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Felix Shipkevich May 16, 2018

CFTC No Action from Including International Swaps for Global Development   CFTC Reduces Marketplace Barriers for Global Development Initiatives May 16, 2018 Washington, DC — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) today granted relief to non-US counterparties who enter into swaps with International Financial Institutions (IFIs), such as development banks. […]

Felix Shipkevich May 9, 2018

Last week the NFA sent a notice regarding the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as it applies to Virtual Currency such as Bitcoin. The NFA urges its Futures Commission Merchants (FCM) and Introducing Brokers (IB’s) to review the OFAC FAQ for cryptocurrency transactions compliance with their Anti-Money Laundering program.

Felix Shipkevich April 27, 2018

ATM Coin Part of Binary Options Fraud by Blue Bit Banc, CFTC Order Freezes Assets Last week a new cryptocurrency called ATM Coin was involved with CFTC charges against a Binary Options fraud scheme by Blue Bit Banc and other entities. Blake Kantor, aka Bill Gordon, and Nathan Mullins along with companies Blue Bit bank, […]

Felix Shipkevich April 2, 2018

Aegis Capital Pays $1.3 Million for Anti-Money Laundering Violations FINRA and the Securities Exchange Commission have fined Aegis Capital Corp., NY based Broker-Dealer, $550,000 and $750,000, respectively, in enforcement actions for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Violations. FINRA Fines Aegis Capital Corp. $550,000 On March 28th FINRA announced in a press release that they had fined Aegis Capital over half […]

Felix Shipkevich December 22, 2017

Not-for-profit FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) issued a warning titled “Dont Fall for Cryptocurrency-Related Stock Scams” alerting investros of Bitcoin and ICO frauds. FINRA is not part of any federal government agency. Instead the non-profit organization is authorized by Congress as self-regulatory organization (SRO) to regulate the broker-dealer industry. In their investor alert they warn against […]

Felix Shipkevich December 12, 2017

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight responded to a letter from the Futures Industry Association (FIA) requesting guidance for Commodity Trading Advisor (CTAs) registration requirements. The Division stated in a staff letter that commodity trading advice conducted “solely incidental” to a profession, or “solely in connection with” business is not subject to […]

Felix Shipkevich December 12, 2017

Last week the European Commission (EC) and the CFTC announced mutual recognition of each other’s derivatives trading venues, fulfilling the Common Approach announced this October the 13th, 2017 by the two regulatory agencies. On Tuesday, December 5, 2017 the EC announced it adopted an equivalence decision to recognize certain trading venues authorized by the CFTC […]

Felix Shipkevich October 23, 2017

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo and European Commission (EC) Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis announced a common approach for the mutual recognition of EU and US derivatives trading venues. The two regulatory bodies have made a joint announcement to ensure that both US and EU swap market counterparts are able to comply with […]

Felix Shipkevich August 4, 2017

Christopher Giancarlo was nominated by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as the Chairman of the regulatory agency. Moreover, Brian Quintenz and Rostin Behnam, both of who are Republican nominees, were confirmed as CFTC Commissioners. However, a third Republican nominee, Dawn Stump, did not receive the same treatment. According to a Senate Democratic aide, […]