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Bracewell LLP | USA | 5 Jul 2016

District Court Denies Kraft’s Motion to Dismiss Claims of Market Manipulation

On June 27, 2016, a federal judge denied Kraft Foods Group Inc.’s (“Kraft”) motion to dismiss a proposed class action against the company for


Bracewell LLP | USA | 20 Jun 2016

CFTC Seeks Comments Regarding ICE Futures U.S. Rules Governing Trading on Non-Public Information After ICE and NYMEX Interpretations Differ on “Pre-Hedging” Block Trades

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) is seeking comments regarding an amendment (Submission No. 16-67) ICE Futures U.S. (“ICE”) has


Bracewell LLP | USA | 1 Apr 2016

U.S. Futures Exchanges Liberalize Exceptions to Position Limit Aggregation Rules

Effective March 18, 2016 and April 4, 2016 respectively, the major U.S. futures exchanges, ICE Futures U.S., Inc. ("ICE") and the CME Group


Bracewell LLP | USA | 29 Jan 2016

Monthly Futures Exchange Issuance Report: December 2015

On November 4, 2015, the Chairman of the CFTC, Timothy Massad, gave a speech to the Futures Industry Association Futures and Options Expo, in which


Bracewell LLP | USA | 16 Jul 2015

CFTC v. Kraft Foods: what is market manipulation?

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is engaged in its first court battle interpreting its new anti-manipulation authority under the


Bracewell LLP | USA | 5 May 2015

Monthly futures exchange issuance report: April 2015

This report summarizes material notices from CME Group and ICE Futures, with a particular focus on energy. It is not intended to be a comprehensive


Bracewell LLP | USA | 19 Feb 2014

Could you be a commodity trading advisor or commodity pool operator and not know it?

As the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ("CFTC") Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight recently reminded market participants in a


Bracewell LLP | USA | 10 May 2011

CFTC proposes a swap product definition and capital requirements under Dodd-Frank

At a public meeting on April 27, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or the Commission) proposed two new rulemakings pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) to address: (i) the further definition of certain products regulated by the Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Dodd-Frank, including "swap"; and (ii) capital requirements for non-bank swap dealers and major swap participants (SDMSPs).


Bracewell LLP | USA | 26 Jan 2011

Position limits rule would limit swap positions

Exercising new authority Congress conferred on it in the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), in a January 13 rulemaking proposal the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposes to impose limit on holdings of certain derivatives, including swaps linked to energy commodity prices.


Bracewell LLP | USA | 24 Jan 2011

CFTC approves position limits proposal for derivatives

On January 13, 2011, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NOPR") regarding the imposition of federally-mandated position limits for derivatives, including swaps, under the CFTC's new authority over derivatives markets pursuant to the Dodd Frank Act.

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