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How commodities haulers can keep on truckin’ through the agricultural downturn

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With three straight years of depressed economic conditions in the agricultural marketplace, many farmers are really feeling the strain. When farmers feel the strain for long periods of time, eventually their service providers...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Prepaid card company NetSpend has reached a $53 million settlement with the FTC to resolve claims that the company “deceived customers about when and whether they could access money they deposited on its reloadable debit...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.19.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Gretchen Morgenson and Fair Game have had a few days to reflect on the Bayer/Monsanto deal, and with that little bit of hindsight (and a lot of history), she’s not too sure that Bayer’s stockholders are going to be thrilled...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.15.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Committee on Capital Markets Regulation—a nonprofit that represents execs from many of the US’s largest banks—will release a paper today arguing that the Fed illegally sidestepped the APA by adopting “central parts of its...more

Bridging the Week - July 2016 #2

Michael Coscia Sentenced to Three Years’ Imprisonment for Spoofing and Commodity Fraud: Michael Coscia, the first person prosecuted and convicted under a law prohibiting spoofing that was enacted after the 2007-2008...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - To start a real economic recovery, look to startups - A strong op-ed in The Hill this week reminded us that startups are job creators whose interests are...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.23.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We’ve got numbers for Bayer’s unsolicited bid to buy Monsanto—a cash offer of $62 billion, representing a 37% premium on Monsanto’s May 9 closing price...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.19.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bayer’s making good on its rumored interest in Monsanto in a deal that could be valued at more than $42 billion and would bring together two of the world’s biggest suppliers of crop seeds and pesticides...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

CFTC rule change brings record-keeping relief for commodity dealers and end-users

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Aiming to reduce needless regulatory costs on America’s farmers, grain elevators and other commercial end-users of the commodity markets, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently amended a record-keeping...more

CFTC Beats Kraft’s Motion to Dismiss on Novel Claim

In the first case of its kind, the CFTC accused Kraft Food Groups, Inc. and former parent Mondelez Global LLC with manipulation pursuant to Section 6(c)(1) of the Commodities Exchange Act and related Regulation 180.1....more

Australia’s ‘New’ Foreign Investment Regime- Same Product Different Packaging

by Allen & Overy LLP on

With effect from 1 December 2015, the Australian Government has re-written its foreign investment laws and policy. The overall policy position on foreign investment in Australia has not changed materially although there have...more

CFTC Updates Position Limits Rule

by WilmerHale on

On September 22, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) unanimously approved the publication of a “supplemental” proposed rule on position limits. The supplemental proposal would modify the...more

AMF Publishes Reporting Obligations and Position Limits for Derivatives on Agricultural Commodities to Commence July 1

On June 15, the Autorité des Marches Financiers (AMF) published a statement that the reporting obligations position limits for agricultural commodity derivatives proposed in the Separation and Regulation of Banking Activities...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As we reported in January 2015, 2014 was a banner year for venture capital on all fronts, from fundraising, to investment and exits – save, however, for the small drop in the number of deals versus the largest aggregate...more

Kraft Moves to Dismiss Novel CFTC Manipulation Claim

The CFTC accused Kraft Food Groups, Inc. and former parent Mondelez Global LLC with manipulation pursuant to Section 6(c)(1) of the Commodities Exchange Act and Regulation 180.1 promulgated thereunder. Regulation 180.1 makes...more

Bridging the Week - May 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Discloses Second Phase of Regulatory Review Before Senate Committee; Commissioner Giancarlo Questions Position Limits Proposal Before Energy Risk Summit - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures...more

SEC Halts Fraudulent Farm Loan Investment Program

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission initiated an action centered on the misuse of offering proceeds tied to farm loans. The defendants include an investment adviser, a financial planner and an attorney. SEC v. Veros Partners, Inc., Civil Action...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #5

SEC Proposes FINRA Oversee Certain High-Frequency Trading Firms; FINRA and FIA Issue Best Practice Guidance - The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to an existing rule that, if adopted, would require...more

CFTC Agricultural Advisory Committee to Meet on December 9

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will convene on December 9 to discuss deliverable supplies of agricultural commodities and related implications for position limits and the...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014

NJ-Based Trader Previously Sanctioned by UK FCA, CFTC and CME Indicted in Chicago for Same Spoofing Offenses - New Jersey resident Michael Coscia, the prior manager and sole owner of Panther Energy Trading LLC, was...more

SEC Names Company, Eight Directors and Officers In Financial Fraud Actions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Since the market crisis enforcement officials have heard repeated calls to prosecute not just companies but high ranking corporate officials. While the Commission brought a series of market crisis actions against firms and...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- October 7, 2013

In this Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Congress once again worked through the weekend, but based on the...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transactions and Trading Platforms

On June 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight extended the no-action relief it previously granted to any person or entity offering, entering into, or rendering advice or services with...more

CFTC Issues Final Rules Regarding Agricultural Commodity Definition and Large Trader Reporting for Physical Commodity Swaps

by Dechert LLP on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on July 7, 2011 held a public meeting to consider several final rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”). The CFTC approved...more

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