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Swap Execution Facilities

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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Approves Amendments to Rules on Intermediary Registration and Review of Adverse Actions - On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved final rules that update Parts 3 and 9...more

CFTC Approves Amendments to Rules on Intermediary Registration and Review of Adverse Actions

On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) approved final rules that update Parts 3 and 9 to integrate existing advisory guidance, incorporate swap execution facilities (“SEFs“) and update...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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Updates Progress on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Credit Risk Transfer Programs - On November 22, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA") issued a status report on credit risk transfer transactions done in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Fee Rate Advisory #3 for Fiscal Year 2017 - On May 31, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") announced that starting July 4, 2017, the fee rates applicable to most...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - January 2017

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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

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Reproposes Position Limits Rule and Finalizes Aggregate Positions Rule

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted unanimously to repropose regulations implementing limits on speculative futures and swaps positions as called for in the Dodd-Frank Act. In a separate vote, the CFTC approved...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions - On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

CFTC Proposed Registration Relief for Non-U.S. Futures Commission Merchants, Commodity Pool Operators, Commodity Trading Advisors...

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed amendments to its rules (“Proposed Rules”) that loosen the conditions for exemption from registration as a futures commission merchant (“FCM”),...more

CFTC Supplemental Proposal Would Authorize Exchanges to Administer More Flexible Approach to Bona Fide Hedge Exemption to Position...

The CFTC has published a proposed supplement to its December 2013 proposed rule on position limits* that would, among other things, authorize designated contract markets and swap execution facilities (“exchanges”) to...more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Supplemental Proposal on Position Limits

On May 26, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed supplement (“Supplemental Proposal”) to its December 2013 proposal to establish position limits on futures and economically...more

A CFTC Potpourri

by K&L Gates LLP on

Toward the end of 2015 and in the first few months of 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) took action on several issues of interest to investment management firms that had been pending for quite some time....more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016 #4

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Regulatory Developments - Under Review: Deposit Insurance Assessments for Small Banks - On Jan. 21, the FDIC approved revised proposed rules on risk-based federal deposit insurance assessments for small banks...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Swaps Executed as Part of Certain Package Transactions

On October 14, 2015, the Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an additional extension of no-action relief for swaps executed as part of “package” transactions....more

CFTC Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Swap Execution Facilities from Certain “Block Trade” Requirements

On November 2nd, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) extended no-action relief to Swap Execution Facilities (“SEFs”) from the “occurs away” requirement in the definition of “block trade” under CFTC...more

CFTC not planning on anonymity for swaps market

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CFTC Chairman, Timothy Massad, spoke on changes regulators are working on surrounding swap execution facilities. He said CFTC is not planning to force trading to be anonymous on new trading platforms for swaps....more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #5

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Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes to Amend Administrative Proceedings Rules: On Sept. 24 the SEC announced that it had voted to propose amendments to rules governing its administrative proceedings. The...more

3…The Number of Weeks in a Row for Bitcoin Related CFTC Guidance…CFTC Settles With Bitcoin SEF Over Wash Sales / Prearranged...

by Perkins Coie on

On September 24th, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) settled charges against TeraExchange LLC, a provisionally registered bitcoin swap execution facility (SEF). The charges stem from a non-deliverable...more

Bitcoin Week in Review 09.19.15 – 09.25.15

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

CFTC Moves Against Bitcoin Transactions

In the space of just seven days, the CFTC has brought two enforcement actions regarding Bitcoin transactions. Coinflip, Inc. In the first action, the CFTC issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges...more

CFTC Brings First Enforcement Action Against Unregistered Bitcoin Options Trading Platform

by Perkins Coie on

On September 17th, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced an enforcement order and settlement against an unregistered bitcoin options trading platform. The order is notable for six reasons: 1) It is...more

Bitcoin Week in Review: 09.04.15 – 09.11.15

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

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #3

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Regulatory Developments: CFTC Grants Temporary Registration as SEF to LedgerX Bitcoin Options Exchange and Clearing House - On Sept. 10 the CFTC announced that it had issued an Order of Temporary Registration as a...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2015 #3

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

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