Trade Options

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CFTC Further Reduces Regulatory Burdens Associated with Commodity Options

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) took action to further reduce the regulatory requirements associated with commodity trade options through issuance of a final rule that took effect on...more

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Commission Sends MiFID II Draft RTS Back to ESMA for Revision - On March 17, Markus Ferber, MEP, the European Parliament's Rapporteur for MiFID II, published a press release announcing that the European Commission had...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule to Amend the Trade Option Exemption by Eliminating Certain Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for...

On March 16, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule that eliminated certain requirements “for trade option counterparties that are neither swap dealers nor major swap participants[.]”...more

CFTC Adopts Final Trade Option Rule

On March 16, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved amendments to the rules applicable to certain physically-settled options referred to as “trade options.” This final rule substantially...more

CFTC Approves Amendment to Trade Options Exemption

The CFTC recently amended its trade option exemption to exclude certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements if a party to the option is a commercial end user of the underlying commodity. The broadened exemption provides...more

CFTC Eliminates Certain Trade Option Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for End Users

The CFTC approved a final rule today that removes trade option* reporting and recordkeeping requirements applicable to non-swap dealer/major swap participant counterparties (“Non-SD/MSPs” or “end users” for purposes of this...more

Dodd-Frank Almost 6 Years Later: Where Are We Now? Energy-Related Derivatives Regulation

In the almost six years since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has, in large part, finalized its rulemakings...more

CFTC Extends Trade Option Reporting Deadline to April 1, 2016

The CFTC provides the market additional time to submit Form TO while considering further amendments to trade option reporting rules. On February 18, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (the CFTC) Division...more

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee to Meet on July 29

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on July 29. The Advisory Committee will discuss how energy and environmental markets would be affected...more

IRS Targets Use of Basket Option Contracts and Basket Contracts by Hedge Funds and Other Taxpayers as Tax Avoidance Transactions

On July 8, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two notices (Notice 2015-47, 2015-30 IRB 1, and Notice 2015-48, 2015-30 IRB 1) targeting the use of Basket Option Contracts and Basket Contracts as tax avoidance...more

SEC’s Data-Driven Analysis Identifies Allegedly Improper Trade Allocations by Investment Advisor

Relying on a data-driven statistical analysis conducted by the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), the SEC recently commenced administrative proceedings against an investment advisor, Welhouse & Associates, Inc.,...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - June 2015

NYDFS Finalizes BitLicense Regulations - On June 3, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services released its final BitLicense regulations, which it described as "the first comprehensive framework for regulating...more

CFTC Proposes Relief from Trade Option Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Commercial End Users

On April 30, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved for publication in the Federal Register proposed amendments to the trade option exemption (the “Proposal”) that would reduce reporting and...more

"CFTC Proposes to Reduce Trade Option Reporting Requirements for Commercial End-Users"

Trade options are physically settled over-the-counter options on most deliverable commodities (e.g., agricultural, energy, or metals) where the buyer is a producer, processor, commercial user or merchant of the commodity...more

Bitcoin Game Changer?

Former Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale bankers have announced a new futures and options derivatives-trading platform for bitcoin. The derivatives, tied to the price of bitcoin, will enable...more

FINRA Proposes Rule Change To Options Reporting

FINRA Rule 2360 requires that members file reports for each account that has an aggregate position of 200 or more options contracts on the same side of the market covering the same underlying security or index. The reports...more

CFTC Reissues FAQ on Commodity Options

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has reissued a document addressing frequently asked questions (FAQs) on commodity options. The FAQs document, which DMO originally issued on...more

New Year Brings Changes To End User Reporting Requirements For Trade Options And Swaps

The first half of 2014 will bring changes to the end user reporting requirements for trade options and swaps—namely, (1) the commencement of the annual Form TO reporting requirement for unreported trade options and (2) a...more

CFTC Re-Proposes Speculative Position Limit Rules For Futures, Options And Swaps On Physical Commodities

On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted 3-1 to re-propose rules to establish speculative position limits for futures, options and economically equivalent swaps on certain agricultural, metal...more

CFTC Staff Responds to FAQs Regarding Commodity Options

On September 30, CFTC staff issued responses to several frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to commodity options. Pursuant to Section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act, which defines the term “swap” to include an...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

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff recently released three no-action letters providing relief relating to swap data reporting requirements with respect to trade options, inter-affiliate swaps and real-time reporting...more

"CFTC No-Action Letter Relieves End-Users of Part 45 Reporting for Trade Options"

On April 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight (DMO) provided end-users no-action relief (the No-Action Letter) from certain “trade option” reporting and recordkeeping...more

CFTC No-Action Letter Allows Most End Users To Report All Trade Options On Annual Aggregate Basis

The CFTC Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has issued a no-action letter that will allow most swaps end users to report all trade options on an annual aggregate basis. Trade options are commodity options (which include some...more

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