CFTC

CFTC Approves Final Rule Regarding Registration Requirements for Commodity Pool Operators

 

On June 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) finalized a rule to prohibit certain commodity pool operators from relying on the registration exemptions found in Regulation 4.13 in Title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations (“Regulation 4.13”). The final rule generally prohibits persons who have, or whose principals have, any of the disqualifying factors listed in Section 8a (2) of the Commodity Exchange Act from claiming one of the exemptions to the commodity-pool-operator registration requirements set forth in Regulation 4.13. Release.

CFTC: Interim Final Rule – Uncleared Swaps Margin – Proposed Rule: CPO Registration Exemption

 

On May 28, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved an interim rule to grant an extension of the compliance schedule for initial margin requirements for uncleared swaps in response to operational challenges certain entities are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFTC also approved a proposed rule that amends regulation 3.10(c)(3), which provides an exemption from registration as a CPO for certain persons located outside the U.S. who are operating offshore commodity pools that are neither offered nor sold to U.S. participants. Release.

CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight Supplements No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs from Certain CFTC Regulations for Correction of Errors

 

On January 8, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter that provides an alternative error correction process by which swap execution facilities (SEFs) and designated contract markets (DCMs) may permit counterparties to determine that an error has occurred and correct the error, subject to ex post facto review by the SEF or DCM. The no-action letter supplements the relief provided in CFTC Letter 17-27, which provided relief from certain CFTC regulations to permit SEFs and DCMs to correct clerical or operational errors discovered after a swap has been cleared. CFTC Release.

Agencies Publish Rule Excluding Community Banks from Volcker Rule

 

On July 9, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Reserve Board, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a final rule that excludes community banks from the Volcker Rule, which restricts banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading and from owning, sponsoring or having certain relationships with hedge funds or private equity funds. Under the final rule that was adopted, community banks with $10 billion or less in total consolidated assets, and which have total trading assets and liabilities that are 5% or less than such community bank’s total consolidated assets, will be excluded from the Volcker Rule.

 

CFTC Approves a Final Rule Revising Privacy Notice Requirements

 

On April 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved a final rule to revise an existing CFTC regulation that currently requires certain merchants and dealers, among other persons, to provide annual privacy notices to customers. The new rule will remove this requirement to provide annual privacy notices when certain conditions are met. Release.

CFTC and MAS Mutually Recognize Certain Derivatives Trading Venues in the U.S. and Singapore

 

On March 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order exempting certain derivatives trading facilities regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from the requirement to register with the CFTC as swap execution facilities (SEFs), and MAS announced the issuance of regulations exempting certain derivatives trading venues regulated by the CFTC from the requirement to be a MAS-authorized approved exchange (AE) or recognized market operator (RMO) before establishing or operating an organized market. Press Release. CFTC Order of Exemption. MAS Order of Exemption.

UK and US Authorities Release Statement on Post-Brexit Continuity of Derivatives Trading and Clearing

 

On February 25, the Bank of England (BoE), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a joint statement detailing the measures that will be taken to ensure the continuity of UK-US derivatives trading and clearing activities after Brexit.

The measures address:

UK equivalence for the US: UK authorities have confirmed that US trading venues, firms and central counterparties (CCPs) will be able to continue providing services in the UK. The basis on which these trading venues, firms and CCPs currently provide services in the EU and to EU firms is as a result of various decisions taken by the European Commission in declaring the CFTC regulatory framework equivalent.

Continued supervisory co-operation: The FCA and CFTC will update their memorandums of understanding (MoUs) covering certain firms in the derivatives and the alternative investment fund industry. The BoE and CFTC will update their MoU covering clearing activity, in connection with the UK’s forthcoming recognition of CFTC-registered CCPs.

Extension of existing CFTC relief and comparability for the UK: The CFTC intends that existing regulatory relief granted by the CFTC to EU firms, including UK firms, will be extended to UK firms when the UK leaves the EU.