High Frequency Trading

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SEC Approves IEX as a National Securities Exchange and Issues Interpretation To Allow IEX "Speed Bump"

As has been widely reported, the application of Investors' Exchange, LLC (IEX) to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a national securities exchange has generated unprecedented interest and a fair...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #7

Treasury updates sanctions - Treasury has updated the sanctions lists in respect of North Korea, to reflect new prohibitions on dealing with any person in the country. It has also updated the guidance from the Office of...more

The Global Implications of the EU's New Civil Market Abuse Regime

On 3 July 2016 the EU Market Abuse Regulations (“MAR”) will come into force, replacing the previous civil market abuse regime as set out in the Market Abuse Directive (“MAD”). Given its extra-territorial effect, the changes...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016

FINRA Hands Out Report Cards on Potential Spoofing and Layering: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said that it issued its first cross-market equities report cards aimed at helping member firms identify potential...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 16

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Releases Registration Fee Estimator On April 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the release of an online tool that will assist companies in calculating registration fees relating to...more

Financial Conduct Authority Publishes Results of Assessment of Behaviour of High Frequency Traders

The Financial Conduct Authority published an Occasional Paper which assesses whether high frequency traders, on a systematic basis, foresee when trading orders are going to arrive at different trading venues and trade in...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016 #3

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

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #3

SEC Adopts Swaps Business Conduct Rules Different From Comparable CFTC Requirements: Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules imposing business conduct standards on registered security-based...more

Proving “Loss” Under the Economic Espionage Act – Not Always Straightforward

The Obama Administration’s focus on criminal trade secret prosecutions under the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) highlights the legal complexities at the murky intersection between criminal and civil jurisprudence in trade...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.17.16

If we’ve learned any lessons this year, it’s not to get excited about a 2-day rally. That said, we’ve not had much to cheer about in the 2016 markets, so let’s get crazy. With markets closed on Monday, the Friday-Tuesday...more

Judge Scheindlin Approves Class Certification in Barclays High-Frequency Trading Securities Fraud Action

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York recently certified a class in Strougo v. Barclays PLC, 14 Civ. 5797 (SAS), (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 2, 2016), a high-profile securities class action based on the...more

UK Regulator Extends the Senior Manager and Certification Regime

The Financial Conduct Authority published a Policy Statement and final rules on the application of the Senior Manager and Certification Regimes to wholesale market activities, such as algorithmic and high-frequency trading....more

Spoofing Is No Joke: Prosecutors Clamp Down on High-Frequency Traders

On November 3, 2015, an Illinois federal jury convicted Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities trader, of six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of spoofing—entering a buy or sell order with the intent to cancel...more

FCA consults on MiFID 2 implementation

FCA has published its consultation paper on how it will change its rules to address the markets aspects of MiFID 2. See our detailed summary for further information. The consultation covers...more

CFTC Regulation Automated Trading (Regulation AT)

On November 24, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) held an open meeting at which it unanimously approved its long-anticipated notice of proposed rules referred to as Regulation Automated Trading...more

Exchanges Prevail in Flash Boys-Inspired Suits

The practice of high frequency trading has been a hot-button issue of late, thanks in part to Michael Lewis’ 2014 book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, which examines the rise of this phenomenon throughout U.S. markets. ...more

CFTC To Hold an Open Commission Meeting on Automated Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to consider a proposal on automated trading. Among other provisions, the proposed rules are...more

Our Modern Markets: SEC Enforcement Focuses On Market Structure In Response To Rapidly-Changing Equity Markets

On Monday, November 2, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, gave a speech at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar in which he sought to address what he views as the...more

SEC Director of the Division of Enforcement Discusses Market Structure Enforcement

On November 2, 2015, the Director of the SEC Division of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney spoke at the “SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society New York Regional Seminar” and outlined the SEC’s enforcement priorities with respect to...more

Barclays Bids to Halt High-Frequency Trading Class Action in Its Tracks

A high-profile class action against Barclays over so-called high-frequency trading is heading into a key phase this month, with the court set to decide plaintiffs’ motion for class certification—a pivotal moment in the case’s...more

FY2015 SEC Enforcement Report

Late last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015, reporting a record number of enforcement actions and the highest amount of fines collected by the SEC to...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #4

Proposed Automated Trading Rule by CFTC Likely to Follow Already Existing Best Practices; SEC Also Contemplating New Measures - In two speeches last week, Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading...more

CFTC Chair Discusses the CFTC’s Response to Algorithmic Trading

On October 21, 2015, CFTC Chair Timothy Massad spoke at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His remarks came...more

SEC Chair Calls for Reexamination of Treasury Market Regulations in Light of High Speed Electronic Trading

On October 20, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave the keynote address at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York....more

Candidates Begin to Detail Tax Reform Plans

As the 2016 presidential election cycle rolls on, both Republican and Democratic candidates are beginning to release details of their tax reform plans. On the Republican side, Donald Trump released more details of his...more

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