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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

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

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

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

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

The Supreme Court May Review Whether Regulatory Enforcement Actions Seeking Disgorgement are Subject to a Five-Year Statute of...

Federal regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), have the authority to impose...more

SEC Finds Pre-IPO Transactions Were Unlawful Security-Based Swaps

The SEC announced that Equidate Inc. agreed to settle charges that it violated federal securities laws by failing to register security-based swaps that were offered and sold online to shareholders in pre-IPO companies....more

CFTC Cross-Border Regulatory Update: New Proposal on Cross-Border Swap Transactions and Other Developments

by Reed Smith on

On October 11, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed rule on the Cross-Border Application of the Registration Thresholds and External Business Conduct Standards Applicable to...more

Fantasy Stock Picking Contest Deemed by SEC to be Illegal Security-based Swaps

The SEC shut down a “fantasy” stock picking game for allegedly violating securities laws. Forcerank LLC ran contests via mobile phone games where players paid a fee and predicted the order in which 10 securities would perform...more

CFTC Guidance on FCM and DCO Investments in Money Market Funds

by Dechert LLP on

Divisions of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on August 8, 2016 issued letters restricting futures commission merchants (FCMs) and derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) from investing in money market...more

CFTC Proposes Amendments to Whistleblower Awards Process and Anti-Retaliation Authority

by Morgan Lewis on

The amendments would make the CFTC’s whistleblower awards process more uniform with the SEC’s program and would enable the CFTC to bring enforcement actions against employers that retaliate against whistleblowers....more

CFTC Proposes New Amendments to its Whistleblower Rules

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) has proposed numerous amendments to the Whistleblower Rules found in Part 165 of the CFTC’s Regulations. The Commission seeks to enhance the process...more

Commodity Whistleblowers May Hit the Jackpot: Enhanced Bounty Rules in the Works

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) is proposing amendments to its Dodd-Frank whistleblower regulations to bring them more in line with the SEC’s whistleblower bounty program. This is perhaps not surprising...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

Dodd-Frank Implementation Update: Key Differences Between the CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related...

by WilmerHale on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers (SBSDs) and major security-based swap participants (MSBSPs) under Section 15F(h) of the Securities...more

This Is Not a Test: The CFTC Joins the SEC and IRS in Awarding Substantial Whistleblower Bounties

by BakerHostetler on

Who can tune out those periodic blaring interruptions to our favorite television programs? This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. In...more

CFTC Announces $10 Million Whistleblower Award, Its Largest Award Yet

by Bryan Cave on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently announced the largest ever award under its Whistleblower Program created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The whistleblower...more

The CFTC, SEC and Market Manipulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Open market manipulation cases present difficult issues regarding what constitutes market manipulation. Regulators, such as the SEC, CFTC and FERC, tend to focus on the element of intent. Defendants frequently argue that the...more

Spoofing Is No Joke: Prosecutors Clamp Down on High-Frequency Traders

On November 3, 2015, an Illinois federal jury convicted Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities trader, of six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of spoofing—entering a buy or sell order with the intent to cancel...more

Not a Coin Toss: Regulatory Agencies Bringing Enforcement Actions Against Virtual Currency Start-ups

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the SEC are flexing their regulatory muscles to rein in securities and commodities rules violations by start-up companies in the virtual currency space. On September 17,...more

Banking Regulators Adopt End-User Exemption for Swap Margin Requirements

New Margin Requirements - The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved a final rule to establish margin requirements for swaps that are not cleared through a clearinghouse. This action is...more

Observation 3.0: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the Volcker Rule and the Implications for Foreign Banks Investing in...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

1. Question: What is the Volcker Rule, and when does it take effect? Answer: The Volcker Rule was enacted into law as section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank...more

2015 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to the 2015 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

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