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Commodities Futures Trading Commission Securities & Exchange Commission

The United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission was created in 1974 to regulate commodity futures and option markets. The Commission’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from... more +
The United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission was created in 1974 to regulate commodity futures and option markets. The Commission’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from fraud, abuse, and systemic risk associated with derivatives subject to the Commodities Exchange Act. In 2010, as a result of the Frank-Dodd Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection, the Commission’s role was expanded to include drafting rules for regulating the swaps marketplace. less -

Regulators Continue to Scrutinize Initial Coin Offerings

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As reported in the most recent issue of Expect Focus, the SEC issued an investigative report in July cautioning market participants that distributed ledger (blockchain) technology-based offers and sales of digital "tokens" or...more

Blockchain, Virtual Currencies and the Regulators

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The public interest in anything relating to virtual currencies, blockchain technology or bitcoin is not just very high bit reaching near hysteria. For example, the Long Island Iced Tea Corporation saw its share price jump as...more

Financial Derivatives Intermediaries Who Trade Virtual Currencies Face the NFA’s Enhanced Reporting Requirements

Derivatives regulators continue to take actions that pull virtual currencies – also known as digital currency or cryptocurrency, the best known of which is bitcoin – into their regulatory schemes....more

New Year Brings Flurry of Regulatory Statements and Warnings Directed at Cryptocurrencies and ICOs

by Goodwin on

On the same day that a meteorological blizzard slammed the Eastern Seaboard, U.S. financial regulators unleashed their own flurry of statements and warnings surrounding initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies....more

Federal Court Finds “Oral Downloads” to SEC Waived Attorney Work Product Protection

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman, in the Southern District of Florida, ruled last month that outside counsel’s “oral downloads” of internal investigation findings to the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

WSGR Fintech Update - January 2018

SEC Chair Speaks About ICOs and Virtual Currencies - In a statement released on December 11, 2017, Jay Clayton, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), offered his views about initial coin offerings...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Issues Proposed Interpretation on Virtual Currency "Actual Delivery" in Retail Transactions - On December 15, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") announced a Proposed Interpretation concerning its...more

Bitcoin Futures Trading Commences; Implications for Funds and Registered CPOs and CTAs

by Dechert LLP on

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) on December 1, 2017 self-certified contracts for bitcoin futures products with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Additionally, on...more

Bitcoin: Where Speculation (Likely) Meets Securities Regulation

by Murtha Cullina on

Recently, Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies have been widely reported in national mainstream news, with stories describing rapidly higher prices and interest, especially among retail investors. As a result, regulated...more

Treasury’s Third Report on Financial System Regulation Focuses on the Asset Management and Insurance Industries

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently released a report examining the regulatory framework for the asset management and insurance industries (Report). The Report is the third in a series of four reports that...more

The Risks Of Cryptocurrency And How The Government Will Protect Consumers

by Ifrah PLLC on

Bitcoin and a host of cryptocurrencies have taken both Wall Street and Main Street by storm in 2017. The nearly continuous gains in the price of Bitcoin have spawned numerous imitators and led a number of companies to raise...more

Bridging the Week - November 2017 #2

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Trading Firm and Broker Affiliate Settle CFTC Enforcement Action for Trading Firm’s Alleged EFRP Transactions With Insufficiently Correlated Futures and Physical Legs: FCStone Merchant Services LLC and INTL FCStone Financial...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - November 2017

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New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letters to Facilitate Cross-Border Compliance with the Research “Unbundling” Provisions of the European...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/EU Developments

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Releases New Targeted Exam Letter Regarding Order Routing Conflicts - On November 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released the contents of a new Order Routing Conflicts targeted...more

Department of the Treasury Issues Report Recommending U.S. Capital Markets Regulatory Reforms

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued a report to the President recommending extensive regulatory and legislative reforms to the U.S. capital markets. The recommendations, in response to the White House's executive...more

LabCFTC Releases Primer on Virtual Currencies without Broadly Addressing Blockchain Tokens

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s LabCFTC released “A CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies.” The Primer provides an overview or virtual currencies and their potential uses, discusses the role of...more

Bridging the Week - November 2017

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Backers of Tezos Initial Coin Offering Named in Prospective Class Action Litigation: On October 25, the promoters of a highly successful initial coin offering to support development of the Tezos blockchain project and other...more

CFTC and SEC Chairs Seek to Apply Existing Laws and Regulations to Digital Assets

by Reed Smith on

Nine years after Satoshi Nakamoto circulated his whitepaper and introduced the world to bitcoin, regulated bitcoin derivatives are about to be introduced in the United States. CME Group recently announced that it will begin...more

Celebrity ICO Endorsements: SEC, FTC, and CFTC Oversight

by Reed Smith on

Floyd Mayweather, a world famous boxing champion, recently used his Twitter and Instagram accounts to help a company raise more than $30 million in an initial coin offering (“ICO”). Other celebrities have similarly...more

WSGR Fintech Update - November 2017

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the November 2017 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article discussing CFTC guidance on virtual currencies, as well as an article on a...more

FinTech Alert: Six Weeks of CFTC and SEC Action in the Digital Currency Space

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Over the last six weeks, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have taken rigorous action in the digital currency space, demonstrating that they will...more

Blockchain Week in Review – October #8

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Abu Dhabi Financial Services Regulatory Authority Issues Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this month, the Financial Services Regulation Authority of the Abu Dhabi Global Market joined the ranks of various regulatory agencies from countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United States that have...more

Treasury Report Addresses Regulatory Approaches Affecting Investment Companies and Their Advisers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As required by President Trump’s Executive Order 13772, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a report, “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities, Asset Management and Insurance,” addressing the regulatory...more

Treasury Reports Continue to Inform Dodd-Frank Reform Efforts

by K&L Gates LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) released a report entitled “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities: Asset Management and Insurance,” the third in a series of reports...more

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