA Enforcement Performance: Part 2 – The Forex Effect

Only a couple of weeks ago I was commenting on a NERA report that had found that in the period between April 2012 and October 2014 the FCA had imposed fines of over £1bn, in sharp contrast to the preceding decade during which...more

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