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Bitcoin Futures Trading Kicks Off; CFTC to Monitor Risk

CBOE Global Markets Inc. (CBOE) began trading CFTC-approved bitcoin futures on December 10th, and CME Group Inc. (CME) will begin trading them on December 18th. Bitcoin futures have generated significant attention as the...more

The Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2018

With the public equity markets at an all-time high and private equity fund raising setting new records, it might seem counter-intuitive to forecast litigation and regulatory risks. The opposite is true. Disputes typically...more

US DOJ, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Charge Three Banks and Multiple Individuals in Spoofing Schemes

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Department of Justice and Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced enforcement actions against three banks and multiple individuals involved in alleged commodities fraud and spoofing schemes....more

CFTC and DOJ File a Flurry of Spoofing Actions

On January 29, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the filing of eight anti-spoofing enforcement actions: three settlements with financial institutions and five complaints filed in federal district...more

Blockchain Week in Review – January 2018

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U.S. Developments - Regulatory Updates - CFTC and SEC Enforcement Directors Issue Joint Statement Regarding Virtual Currency Enforcement Actions - This morning, the Enforcement Director of the U.S. Commodity...more

No Direct Cause, No Restitution

A recent federal appellate decision shows there are limits to the ability of a regulator to claim monetary sanctions for statutory violations. Last week the 11th Circuit held that investors whose losses were solely associated...more

Cryptocurrency 2018: When The Law Catches Up With Game-Changing Technology

by K&L Gates LLP on

Blockchain technology and the virtual currency, or cryptocurrency, that uses this technology are revolutionizing the way businesses function and deliver goods and services. Even as cryptocurrency becomes a widely debated...more

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Discusses Approach to Virtual Currency Futures Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has released a backgrounder on the federal oversight of virtual currencies and its approach to regulating the virtual currency derivatives markets. Because virtual currencies have been...more

Chairman Giancarlo Statement on Virtual Currencies

On January 4, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman, J. Christopher Giancarlo, issued a statement on virtual currencies. “The CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC), sponsored by CFTC...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Interpretation on Retail Virtual Currency Transactions

by Reed Smith on

“Virtual currencies,” such as bitcoin and ether, qualify as “commodities” under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”). The extent that such products are subject to regulation by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Interpretation of ‘Actual Delivery’ in Virtual Currency Retail Commodity Transactions

On December 15, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) released its proposed interpretation of the term “actual delivery” with respect to virtual currency retail commodity transactions. A retail...more

CFTC and European Commission Implement Common Approach on Certain Derivatives Trading Venues

Both U.S. and European Union (EU) law require that certain swaps and derivatives trades take place only on approved trading platforms. On October 13, 2017, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) Chairman J....more

The World In U.S. Courts - Fall 2017

FSIA Does Not Exempt US Bank from Subpoena for Production of Records of Accounts Maintained by Central Bank of Nigeria - The World in U.S. Courts: Fall 2017 - Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/Political Question Doctrine....more

Marginal adjustments?!

On October 12, 2017, the Division of Clearing and Risk (Division) of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an interpretative letter in response to a request for clarification on whether payments of...more

CFTC Fines Cargill $10 Million For Misreporting Swap Trades

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) filed a settled enforcement action against Cargill, Inc. (“Cargill”), an agriculture commodities trader, for allegedly misrepresenting the mid-market...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

Initial Coin Offerings: Key Considerations You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About Before Launching an ICO

by K&L Gates LLP on

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have rapidly emerged as the hottest trend in FinTech financing, albeit one that is not without controversy. Put simply, an ICO is a method of fundraising somewhat akin to an initial public...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Comparability Determination on EU Margin Requirements and a Common Approach on Trading Venues - On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") announced determinations by the CFTC and the...more

CFTC Comparability Determination on EU Margin Requirements and a Common Approach on Trading Venues

On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) announced determinations by the CFTC and the European Commission (“EC“) on comparability and equivalence of margin requirements for uncleared swaps....more

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

SEC Enforcement Action Involving Initial Coin Offering Muddies Jurisdictional Waters

by Reed Smith on

Digital assets, popularly referred to as “cryptocurrencies,” “coins,” and “tokens,” continue to provoke regulatory attention and create discord among regulators. Recent actions by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...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

National Futures Association Simplifies Section 4s Submission and Review Process for Swap Dealer Registration

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On July 24, 2017, the National Futures Association (“NFA”) adopted measures to streamline the process for registration of swap dealers pursuant to Section 4s of the Commodity Exchange Act. Previously, entities seeking to...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Staff Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief on the Applicability of Transaction-Level...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Divisions of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), Clearing and Risk, and Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter providing relief to certain...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

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