As mid-year 2018 approaches, we have updated our brief deck summarizing the leadership and staffing changes among federal financial regulators, including announced nominations and resignations and expiring terms.  The first slide summaries the state of play for the principals, and the later slides provide a deeper dive on an agency-by-agency
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CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo and CFTC Chief Economist Bruce Tuckman released a White Paper on April 26, 2018 that reflects the authors’ personal views on the need for swaps regulatory reforms in the United States in five key areas:

  1. swap execution on swap execution facilities (“SEFs”);
  2. trade


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A Cryptocurrency and DLT Newsletter – April 5, 2018

Authored by Jai R. Massari, Christophe Perchet, Byron B. Rooney, Daniel Arroche, Trevor I. Kiviat, Daniela Dekhtyar-McCarthy and Andrew Ruben

Market Developments

Web Platforms Continue to Ban ICO-Related Advertisements

The SEC increasingly is focusing its enforcement authority not only on companies
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For the first time, the CFTC has fined a company for poor cybersecurity practices that resulted in a third-party breach of the company’s information systems.  This development is consistent with an increasing trend of regulators holding companies responsible for the cybersecurity failures of third-party service providers.

AMP Global Clearing LLC
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Among the virtual currency transactions that are within the scope of CFTC regulation are leveraged, margined, or financed transactions in virtual currencies offered to retail customers. These retail commodity transactions are illegal unless traded on a regulated futures exchange and cleared through a futures commission merchant. They include any transaction:
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With virtual currency markets booming and bitcoin prices at record highs, U.S. financial regulators have been—each in its own manner—considering whether and how to regulate virtual currencies and related products.  Last week, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that three futures exchanges—CME, Cboe Futures Exchange, and Cantor Exchange—self-certified
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Among the many topics covered by the Treasury Department’s recent report[1] on the asset management and insurance industries are recommendations to simplify the regulation of commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors (CTAs), particularly for those that are regulated by both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and
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The U.S. Treasury’s new Capital Markets Report recommends additional administrative requirements for regulatory actions by the SEC and the CFTC (the “Agencies”).  If adopted, the process by which the Agencies issue new regulations and guidance may be more transparent and subjected to more rigorous cost-benefit analysis.  Rulemaking and issuing no-action
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CFTC Chairman Giancarlo testified this morning that he intends to delay for an additional year a decision on whether to modify the currently effective swap dealer de minimis registration threshold of $8 billion notional of dealing swaps.[1] This request follows on the heels of a recommendation by the U.S. Treasury,
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