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The CFTC’S Cross-Border Application of the Dodd-Frank Act

After years of anticipation, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in July 2013 issued more than 300 pages of “guidance” ostensibly to assist market participants in understanding the breadth of the extraterritorial...more

More FERC Federalism: D.C. Circuit Affirms FERC’s Jurisdiction Again – New England Power Generators Ass’n v. FERC

On July 8, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the petition for review filed by New England Power Generators Association, Inc. and other market participants’ over four Federal...more

NAESB to Seek Industry Comments on Proposed Modified Standards Prepared in Response to FERC Gas-Electric Coordination NOPR

The Notice of Proposed Rule Making re: Coordination of the Scheduling Processes of Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Public Utilities (Docket No. RM14-2-000) (“NOPR”) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more

FERC Proposes New Regulations on Priority Rights and Access to Generator Interconnection Facilities

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) on open access and priority rights with regard to Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities (ICIF)....more

SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules

On June 25, the SEC adopted the first of a series of rules and guidance on cross-border security-based swap activities for market participants. The rules and guidance explain when a cross-border transaction must be counted...more

SEC Announces Order for Tick Size Pilot Plan to Assess Impact on Market Quality for Small Cap Companies

On June 25, the SEC announced that it has ordered the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to act jointly to develop and file with the Commission a national market system plan...more

SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued an order directing certain national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. to jointly develop and file with the SEC a national market...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Publishes Table Showing Compliance with its Guidelines Relating to Global Supervisory Co-Operation on AIFs - On June 20, ESMA published a table showing which competent authorities comply or intend to comply with...more

SEC Announces Order for Tick Size Pilot Plan

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it had ordered the national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) to act jointly to develop...more

SEC Orders Tick Size Pilot Program

The SEC has announced that it ordered the national securities exchanges and the FINRA to develop and file a plan to implement a targeted 12 month pilot program that will widen tick sizes for specified small-cap stocks. The...more

Second Circuit Holds Mandatory Broker Dealer Arbitration Not Available to Non-Customer

On May 15, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a summary order in a closely watched case regarding the circumstances in which a broker dealer may be compelled to arbitrate with an institutional counter-party...more

CFTC Staff to Host Position Limits and Aggregation Roundtable

Market participants are encouraged to submit further comments to the Commission. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on May 27, 2014 announced that it will hold a public roundtable at the CFTC on Thursday,...more

"SEC Issues New FAQs on Municipal Advisor Rule"

On May 19, 2014, the SEC issued an updated set of FAQs on the rule defining and requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC (the Rule). The updated FAQs provide clarification on several important issues for certain...more

Activist Hedge Funds Find Myriad Ways to Profit from M&A Transactions

Activist hedge funds continue to find ways to use public M&A transactions as a tool to generate returns for their investors. As a result, market participants need to consider potential activist strategies in determining how...more

EMIR Clearing And Margin Consultation Paper Proposes Rules Which Will Impose Substantial Trading Costs On Market Participants

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) imposes a number of risk mitigation techniques on counterparties to uncleared swaps. Some of those involve much tighter operational procedures (such as the rules for...more

CME Launches Exchange Action Database

On April 23, CME Group Inc. issued a special executive report informing market participants that it has launched a searchable database of disciplinary actions, summary access denial actions and emergency actions taken by the...more

CFTC Issues No-action Letter Regarding the Resubmission of Rejected Trades

On April 18, the Division of Clearing and Risk and Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a no-action letter indicating that it will not recommend an enforcement action against a...more

EU Commission Proposes to Amend Shareholder Rights Directive

The proposal covers shareholder votes on remuneration policies and related party transactions and greater transparency obligations on certain market participants. The European Commission (EU Commission) recently...more

OSC Credit for Cooperation - Continued Uncertainty for Market Participants with Respect to Privilege

On March 13, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its revised Credit for Cooperation Program via OSC Staff Notice 15–702. As pointed out in our recent client update (OSC Adopts New Initiatives to Strengthen...more

Trade Reporting: SEC Approves FINRA Rule Requiring Alternative Trading Systems to Report Activity Weekly

US-registered broker-dealers that operate Alternative Trading Systems will have to report volume information, by security, to FINRA weekly. The first report, for the week of May 12, 2014, is due May 28, 2014. ATS will, by...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - October 4, 2013

In this issue: - FINRA Proposes Rule to Require Alternative Trading Systems to Report Volume Information and Use Unique Market Participant Identifiers - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Liability...more

REMIT Set to be Enforced in the UK

If the UK Government meets the implementation deadline of 28 June 2013, then the United Kingdom will be one of the first EU Member States to implement the EU regulation on wholesale market integrity and transparency (REMIT). ...more

Fourth Circuit Holds State Agencies Operated by Market Participants Are Private Actors for State Action Purposes

On May 31, 2013, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion upholding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) determination that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) illegally expelled non-dentists from the teeth...more

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