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US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Signs Counterpart to Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Authority in Newfoundland...

The CFTC announced that Chairman Massad had signed the Counterpart to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Superintendent of Securities for Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Minister for Intergovernmental...more

Local Tax Incentives Tied to Use of Union Labor —Preempted by the NLRA?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Third Circuit rejects market-participant argument, opening the door for preemption challenge to local law tying tax incentives to use of union labor. The case before the Third Circuit, Associated...more

Second Circuit: Aluminum End Users Lack Antitrust Standing; Price Manipulation Claims Against Traders and Warehouses Foiled

Last week, in In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) rejected a claim by certain downstream end-users of aluminum that their price manipulation...more

UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Market Participants

The new regime shares the same aims as its predecessor—to ensure the integrity of EU financial markets and enhance investor confidence—and keeps pace with market developments such as new trading platforms, new technology, and...more

National Council for Public Private Partnerships asks “What’s Next?” at its Annual P3 Connect Conference

The National Council for Public Private Partnerships, reengineered its 2016 “P3 Connect” annual conference June 27 to 29, 2016, posing the question “What’s Next” for public-private partnerships in the United States. NCPPP...more

China Accelerates the Establishment of Social Credit System

The State Council published the Guiding Opinions on Accelerating Social Credit System Establishment by Further Developing Joint Incentives for Honest Market Participants and Joint Penalties for Dishonest Market Participants,...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Opines on Regime for Disclosure of Inside Information by Emission Allowance Market...

The European Securities and Markets Authority published its Opinion on the proposed requirements for Emission Allowance Market Participants to disclose inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation...more

Traders and Compliance Professionals Take Note: Phase One of New BIS “Global Code” Establishes “Best Practices” in the Foreign...

Limitations on Use of Confidential Information is Prominent in the New Standards Continuing Recent Enforcement Trend in the Commodities and Derivatives Markets - On May 26, 2016, the Foreign Exchange Working Group...more

Technical Standards on Market Soundings under the Market Abuse Regulation

The European Commission adopted Regulatory Technical Standards on the arrangements, systems and procedures for market participants disclosing inside information while conducting market soundings. The Market Abuse Regulation,...more

Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

Given the security industry’s increased use of information technology and the constant evolution of cyber threats, cybersecurity will continue to demand significant attention from regulators and industry participants in the...more

US Federal Reserve Bank of New York Executive Vice President Discusses Importance of Liquidity Regulations

Executive Vice President of the US Federal Reserve Bank of New York Simon Potter discussed steps the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has taken to improve the US monetary policy framework following the...more

US and EU reach an important agreement on CCP global equivalence: how will it affect you?

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad and European Commissioner Jonathan Hill have agreed on a common approach to harmonizing transatlantic regulations regarding the central clearing of derivatives...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Provinces on Cross-Border Supervision

CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad and authorities for three Canadian provinces signed a March 2014 Memorandum of Understanding regarding (i) cooperation and coordination between the jurisdictions in respect of derivatives and...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canadian Provinces on Cross-Border Supervision

CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad and authorities for three Canadian provinces signed a March 2014 Memorandum of Understanding regarding (i) cooperation and coordination between the jurisdictions in respect of derivatives and...more

LMEShield and other developments – the LME’s continuing pivot to Asia

The announcement of the LMEShield initiative arrives off the back of a number of other Asia focused developments for the LME. The LMEShield initiative takes the LME yet one step further towards its desire of having LME...more

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Publishes Updated Asset Classification Letter

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association published an updated ISDA European Markets Infrastructure Regulation Classification Letter. The purpose of the Classification Letter is to assist market participants in...more

UK Regulator Bans Former LIBOR Trader from UK Financial Services Industry

The Financial Conduct Authority published a decision notice banning Mr Arif Hussein from the UK financial services industry. The FCA found Mr Hussein not to be a fit and proper person to carry out the functions of a trader or...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

International Report on Cyber Security in Securities Markets

The International Organization of Securities Commissions published a report on cyber security in securities markets from an international perspective. The purpose of the report is to assist IOSCO members and market...more

EU Regulation and Template on Public Disclosure of Managers Transactions

A Commission Delegated Regulation and Commission Implementing Regulation supplementing the Market Abuse Regulation were published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Delegated Regulation extends the exemption...more

Changes to the Canadian early warning reporting system adopted by securities regulators

On March 13, 2013, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed changes to the Canadian early warning reporting system and received extensive comments from market participants and industry...more

Merrick Garland on Efficiencies

Judge Merrick Garland, if he is confirmed, may become one of the Supreme Court’s foremost authorities in antitrust law. He taught antitrust law at Harvard, and he has published on the subject, so it’s fair to expect him to...more

SEC's Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee Considers Market Volatility and Customer Issues

The Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee (EMSAC or Committee) held its third meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission or SEC) in Washington DC on February 2, 2016. The Committee is considering...more

CFTC Extends Trade Option Reporting Deadline to April 1, 2016

The CFTC provides the market additional time to submit Form TO while considering further amendments to trade option reporting rules. On February 18, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (the CFTC) Division...more

CFTC Uncleared Swap Margin Rules to Take Effect in September

While the US gears up for compliance with uncleared swap margin rules, cross-border application of the CFTC rules remains unclear. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the CFTC) finalized its margin requirements...more

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