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ATF Final Rule 41F – Background Checks for Responsible Persons

Seyfarth Synopsis: Going forward, ATF’s new rule on applications by a trust or legal entity to make or transfer NFA firearms, requires that they be submitted on new forms — including background checks. The Bureau of...more

Late Fee for NFA Forms PQR and PR Filings Effective Starting September 30, 2016

The National Futures Association recently amended NFA Compliance Rule 2-46 in order to impose late fees for its commodity pool operator (CPO) and commodity trading adviser (CTA) members that do not make quarterly filings on...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

Commodities traders, know thyself: Are you a pool or prop shop?

Do you trade commodity futures, options or swaps with a partner or a group of partners? If so, you need to know if your business model is properly described as a commodity pool or as a proprietary trading firm. The answer is...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016 #3

Industry Comments to Regulation AT Argue CFTC Proposed Rules Too Prescriptive; Registration and Source Code Requirements Particularly Objectionable - After declining multiple requests to extend the comment period that...more

NFA To Review Initial Margin Models for SDs and MSPs

National Futures Association (NFA) has issued a notice reminding its swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) members of their obligations under the new uncleared swap margin requirements adopted by the Commodity...more

NFA Issues Notice Regarding Cybersecurity Self-Examination Questionnaire

On February 29, National Futures Association (NFA) issued Interpretive Notice I-16-10, which notifies member firms about the addition of a cybersecurity section to NFA’s Self-Examination Questionnaire. This section is...more

Reminder: March 1, 2016 Effective Date for Information Systems Security Programs Including Cybersecurity for NFA Members

As noted in our earlier Foley Adviser, March 1, 2016 is the effective date for NFA member firms (including futures commissions merchants, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, introducing brokers, retail...more

NFA’s Interpretive Notice on Information Systems Security Programs Becomes Effective on March 1

National Futures Association (NFA) has issued a reminder that its interpretive notice on information systems security programs becomes effective on March 1. The interpretive notice, which was discussed in detail in the...more

CFTC’s New Proposed Rules Mandate Extensive Cybersecurity Testing; Comments Due Feb. 22, 2016

On December 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) released two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRMs” or “Proposed Rules”) that would, if finalized, supplement existing regulations covering the...more

CFTC Designates NFA as SDR Data Recipient

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order authorizing National Futures Association (NFA) as a designee of the CFTC for purposes of receiving direct electronic access to swap data repository (SDR) data. All...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 7

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies to Discuss Capital Formation Landscape for Small and Emerging Companies - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that its Advisory...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief Helpful for Non-U.S. Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) provided no-action relief on February 12, 2016 to commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors...more

NFA Issues Notice Regarding Swap Valuation Dispute Notices

On February 2, National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice I-16-07, which implements an order previously issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission authorizing NFA to receive notices of swap valuation disputes...more

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

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