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Frequently Asked Questions on Virtual Currency and CFTC Jurisdiction

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) newly formed financial technology (fintech) innovation group, LabCFTC, released its first fintech primer, “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies” (VC...more

CFTC and European Commission Make Progress on Cross-Border Agreements

On October 13, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two cross-border developments with the European Commission (EC) that take significant steps toward reconciling regulation of cross-border...more

CFTC’s Enforcement Division Announces New Focus on Self-Reporting

Upon discovering a potential violation, a company is often faced with the dilemma of whether to self-report the incident to its regulator or attempt to deal with the incident through exclusively internal means. On September...more

Federal Reserve Board Publishes Request for Comment on LIBOR Alternatives

On August 30, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board published in the Federal Register its request for comment on proposed plans for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Office of Financial Research to publish three new...more

Federal Reserve Board Seeks Public Comment on Alternatives to LIBOR

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board is requesting public comment on proposed plans for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Office of Financial Research to publish three new reference rates intended as alternatives to the...more

CFTC Case Updates: Settlement Highlights Agency’s New Premium on Cooperation; 7th Circuit Upholds Criminal Spoofing Conviction

On August 7, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) announced a settlement for a civil penalty of $600,000 with the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) for alleged spoofing violations, with...more

LIBOR Replacement Plans Bring Regulatory Considerations for Derivatives

Plans to end the long reign of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as one of the world's most often-used interest rate benchmarks have recently been confirmed by several top financial regulators. On July 27, 2017,...more

CFTC Launches Review of Swap Reporting Regulations

On July 10, 2017, the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) announced the launch of a comprehensive review of the swap data reporting regulations1 adopted by the...more

Southern District Decision Dismisses Commodity Exchange Act Claims Based on Morrison

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging, among other claims, that a large number of entities and individuals in the market for producing, refining and...more

CFTC Modernizes Record-Keeping Rule

On May 30, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) published final rule changes that substantially revise Rule 1.31 (Revised Rule) to modernize record-keeping obligations for any person required by...more

"CFTC Seeks Public Input on Decreasing Burdens of Existing Rules"

On May 3, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted to seek public input on simplifying and modernizing the agency’s rules (Project KISS, 82 Fed. Reg. 21494 (May 9, 2017)). CFTC Acting Chairman J....more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

"Regulators Provide Some Flexibility on the Swaps Variation Margin Compliance Deadline"

On February 23, 2017, U.S. federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators), European regulators and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued statements clarifying their expectations on...more

"CFTC’s Enforcement Division Issues New Advisories on Cooperation"

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement issued two new enforcement advisories outlining the factors the division will consider in evaluating cooperation in the agency’s...more

"Reform, Not Repeal, Likely for US Swaps Regulations"

Swaps transactions, virtually unregulated before the 2008 financial crisis, are regulated in the U.S. under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Title VII empowers the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), for most swaps,...more

"House Bill to Shake Up CFTC Rulemakings"

Less than two weeks into the new congressional session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 239 to 182 the Commodity End-User Relief Act1 (the Bill or House Bill), marking the first step by the new...more

"Non-Cleared Swap Variation Margin Requirements to Spark Credit Support Annex Amendments for Financial End Users"

On March 1, 2017, new rules adopted by U.S. Prudential Regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will require registered swap dealers to post and collect daily variation margin for over-the-counter,...more

"CFTC Revises the Regulation AT Proposal for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an amendment to the Regulation AT framework it originally proposed in December 2015 for automated trading on U.S. derivatives exchanges. Addressing the issues raised in the...more

"CFTC Proposes Rules to Count Cross-Border Swaps for Swap-Dealer Thresholds and Other Requirements"

The CFTC’s newly proposed rules on cross-border transactions address which swap activities affect swap-dealer thresholds and trigger transaction-level swap requirements. These are the latest in a series of CFTC rulemakings,...more

"Prudential Regulators Extend Swaps Clearing Exemptions and Exceptions to Non-Cleared Swap Margin Requirements"

On August 2, 2016, federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators) adopted a final rule (PR Margin Exemptions) implementing exemptions from the Prudential Regulators’ impending initial and variation margin requirements for...more

"Recent Bills to Amend Dodd-Frank Preview Coming Attractions in Post-Election Congress"

Recently introduced legislation suggests that Republicans and Democrats in post-election Congress will be looking in very different directions on how to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

CFTC Proposes to Apply Clearing Requirement to Additional Interest Rate Swaps

On June 9, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed to require additional interest rate swaps to be centrally cleared. Since December 2012, the CFTC has required four classes of interest rate swaps...more

CFTC Finalizes Cross-Border Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

On May 24, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules (cross-border margin rules) that specify how its recently issued uncleared margin rules apply to cross-border transactions. Chairman Timothy...more

"CFTC Proposes Exclusion of Certain Electric Power and Natural Gas Contracts From 'Swap' Definition"

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed guidance that would exclude certain capacity contracts in electric power markets (capacity contracts) and natural gas peaking supply contracts from...more

"CFTC Eliminates End-User Trade Option Reporting Requirements and Addresses Applicability of Position Limits"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) adopted a final rule effective March 21, 2016, that eliminates the reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the CFTC’s existing trade option exemption for...more

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