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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 29

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements - CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE...more

NFA Proposes Interpretive Notice Prohibiting the Use of Credit Cards to Fund Retail Forex or Futures Trading Accounts

National Futures Association (NFA) has proposed an Interpretive Notice that would prohibit NFA members from allowing customers to fund their retail forex or futures trading accounts with credit cards. NFA believes that the...more

Dodd-Frank News: May 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES ..Preemption ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation ..CFTC Regulation of Retail Commodity Transactions ..Durbin Amendment ..Appraiser Disclosure Requirements Under...more

Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approval Chart April 16, 2014

Attached please find the updated Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals Chart, current as of April 16, 2014. All prior versions are superseded and should be discarded. Please note the following developments...more

CFTC Staff Provides Guidance on Auditor Independence Requirements Under FCM Customer Protection Rules

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) issued an interpretive letter regarding the auditor independence standards included in CFTC Regulation 1.16, specifically as it applies to...more

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

Time-Limited No-Action Relief From Compliance With Certain Conditions Associated With the Receipt of Customer Funds by Futures...

On January 10, 2014, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ("CFTC") Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the "Division") issued a time-limited no-action letter in response to a letter sent on behalf of...more

First MAT Determinations Are Deemed Certified

In October 2013, Javelin SEF, LLC (Javelin) and trueEX, LLC (trueEX) self-certified their determinations that certain interest rate swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and...more

CFTC Proposes New Position Limits for Futures, Options, and Swaps and Amended Aggregation Requirements

Introduction - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has proposed a comprehensive set of regulations imposing speculative position limits on exchange-traded futures and options contracts and...more

CFTC Issues Advisory Concerning Commodity Trading Advisors and Swaps

On December 23, CFTC provided guidance regarding requirements imposed on commodity trading advisors (CTAs) resulting from Dodd-Frank on the potential new advisory obligations of CTAs....more

CFTC Re-Proposes Speculative Position Limit Rules For Futures, Options And Swaps On Physical Commodities

On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted 3-1 to re-propose rules to establish speculative position limits for futures, options and economically equivalent swaps on certain agricultural, metal...more

Futures Industry Releases Insurance Study

On November 15, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Futures Industry Association, Institute for Financial Markets, and National Futures Association released a study on the economic feasibility of adopting an insurance...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume VIII, Issue 45

In this issue: - SEC Chair Mary Jo White Outlines Potential Changes to “Accredited Investor” Definition - CFTC Issues Final Rules for Systemically Important Derivatives Clearing Organizations - CFTC...more

CFTC Proposes Speculative Position Limits – Again

On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) proposed new speculative position limits. The proposal (“New Proposal”) would establish spot-month and non-spot-month limits for 28 core...more

CFTC Proposes Revised Position Limit Rules

On November 5, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted to propose rules that would expand the scope of the CFTC’s speculative position limit requirements for futures, options and swaps. On the same date, the...more

CFTC Re-Proposes Position Limits On Physical Commodity Derivatives

Yesterday, the CFTC voted to approve a new position limits rule that resembles the agency’s previous short-lived rule (vacated and now abandoned after court challenge), albeit with certain significant changes. ...more

Hong Kong SFC Continues To Step Up Its Enforcement Action amidst Enhanced Regulation of IPO Sponsors

With the date for the introduction of the new regulatory regime for IPO sponsors now just a matter of weeks away on October 1, 2013, the Hong Kong market has witnessed further action taken by the Securities and Futures...more

Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals

Attached please find the updated Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals Chart, current as of June 21, 2013. All prior versions are superseded and should be discarded. Please note the following developments...more

Federal Reserve Board Issues Final Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions Rule

On April 9, the Federal Reserve Board published a final rule that allows supervised entities to engage in off-exchange foreign currency transactions with retail customers. Covered transactions include foreign exchange...more

NFA Chairman Chris Hehmeyer Talks Bankruptcy Reform [Video]

One of the issues that emerged from the MF Global collapse was the complex and often frustrating US bankruptcy process. In the case of MF Global, futures customers’ claims were lumped in with other creditors. As such, it took...more

Court Rules FERC Does Not Have Authority to Fine Trader for Manipulation of Futures Contracts

Pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) fined a natural gas trader $30 million for manipulating the settlement price for natural gas futures contracts on the New York...more

An Update on SEF, IDB and Swap Regulation from Chris Ferreri of ICAP [Video]

Chris Ferreri is a managing director at ICAP North America, where he oversees ICAP ETC, the company’s hybrid brokered OTC solution. He was the first chairman of the Wholesale Markets Brokers’ Association Americas Inc. (WMBA...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - March 22, 2013

In this issue: - NASDAQ Proposes Internal Audit Function Requirement for Listed Issuers - FINRA’s Frequently Asked Questions on Electronic Blue Sheet Submissions Updated Regarding Order Execution Time -...more

DC Circuit Tells FERC That CFTC Has Exclusive Jurisdiction Over Manipulation In Futures Markets Even If It Impacts FERC Markets

On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over...more

FERC Lacks Authority To Regulate Natural Gas Futures Contracts, D.C. Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided today that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over all transactions involving commodity futures contracts and that the Federal...more

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