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CFTC Opens Broad Inquiry Into Swap Data Recordkeeping And Reporting

Following up on its January 21, 2014, formation of an interdivisional staff working group (Working Group) to review its swap data reporting and other provisions of Part 45 of its regulations, on March 19, 2014, the Commodity...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Letter Regarding Introducing Brokers’ Compliance with Certain Financial Reporting

On December 23, CFTC issued a no-action letter that provides relief for certain Introducing Brokers (IBs) from certain financial reporting and capital computation requirements....more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief Regarding Annual Reports by Chief Compliance Officers

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two no-action letters providing relief from certain chief compliance officer (CCO) annual report filing...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 1

In this issue: - FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter for 2014 - CFTC Makes Comparability Determinations for Substituted Compliance Purposes - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 22 • December 12, 2013 (Global)

OSC to hold derivatives reporting seminar. The Ontario Securities Commission announced that it will hold a seminar on January 15, 2014, on the reporting requirements under the new Derivatives Trade Repositories and...more

Year-End CFTC Reporting Requirements for Fund Advisers

The National Futures Association (NFA) reminded fund advisers claiming an exemption from registering as a commodity pool operator (CPO) that they must confirm by March 3, 2014 that will continue to rely on the exemption....more

Regulators Approve Final Volcker Rule

After several years and 18,000 comments, yesterday regulators braved a “snow covered” Washington and voted to approve a final rule to prohibit banks from engaging in proprietary trading, known as the Volcker rule. As industry...more

Federal regulators release Volcker Rule final regulations

Five federal financial regulatory agencies have released final rules implementing Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 619 created Section 13 in the Bank Holding Company Act...more

CFTC Announces Mutual Acceptance of Approved Legal Entity Identifiers

The CFTC announced that registered entities and swap counterparties subject to the CFTC’s jurisdiction may now comply with the CFTC’s swap data recordkeeping and reporting requirements with respect to Legal Entity Identifiers...more

"EU Derivatives Trade Reporting Obligations to Begin on February 12, 2014"

Starting February 12, 2014, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) will require EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on or off exchange, to report certain trade information and details...more

"CFTC Expands Large Trader Reporting and Increases Customer Account Protection Requirements"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) recently adopted several rules to improve large trader reporting, facilitate segregation of customer swap margin and enhance customer protections for futures and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - November 12, 2013

CFTC Proposed Rule on Commodity Pools - On November 5, the CFTC issued a proposed rule that would require that all registered introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swap Execution Facilities

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff released several no-action letters impacting swap execution facilities (SEFs) and their participants. These no-action letters are related to swap data reporting requirements, SEF...more

CFTC Extends Certain SEF Reporting, Confirmation, and Documentation Compliance Dates

commoThe Division of Market Oversight (“Division”) of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on September 27 and 30, 2013 issued several no-action letters to temporarily registered swap execution facilities...more

CFTC Staff Issues Commodity Option Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”)

On September 30, 2013, the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) issued a Commodity Option FAQ document. While the document largely contains information already set forth in prior CFTC releases, it does contain helpful...more

CFTC Responds To FAQ On Commodity Options

Today, the CFTC Division of Market Oversight published a response to frequently asked questions regarding commodity options, including reporting obligations with respect to trade options. The response clarified a few...more

NFA Requires CTAs to Report on a Quarterly Basis

The National Futures Association (the “NFA”) announced that amendments to Compliance Rule 2-46 that require commodity trading advisors (“CTAs”) to report to the NFA on a quarterly basis will be effective beginning with the...more

Disclosure Requirements and Advertising Rules for CPOs

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) adopted final rule amendments to accept compliance with the disclosure, reporting and recordkeeping rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 16, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Issues Risk Alert on Options Trading Used to Evade Short-Sale Requirements - SEC Order Temporarily Exempting Certain Broker Dealers and Certain Transactions from the Recordkeeping and...more

CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that Are Commodity Pools

In a dramatic change of course, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules that apply a “substituted compliance” approach for disclosure and compliance obligations of registered investment companies...more

"CFTC Deadlines Loom for Commercial End Users"

End users of swaps should be aware of three impending deadlines for complying with new Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - August 9, 2013

In this issue: - Delaware Legislature Adopts Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law - Amendments to SEC Rules Regarding Broker Dealer Financial Responsibility and Reporting Requirements - FINRA...more

CFTC Amended Order for Mutual Acceptance of LEIs

On June 10, the CFTC issued an amended order that revises an order issued on July 23, 2012, expanding the list of approved providers of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) that can be used by registered entities and swap...more

CFTC Delays Effective Date for Clearing Exemption for Swaps Between Affiliates

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently adopted regulations relating to the clearing exemption for swaps between certain affiliated entities. Pursuant to the final regulations, the clearing exemption is available to...more

Update On ISDA Protocols

We previously noted certain matters that needed to be completed by May 1, 2013 for those entities engaged in derivatives transactions to allow swap dealers to comply with the CFTC’s External Business Conduct Rule. ...more

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