Commodity Trading Advisors

In CFTC Letter 17-48, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) indicated that it would not recommend enforcement action against the manager of a oil and gas fund and its subsidiaries for failure to register as a commodity pool operator (“CPO”) or a commodity trading advisor (“CTA”).  As background, the manager intended to use over-the-counter swap transactions (“Swaps”) to hedge commodity price risks relating to oil and natural gas investments made by the fund and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Fund”).  The following are the key facts presented in CFTC Letter 17-48:
Continue Reading CFTC Grants CPO/CTA No-Action Relief to Oil and Gas Fund and Its Operating Subsidiaries

On February 12th, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued CFTC Letter No. 16-08.  This no-action letter clarifies that an intermediary located outside of the United States (a “Foreign Intermediary”) will not need to register as commodity pool operator (“CPO”), a commodity trading advisor (“CTA”), or an introducing broker (“IB”), as long as the following conditions are met:

  1. The Foreign Intermediary is located outside the United States; and
  2. The Foreign Intermediary acts only on behalf of  persons located outside the United States.

This posting provides additional information in respect of this no-action letter, which we expect will be of interest to non-U.S. hedge funds and investment advisers that use CFTC-regulated derivatives in connection with their investment strategies.
Continue Reading Attention Non-U.S. Funds and Advisers: Registration Exemption for Offshore CPOs, CTAs and IBs That Use Non-Cleared Derivatives

Happy New Year!

As a reminder, any person claiming certain relief from the requirement to register as a commodity pool operator (CPO) or commodity trading advisor (CTA) must submit an annual affirmation to the National Futures Association (“NFA”) by February 29, 2016. In particular, such affirmation must be filed by any person relying on the exemption or exclusion available under any of the following Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) rules:
Continue Reading CPOs and CTAs: Affirm Exemptions Before February 29, 2016

On January 15th, the National Futures Association (“NFA”) issued its Notice to Members I-15-02 (the “NTM”).

The NTM will be of interest to NFA Members, such as futures commission merchants (“FCMs”) and introducing brokers (“IBs”), and any entity in a mutual or hedge fund complex that has not yet affirmed its status for calendar year 2015 as:

  • an exempt commodity pool operator (“CPO”) under Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Regulation 4.13(a)(1), 4.13(a)(2), 4.13(a)(3), or 4.13(a)(5);
  • an excluded CPO under CFTC Regulation 4.5; or
  • an exempt commodity trading advisor (“CTA”) under CFTC Regulation 4.14(a)(8).

These annual affirmations are due by March 2, 2015.

The remainder of this posting is an overview of the NTM, which is available here.

Continue Reading NFA Notice to Members I-15-02: Affirm CPO/CTA Exemptions and Exclusions by March 2nd, NFA Members Given Tools to Monitor Affirmations