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Regulators Weigh in on Digital Assets, Tokens, Securities, and Derivative Instruments Used in ICOs

The rise of blockchain technology ventures raising money preternaturally through initial coin offerings and token generation events (collectively, ICOs) is a capital formation disruptor, one which has and will continue to spawn considerable futures, fortunes, failures — and frauds. Blockchain-based ICOs have, through 121 offerings closed during January-August 2017, raised over $1.78 billion, with an … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Carl Fornaris and William Mack Participate at FMA’s Legal and Legislative Issues Conference

Shareholders Carl A. Fornaris and William B. Mack of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP will be participating at the Financial Markets Association’s 2017 Treasury and Capital Markets Legal and Legislative Issues Conference, Oct. 25 – Oct. 26. Mack is also a member of the conference’s 2017 Program Planning Committee. Fornaris will be moderating, “Recent … Continue Reading

Details on the CFTC’s New Self-Reporting Policy

On Sept. 25, 2017, the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement and the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at New York University School of Law hosted a policy speech by James McDonald, Director of the Division of Enforcement, United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Mr. McDonald presented the CFTC’s new self-reporting and cooperation … Continue Reading

No Action Relief Regarding Variation Margin Rules

Yesterday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) announced the issuance of a time-limited no-action letter stating that, from March 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017, DSIO will not recommend an enforcement action against a swap dealer (SD) for failure to comply with the variation margin requirements … Continue Reading

The US Attorney, CFTC, and Navinder Sarao

We have previously provided updates1 on the Navinder Singh Sarao case, pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  After being charged in February 2015 with fraud and spoofing related to the 2010 Flash Crash, Sarao, then resident in the United Kingdom, fought a yearlong, multiple-appeal battle against extradition, before he … Continue Reading

Coscia Gets 3 Years in Prison: The Criminalization of Trading Commodities?

Sarao, Coscia, and now the Berkshire Power Company, each charged with crimes – spoofing, fraud, false information – relating to commodity trading. Commodity traders likely have incorporated into their compliance regimes the general risk that allegations of criminal fraud could arise. These criminal matters no longer appear to be isolated instances and, instead, counsel for … Continue Reading

Propriety of Constitutional Challenges to Agency Administrative Proceedings Discussed by Federal Regulators, and Supported by at Least One

Top enforcement chiefs from the SEC, CFTC, DOJ and FINRA participated on a panel discussion of current enforcement trends and issues during the Current Enforcement Issues Panel discussion as part of this week’s SIFMA Compliance and Legal Division annual seminar.    The agenda at the SEC dominated much of the discussion. SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney … Continue Reading

CFTC Issues Sweeping Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Automated Trading

On Nov. 24, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously proposed a set of sweeping rules that would govern individuals and entities engaged in automated trading on U.S. designated contract markets (DCM). One of the more notable components of these rules, collectively known as Regulation Automated Trading (Reg AT), governs the maintenance of source … Continue Reading

CFTC Picking Up the Pace of Whistleblower Program

Both the SEC and the CFTC were authorized by the Dodd-Frank Act to reward certain persons for providing information that leads to an enforcement action.  Prompted by such a “whistleblower’s” notification, the CFTC investigated and initiated a widely-reported civil enforcement action against a trader.  Under the CFTC’s implementation of the whistleblower program, for information that … Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Viewed as Market Risk by CFTC

In a recent public speech, CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad described cybersecurity as “perhaps the single most important new risk to market integrity and financial stability.”  On March 18, 2015, CFTC staff conducted a roundtable regarding this topic, during which CFTC suggested possible proposed rulemaking.  CFTC staff said that CFTC is considering a rule imposing cybersecurity … Continue Reading
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