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Whole Foods’ Proposal for Proxy Access Is Sufficient to Exclude Shareholder Proposal

In a closely watched development, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance Staff (Staff) granted no-action relief in early December to Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Whole Foods, or the Company) in response to the Company’s...more

SEC Grants No-Action Relief to Whole Foods to Exclude Proxy Access Shareholder Proposal

On December 1, 2014, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission granted no-action relief to Whole Foods Market regarding its request to omit a shareholder proposal from its proxy materials pursuant to Rule...more

Blog: Court Precludes Omission Of Shareholder Proposal, After SEC Staff Permits Exclusion

In Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., a federal district court in Delaware granted injunctive relief precluding omission of a shareholder proposal from Wal-Mart’s proxy statement, notwithstanding the SEC staff’s...more

Whole Foods Can Exclude Proxy Access Proposal

The SEC has granted Whole Foods no action relief to exclude a proxy access proposal submitted under Rule 14a-8. The proponent’s proposal sought a non-binding shareholder resolution to request that the Whole Food’s Board of...more

CFTC Provides Relief from the Clearing Requirement for Swaps Entered into by Eligible Treasury Affiliates

On November 26, CFTC issued a no-action letter providing additional relief for eligible treasury affiliates that enter into swaps that are subject to the clearing requirement in section 2(h)(1) of the Commodity Exchange Act...more

CFTC Extends Relief for Non-US Swap Dealers from Transaction-Level Requirements

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Division of Clearing and Risk and the Division of Market Oversight (Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have extended the no-action relief previously...more

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

CFTC Issues 30.7 Customer Funds No-Action Relief and Interpretation

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued no-action relief and interpretive guidance for futures commission merchants (FCMs) with customers that trade...more

CFTC Issues Further Relief for Package Transactions

The Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an extension of no-action relief for swap execution facilities (SEFs), designated contract markets (DCMs) and swap counterparties...more

"CFTC Fine-Tunes Rules, Emphasizing Relief for Commercial End-Users"

On November 3, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) approved three proposals that Chairman Timothy Massad described as “fine tuning” certain of the CFTC’s rules “to make sure they do not impose...more

CFTC Grants Relief to IB Entering Into Give-Up Arrangements

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) granted no-action relief from the proviso in CFTC Regulation 1.57(a)(1), which requires an introducing broker (IB) that has...more

CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements

On October 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) extended indefinitely the relief previously granted in CFTC No-Action Letters Nos. 14-02, 14-45 and 14-88, as...more

SEC Provides Relief to GSEC From Rule 204 Close-Out Requirements

On October 27, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets (Division) issued no-action relief to Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing (GSEC) relating to the close-out requirements of Rule 204. In...more

CFTC Staff Announces Self-Executing Registration No-Action Relief for Delegating CPOs

On October 15, CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) announced that it is providing self-executing registration no-action relief for certain commodity pool operators (CPOs) who delegate certain...more

"CFTC Staff Issues More No-Action Letters to Commodity Pool Operators"

Over the last month, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued four letters providing exemptive, no-action and interpretative relief to commodity...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #4

Editor’s Note: Bank Regulators Again Looking at Incentive Compensation and Excessive Risks. Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo and New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley spoke on October 20 at a...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014 #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Shadow Banking - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Financial Market Infrastructure -...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #3

High-Frequency Trading Firm Pays US $1 Million for Serving Too Much “Gravy” on the Close From June to December 2009 - Athena Capital Research, LLC, a New York City-based high-frequency trading firm, settled charges...more

CFTC Announces Self-Executing No-Action Relief for Delegating CPOs

On October 15, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a no-action relief letter granting self-executing registration no-action relief to qualifying commodity pool operators (CPOs) that delegate their CPO...more

CFTC Staff Issues Revised No-Action Relief from CPO Registration for Certain Delegating CPOs

On October 15, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“Division”) of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued a no-action letter (“Letter 14-126”)1 providing conditional relief from...more

CFTC Staff Allows Self Executing Delegation of CPO Functions

The staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) yesterday changed its position and no longer requires a no-action request for delegation of commodity pool operator (CPO) functions from persons that might...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Structure - Shadow Banking - Financial Services - Excerpt...more

CFTC Extends Relief to DCOs and Their Clearing Members from Requirements for CDS Clearing-Related Swaps

On September 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued No-Action Letter No. 14-119 extending no-action relief previously granted to derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs),...more

Registration Relief for Some Delegating CPOs

In May, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) staff announced a streamlined process that allows persons seeking no-action relief to avoid registering as commodity pool operators (CPOs). They must, however, designate...more

CFTC Provides Time-Limited Relief to SEFs for Block Trades

On September 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) provided time-limited no-action relief to swap execution facilities (SEFs) from the requirement in CFTC Regulation 43.2 that block...more

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