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Top Federal Securities and Commodities Regulators Testify on Virtual Currency Regulation Before Senate Committee

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In their testimony before the U. S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (the “Committee”), Chairman Jay Clayton of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo of the...more

Bridging the Week - January 2018

CFTC Issues Explanation of Its Oversight and Approach to Virtual Currency Markets; Texas Securities Board Enjoins Initial Coin Offering: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a “Backgrounder” last week, summarizing...more

Year in Review: Top Cryptocurrency Stories of 2017

After lingering on the periphery of financial markets for the past several years, cryptocurrency has finally started to move into the mainstream. While the explosion in Bitcoin’s value dominated the news headlines,...more

The Future of Bitcoin is Here (Literally): Crypto Derivatives Have Gone Mainstream!

by Goodwin on

Major derivatives market operators CBOE Holdings and CME Group have jumped into the digital currency fray within the last two weeks by launching cash-settled bitcoin futures contracts. The exchanges recently cleared de facto...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

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on SEC/Corporate; Broker-Dealer; Derivatives; CFTC; UK, EU and Brexit...

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Further Comments on the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Its Payments for Market Making Rule - On November 28, as part a retrospective rule review, the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

CFTC Releases Statement on Three Exchanges’ Plans to List Bitcoin Contracts

On December 1, 2017, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CBOE Futures Exchange took the necessary regulatory steps to begin trading new bitcoin futures contracts this month. The Cantor Exchange took similar steps to begin...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

Bridging the Week - September 2017 #3

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FCM Agrees to Pay US $2.5 Million CFTC Fine for Relying on Affiliate’s Purportedly Misleading Analysis of Block Trades for a CME Group Investigation: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated agreed to pay a fine of...more

Bridging the Week - May 2017 #4

Innocuous Changes in CME Group Globex Rule Could Inadvertently Increase Potential FCM Liability Bigly: CME Group announced amendments to its rule related to Globex order entry that will affirmatively require all persons that...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017 #4

CME Group Revises July 2016 Proposal Authorizing End Customers to Become Direct Clearing Members Without Incurring Liability for Default of Other Members - CME Group submitted amendments to its proposed rule changes...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 15

CFTC - CFTC Extends Previously Granted No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying With EU Requirements - On April 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight...more

Between Bridges: March 2017 – CME Group Settles Disciplinary Action Alleging That Automatic Liquidation of Under-Margined...

CME Group announced today that Saxo Bank A/S, a member firm, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US $190,000 to the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to resolve two disciplinary actions against it for...more

New CME enforcement rules for the new year

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In December 2016, the exchanges (and swap execution facility division) comprising the CME Group enacted changes to Chapter 4 ("Enforcement of Rules") of their respective rulebooks. The changes in Chapter 4 impact both...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - January 2017

by Morgan Lewis on

January 2017 - The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and...more

Bridging the Week - November 2016 #3

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Federal District Court Approves Flash Crash Spoofer’s US $38 Million Settlement; Federal Appeals Court Appears Sympathetic to Michael Coscia’s Claim That Spoofing Prohibition Is Too Vague - The US federal court handling...more

Bridging the Week - October 2016 #4

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Non-Member Tipper and Tippee Fined by CME Group for Insider-Trading Type Offenses; Two Member Firms Fined for Algo System Gone Wild - Two apparently related non-members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange agreed to be...more

Bridging the Week - October 2016

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CME Group Settles With Trading Firm for Spoofing-Type Offenses, Holding It Strictly Liable for Acts of Agents; Orders Disgorgement of Profits - CME Group brought and settled disciplinary actions against Geneva Trading...more

Bridging the Week - August 2016 #4

Nonmember Banned From Trading All CME Group Products for 60 Days Without a Hearing for Alleged Suspicious Trading Activities: Andrey Sakharov, a nonmember, was summarily barred from trading any CME Group product for 60 days...more

Bridging the Week - July 2016 #3

CME Group Proposes New Clearing Member Category to Help Customers Avoid Pro Rata Distribution Risk in Case of FCM Insolvency: CME Group filed proposed rule changes with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that would...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 12 - June, 2016 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis In our last edition, we discussed a recent SEC enforcement action against a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner, who agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle charges that...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 25

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Proposes Rules Updating Mining Registrant Disclosure Requirements - On June 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules (Proposed Rules) to modernize the property disclosure...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016

California Federal Court Refuses to Stop FERC Lawsuit to Uphold the Validity of US $453 Million Penalty for Manipulating Electricity Prices: A federal court in California refused to stop a lawsuit by the Federal Energy...more

Bridging the Week - February 2016

Bank Wins Dismissal of Lawsuit Claiming It Misled FCM About the Appropriateness of an Investment for Customer Segregated Funds: A lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase & Co., and various affiliates and employees (collectively,...more

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