Financial services regulatory reform in 2018 continues to evolve.  For those of you who have been thinking you might catch up over the summer lull, here is the summer beach read edition of our reference tool, which provides context and summarizes current developments across a range of key regulatory areas, … Read More

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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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 … Read More

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, … Read More

There has been significant attention to the first major policy speech by the CFTC’s newly-minted Enforcement Division Director, James McDonald on September 25, 2017.  Mr. McDonald’s speech outlined the Enforcement Division’s updated approach to self-reporting and cooperation, as described in an enforcement advisory update issued to coincide with his speech … Read More

In a closely watched case, the Seventh Circuit last week affirmed the felony conviction of Michael Coscia, a New Jersey high frequency trader, rejecting his arguments that the anti-spoofing provision in the Commodity Exchange Act under which he was charged is unconstitutionally vague and that the evidence in the … Read More

The CFTC’s position limit rules, which currently apply to limited types of futures contracts and options on futures, include aggregation requirements that specify the circumstances under which positions controlled or held by a person must be counted together for purposes of the position limits.  These aggregation rules were significantly amended … Read More

The CFTC staff has once again extended its no-action relief from the “arrange, negotiate or execute” provisions of CFTC Advisory 13-69, the controversial 2013 advisory that applies transaction-level swap requirements based on the involvement of U.S.-located personnel.  Today’s relief differs from previous relief in that it does not have … Read More

The CFTC’s swap reporting rules, which were among the first swap rules finalized after Dodd-Frank, have also been among the most technically difficult for the industry to implement.  Regulatory and market participants agree that these technical difficulties have resulted in poor quality and inconsistent swap data, impeding the goal of … Read More

Few have embraced President Trump’s Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the U.S. Financial System as swiftly and decisively as CFTC Acting Chair Christopher Giancarlo. His Project KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid, announced within weeks of the Executive Order, is an agency-wide internal review focused on simplifying … Read More