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CFTC Grants Family Offices Relief From Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The CFTC previously granted family offices no-action relief from registration as commodity pool operators. That letter did not provide an exemption from registration as a commodity trading advisor. However, the CFTC has...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission announced its largest whistleblower action this week – an award to a person overseas of over $30 million. The agency also filed a series of actions this week....more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- September 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation: Long-Awaited Money Market Fund Rules Adopted - SEC Staff Offers Guidance Regarding Investment Advisers and Proxy Advisory Firms - SEC Staff Closes Loophole on BDC Asset...more

2014 Mid-Year Report Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement

Welcome to the 2014 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. Its purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

U.S. House Votes to Reauthorize the CFTC and Exclude Most RICs from CPO and CTA Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on June 24, 2014, passed a version of the CFTC reauthorization bill, H.R. 4413, that would exclude investment advisers to registered investment companies (RICs) from the definitions of...more

Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers Now Targeted by Both Cyber Intruders and SEC Cybersecurity Examiners

Cybersecurity has increasingly become a critical issue for all types of businesses, few more so than broker-dealers, investment advisers and others in the financial sector. The cyber threat is much broader than customer data...more

2014 Compliance Checklist for Investment Advisers

For those of you still easing into 2014, we thought that now would be a good time to help you plot out your regulatory and internal compliance schedules for the upcoming calendar year....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 6

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues Guidance on Rule 506(c) Private Placements - SEC Issues No-action Relief Regarding Registration of M&A Brokers - CFTC Issues Guidance on New...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 22 • December 12, 2013 (Global)

OSC to hold derivatives reporting seminar. The Ontario Securities Commission announced that it will hold a seminar on January 15, 2014, on the reporting requirements under the new Derivatives Trade Repositories and...more

Year-End CFTC Reporting Requirements for Fund Advisers

The National Futures Association (NFA) reminded fund advisers claiming an exemption from registering as a commodity pool operator (CPO) that they must confirm by March 3, 2014 that will continue to rely on the exemption....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 Issues Guidance on Block Trade and Large Notional Off-Facility Swap Rules; Advisers Must Obtain Consents

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has issued final rules (“Final Rules”) setting minimum block trade sizes for different types of CFTC regulated swaps that are permitted to be executed off-facility and...more

CFTC Adopts Harmonization Rules for Investment Advisers that are Commodity Pool Operators of Registered Funds

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) adopted long-awaited harmonization rules (“Harmonization Rules”) for operators of registered investment companies (“Registered Funds”) that are subject to...more

CFTC’s Final 'Harmonization' Rules: Shifting Sands in the ETF Competitive Landscape

Background - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) caused quite a stir in 2012 when it changed its rules to require investment advisers to mutual funds that invest to any significant degree in derivatives, to...more

Legal Alert: CFTC Issues Highly Anticipated Harmonization Rules

Today, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) provided long-awaited clarification and relief to investment advisers that are registered with the CFTC as commodity pool operators (CPOs) and/or commodity trading...more

CFTC Grants Relief to CTAs and IAs from Swap Block Trade Aggregation Prohibition

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight has issued no-action relief from the prohibition in CFTC Regulation 43.6(h)(6) on the aggregation of orders for different accounts to satisfy minimum...more

Impact of the SEC and CFTC Issuing Final Identity Theft “Red Flag” Rules

On April 19, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” and, together with the SEC, the “Commissions”) published final rules (“Red Flag Rules”) in the Federal...more

Amendments to CFTC Rule 4.5 Affecting Advisers to Registered Investment Companies Upheld

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Court of Appeals) affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the District of...more

DC Court of Appeals Upholds Amendments to CFTC Rule 4.5 Affecting Advisers to Registered Investment Companies

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Court of Appeals) affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the District of...more

Swap Users Take Note: March 2013 DF Protocol Deadline is July 1, 2013

Investment advisers with clients (including funds or separate accounts) that use swaps are reminded to have such clients sign up to the ISDA March 2013 DF Protocol (the “March DF Protocol”) by July 1, 2013....more

SEC and CFTC Adopt "Red Flag" Identity Theft Rules

The SEC and the CFTC recently issued final rules requiring certain regulated entities that qualify as either "financial institutions" or "creditors" to adopt programs to identify and address the risk of identity theft...more

SEC and CFTC Jointly Adopt Identity Theft Red Flags Rules Applicable to Investment Advisers and Others

Regulation S-ID - On April 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) jointly adopted identity theft red flags rules (the Rules) and corresponding...more

New SEC Identity Theft Red Flag Regulations Call Attention to Investment Advisers

It is probably fair to say most registered investment advisers, at least those below a certain size, did not pay a great deal of attention to the anti-identity theft, or “red flag” rules jointly adopted by the Federal Trade...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - May 17, 2013

In this issue: - CFTC Adopts Final Rules for Execution Facilities and Other Matters - FINRA Issues Interpretive Guidance on Use of Back Tested Index Data by ETPs - Mississippi District Court Defers to New...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- April 29‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; and Executive Branch. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - The past week could be best described by one word. Chaos. In the House, a scheduled...more

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