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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

Bridging the Week - October 2017 #5

UK-Based Subsidiary of US Bank Fined UK £34.5 Million for Not Reporting Certain Derivatives Transactions As Required: UK-based Merrill Lynch International consented to the imposition of a fine of £34.5 million (the equivalent...more

Bridging the Week - October 2017 #2

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Treasury Calls for Better Coordination to Improve SEC and CFTC Efficiencies; Recommends Review of SROs to Minimize Conflicts and Increase Transparency: Last week, the US Department of Treasury called for more coordination...more

Bridging the Week - September 2017

Retail Metals Dealer and Principals Sued by CFTC for Illegal Transactions and Fraud: Monex Deposit Company and two affiliated companies (collectively, “Monex”), and Louis Cabrini and Michael Cabrini, the firms’ principals,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 22

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Issues Notice Regarding Disruptive Quoting and Trading Activity Rule Changes - On June 7, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published Regulatory Notice 17-22, which addresses two rule...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017

Price Protection Is Price Protection Is Price Protection – Unless It’s FCM Activity Says CFTC: Davisco Foods International, Inc., an international cheese and food ingredient company headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota,...more

Bridging the Week - February 2017 #3

CFTC Postpones Swap Dealer Compliance Date for OTC Swaps Variation Margin Requirements; Other Regulators Likely to Exercise Forbearance: On February 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and...more

Bridging the Week - December 2016

CFTC Re-Proposes Capital Rules for Swap Dealers: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission re-proposed minimum capital requirements for swap dealers and major swap participants that are not subject to prudential...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

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 18

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The SEC recently adopted new rules that substantially amend Form ADV under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the Advisers Act). Although not as comprehensive as the Form ADV amendments adopted in 2011, the new...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 - July 2016

Government Seeks Maximum Sentence in Coscia Criminal Action: The United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago requested last week that the judge presiding over the criminal trial of Michel Coscia impose the maximum sentence...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned by SEC for Anti-Money Laundering Breakdowns: Albert Fried & Company, LLC, a Securities and Exchange Commission-registered broker-dealer, agreed to pay a fine of US $300,000 to resolve charges by the...more

Traders and Compliance Professionals Take Note: Phase One of New BIS “Global Code” Establishes “Best Practices” in the Foreign...

Limitations on Use of Confidential Information is Prominent in the New Standards Continuing Recent Enforcement Trend in the Commodities and Derivatives Markets - On May 26, 2016, the Foreign Exchange Working Group...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 10 - May 2016 (Global)

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Two stories prominent in the financial media this week highlight the interesting policy challenges facing the nation’s lawmakers. On Monday, the so-called equity crowdfunding rules went into effect. The rules,...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016

GAO Claims US Financial Services Regulation Still Complex and Fragmented - Last week, the US Government Accountability Office reported that US oversight of financial services entities and products has not meaningfully...more

CFTC Collects $2.69 Million in Spoofing Action

The CFTC announced that a federal court in New York issued a Consent Order imposing a permanent injunction against CFTC Defendants Heet Khara and Nasim Salim, residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), prohibiting them from...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016 #2

Federal Court Allows Former Hedge Fund Operator’s Lawsuit Alleging Civil Rights Violations to Proceed Against US Attorney and Other Government Officials: A federal court in New York City refused to dismiss a lawsuit against...more

Prosecutors Record First-Ever Conviction for ‘Spoofing’: A New Era of Trading Enforcement

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Asset managers and other traders should expect aggressive anti-spoofing enforcement and consider reviewing their trading practices in light of this most recent development. On November 3, 2015, a federal jury in...more

CFTC Chair Discusses the CFTC’s Response to Algorithmic Trading

On October 21, 2015, CFTC Chair Timothy Massad spoke at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His remarks came...more

SEC Chair Calls for Reexamination of Treasury Market Regulations in Light of High Speed Electronic Trading

On October 20, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White gave the keynote address at the “Evolving Structure of the U.S. Treasury Market” conference organized by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York....more

CFTC Accuses Firm Manually Entering Orders Of Spoofing Scheme That Fooled Algorithmic Traders

Potentially abusive trading algorithms, such as algorithms that purportedly engage in “spoofing” or “layering” are the subject of considerable regulatory interest. However, in an interesting complaint filed on October 19,...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #2

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SEC-Sanctioned Trader Began Alleged Spoofing After Complaining About Spoofing by Others to NYSE - Eric Oscher and Briargate Trading, LLC, a company 50 percent owned by Mr. Oscher, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015

ESMA Publishes Final Technical Standards for MiFID II - The European Securities and Markets Authority issued the equivalent of final rules (known as “technical standards”) to implement three cornerstones of the European...more

Bridging the Week - September 2015

Alleged Flash Crasher's Formal Indictment Provides More Details Regarding His Purported Spoofing - The US Department of Justice filed a formal indictment against Navinder Singh Sarao in a US federal court in Chicago on...more

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