Latham & Watkins discusses CFTC’s Enforcement Action Against Online Cryptocurrency Exchange

A recent enforcement action reflects the CFTC’s expanded jurisdiction and provides further clarity on what constitutes “actual delivery” in cryptocurrency trading.

On June 2, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order (the Bitfinex Order) filing, and simultaneously settling, charges against Hong Kong-based BFXNA, Inc., d/b/a Bitfinex (Bitfinex), in connection with Bitfinex’s operation of an online cryptocurrency trading platform (the Platform).[1] Specifically, the Bitfinex Order finds that Bitfinex facilitated the execution of illegal, off-exchange commodity transactions in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act (the CEA) by (i) permitting retail and non-retail users to engage in financed … Read more

Latham explains Proposed Rules on Dodd-Frank Incentive Compensation Requirements for Financial Institutions

On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration (the NCUA) issued a proposed rule regarding incentive-based compensation paid by certain financial institutions (the Proposed Rule) to implement Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Section 956).1 Section 956 requires various Federal agencies to issue regulations that limit certain incentive compensation practices at financial institutions. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the OCC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the FDIC) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the FHFA) released their respective versions of the proposed rule on April 26, 2016, and the … Read more

Latham & Watkins discusses SEC Adopting Final Crowdfunding Rules

On October 30, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules to permit companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (the Crowdfunding Rules).1 The Crowdfunding Rules enable investors to purchase securities in crowdfunding offerings, subject to certain limitations, and require issuers relying on the Crowdfunding Rules to disclose certain information about their business and offering, as mandated by Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). Specifically, the Crowdfunding Rules permit an issuer to raise a maximum aggregate amount of US$1 million through crowdfunding offerings in a 12-month period and allow investors to … Read more

CFTC Adopts Long-Awaited Rule on Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) and Other Swaps Trading Rules

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), on May 16, 2013, took long-awaited action to approve four separate rules and guidance.  The rulemakings, pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) concern:

• Core principles and other requirements for swap execution facilities (SEFs);
• The process for a designated contract market (DCM) or SEF to make a swap available to trade under Section 2(h)(8) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA); and
• Procedures to establish the appropriate minimum block size for large notional off-facility swaps and block trades.

That same day, the CFTC also … Read more

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