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Investment Management, Trading & Markets Advisory: Annual CPO or CTA Exemption or Exclusion Affirmations Due by February 29, 2016;...

Any firm that is currently claiming certain exemptions or exclusions from registration with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as a commodity pool operator (CPO) or commodity trading advisor (CTA) is required to...more

How the DOJ’s New Regulatory Framework for Gun Trusts Managed to Strike a Reasonable Balance

On January 15, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule that fundamentally changed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regulatory environment for items that are manufactured and...more

CFTC Issues Order Delegating to the NFA Certain Functions Related to Notices of Swap Valuation Disputes

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has authorized the National Futures Association (NFA) to receive, review, maintain and serve as the official custodian of records for notices of swap valuation disputes in excess of US...more

Important Dates and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity Pool...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews: All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or The Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to review their...more

NFA Revises SD and MSP 4s Review Process

National Futures Association (NFA) has revised its review process for swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) applications under Section 4s of the Commodity Exchange Act. Effective immediately, SDs and MSPs are no...more

Deadline Approaches for Annual CPO/CTA Exemption Filings

Firms must affirm their exemption or exclusion from CPO or CTA registration on the National Futures Association’s Exemption Filing System by February 29....more

CFTC Adopts Final Margin Rules for Swap Dealers

On December 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted final rules that set margin requirements for swap dealers and major participants (collectively, Swap Entities) regulated by the CFTC with respect to swaps that...more

NFA Issues Notice on the Inclusion of Legal Entity Identifiers in the Swap Dealer/Major Swap

The National Futures Association (NFA) has issued Notice I-15-28, which discusses the legal entity identifiers (LEIs) that are now being used in the NFA’s swap dealer/major swap participant registry (SD/MSP Registry). The...more

NFA Releases Guidance for Those Operating Under an Exemption or Exclusion From CPO or CTA Registration

On December 1, the National Futures Association (NFA) released guidance pertaining to the annual affirmation requirement for persons or entities that claim an exemption or exclusion from commodity pool operator (CPO)...more

Between Bridges - November 2015

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed a comprehensive set of new rules that, if adopted, potentially would impose many new obligations on certain CFTC registrants that use algorithmic trading systems to...more

Better Late Than Never? The CFTC and the NFA Publish FAQs on CPO and CTA Reporting Forms

On November 5, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) issued responses to frequently asked questions (“CFTC FAQs”) regarding CFTC Forms CPO-PQR and...more

NFA Adopts Cybersecurity Guidance for NFA Members

On October 23, 2015, the National Futures Association (NFA) adopted its Interpretive Notice Regarding Information Systems Security Programs (the Notice). As noted in our prior Password Protected update, the Notice requires...more

NFA Issues Notice to CPOs and CTAs Regarding EasyFile Logistics for CTA FORM PR and CPO Form PQR

The National Futures Association issued a notice explaining how Commission Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR can be filed through the NFA’s EasyFile System. To address member feedback on the EasyFile procedures, NFA has launched...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: CFTC and NFA Staff Publish FAQs and Other Resources for Filing and Reporting on Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR - On Nov. 5 the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight of the CFTC...more

NFA Adopts Cybersecurity Guidance

The National Futures Association (NFA) adopted on October 23, 2015 an “Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rules 2-9, 2-36, and 2-49: Information Systems Security Programs” (Notice). The Notice requires each NFA Member to...more

NFA Adopts Interpretative Notice Regarding Cybersecurity and Information Systems Security Programs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has approved the National Futures Association (NFA)’s interpretive notice related to Information System Security Programs (which was discussed in detail in the September 4, 2015...more

CFTC Approves NFA Interpretive Notice on Information Systems Security Programs, Including Cybersecurity Guidance

The CFTC recently approved the National Futures Association’s interpretive notice (the “Cybersecurity Notice”) on the general requirements that members should implement for their information systems security programs...more

Status of NFA's Section 4s Reviews and Swap Dealer Examinations

Beginning on December 31, 2012, swap dealers began filing applications for registration with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). As of October 2015, 104 entities are provisionally registered as swap dealers....more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #3

Three Individuals Fined and Banned From Trading on CME Group Exchanges for Market Conduct Violations - CME Group business conduct committees permanently banned three traders from trading on CME Group exchanges for market...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 40

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Comment on Revised Price Disclosure Information Standards for Corporate and Agency Debt Securities - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a regulatory notice...more

NYCCHR’s Enforcement Guidance on NYC Credit Check Law: Answers and New Questions

On September 2, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR or Commission) issued Enforcement Guidance (Guidance) on the New York City Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (SCDEA), which took effect on...more

Four Cybersecurity Ideas from CFTC Commissioner Bowen

On Sept. 17, 2015, Commissioner Sharon Y. Bowen of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) gave the keynote address for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s 2015 North American Conference in New...more

CFTC Requires IBs, CPOs and Certain CTAs To Be NFA Members

The CFTC has adopted a rule, Rule 170.17, requiring all registered introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs) and certain commodity trading advisors (CTAs) to become a member of a registered futures...more

NFA To Host Audio Conference for SDs and MSPs

National Futures Association (NFA) will hold an audio conference on Thursday, September 24, at 11:00 a.m. ET to help prepare swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) for their upcoming examinations. Interested...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2015 #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

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