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Market Manipulation

VIX Manipulation Class Actions - Part II: Venue and Consolidation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In our previous update, we informed you that Atlantic Trading USA LLC had filed the first class action complaint in Chicago federal court against various numerous unnamed market maker trading firms, alleging manipulation of...more

Department of Justice Broadens Aim on Spoofing Enforcement

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), in January, announced a wave of coordinated spoofing cases that the Acting Assistant Attorney General, John P. Cronan, described as the...more

Federal Reserve Board Publishes SOFR as a Replacement for LIBOR

The Federal Reserve Board ("FRB") began publishing the Secured Overnight Financing Rate ("SOFR") in April. This rate was developed to be a more reliable benchmark than LIBOR, which lost credibility a few years ago when it was...more

Securities Law/Commodities Exchange Act (CEA) - The World in US Courts: Spring 2018

Claims of Manipulation of Trades on US-Based Globex Trading Platform Used by Korean Options Exchange Cannot Lead to Liability Under the CEA....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Chalk up a major win for Carl Icahn. Icahn has forced Xerox’s CEO, Board Chair, and 5 other board members out of their jobs as part of a push by activist investors. The shake-up will jeopardize the company’s $6.1 billion...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Facebook’s Q1 results make a strong case for Zuckerberg and his ilk riding out arguably its most serious crisis to date (the flood of criticism over its privacy practices and handling of user data) with next-to-no effect on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The full wrap of two days on the Hill for Zuck, including a Wednesday morning of generally more pointed questions from the House than he saw in the Senate....more

UK Regulator Proposes Guidance on Obligations to Counter Insider Dealing and Market Manipulation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has launched a consultation on adding a proposed chapter on insider dealing and market manipulation to its Financial Crime Guide. The Financial Crime Guide is not part of the FCA's rules but it...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Some analysis of Friday’s less-than-booming jobs report – NYTimes and Bloomberg And a look at Fed Chair Powell’s first major remarks on the state of the economy and the potential effects a trade war would have on the Fed’s...more

Federal Court Upholds FERC’s Expansive Use of Anti-Market Manipulation Rule in Power Market “Gaming” Case

On March 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio issued an order substantially denying defendants’ Motion to Dismiss the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or the “Commission”) Complaint...more

South Korea Steps Up Oversight of Cryptocurrency Exchanges

In January 2018, the Korea Financial Intelligence Unit (“KoFIU”) and the Financial Supervisory Service (“FSS”) conducted a joint inspection of six Korean banks that provide trading accounts for cryptocurrency exchanges. The...more

FCA Proposes New Guidance on Financial Crime Systems and Controls

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The FCA is proposing to add a new chapter on insider dealing and market manipulation to its Financial Crime Guide. Key Points: ..The FCA proposes to add a new Chapter 8 to Part 1 of its Financial Crime Guide, outlining...more

Federal Judge Rules Virtual Currencies Are Commodities Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On March 6, 2018, Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ruled that virtual currencies are commodities under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and therefore subject to the...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Chipotle and founder Steve Ells—which built an empire on the idea of offering a healthier, more authentic Mexican experience than its Tex-Mex fast food rivals—are turning ironically enough to Taco Bell’s CEO Brian Niccol to...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - February 2018

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts – SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Cryptocurrency-related Holdings - On January 18, 2018, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment...more

WSGR Fintech Update - February 2018

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present the February 2018 issue of the WSGR Fintech Update. This latest edition features an article discussing a letter recently issued by the SEC’s Division of Investment...more

SEC Expands Cryptocurrency Market Worries

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Not one for making people feel at ease, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management has indicated that it is not comfortable with investment companies investing in cryptocurrencies and similar products. In a letter sent...more

SEC Staff Seeks Industry Engagement on Questions Regarding Development of Funds Holding Cryptocurrency-Related Products

by Dechert LLP on

The Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Investment Management has outlined concerns of the SEC Staff (Staff) with respect to the registration of funds that hold cryptocurrencies and...more

FERC Enforcement Litigation Update: Defendants Cannot Take Discovery of FERC’s Decision Not to Pursue Enforcement Cases Against...

One of the big Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Enforcement litigation developments of the past two years has been the federal judiciary’s rejection of the agency’s “de novo review” position in electricity market...more

Further Implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

On 31 July 2017, a new law was adopted to further implement and ensure the effectiveness of Regulation 596/2014 on market abuse ("Market Abuse Regulation"). This new law amends the law of 2 August 2002 on the supervision of...more

Governance and more on market manipulation

by DLA Piper on

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has been busy heading into the end of the year. Amongst other things, the FMA has...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - November 2017

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases, regulatory activity and other key developments, including new U.K. reporting obligations for sanctions violations,...more

FERC Enforcement Releases 2017 Annual Report

• On November 16, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its 11th annual Report on Enforcement, detailing the agency’s Enforcement activities in 2017. • Key highlights are that Enforcement priorities were...more

SEC Enforcement Division Priorities Pertaining to Retail Investors and Cybersecurity

by Dechert LLP on

In a keynote speech to the Securities Enforcement Forum on October 26, 2017, U.S. SEC Division of Enforcement (Division) Co-Director Stephanie Avakian emphasized the protection of retail investors and cybersecurity as...more

SEC Files Complaint Against Trader Involving Bitcoin Conversion Scheme

by Reed Smith on

On October 30, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in federal court against a day trader for allegedly committing fraud and market manipulation during which the trader utilized a...more

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