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FERC 2021 Annual Report on Enforcement: A Commitment to Vigorous Enforcement

On November 18, 2021, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Enforcement issued its annual report on enforcement. The report details FERC’s enforcement priorities and summarizes enforcement actions taken over the previous year. FERC’s 2021 priorities were largely the same as 2020, with a continued focus on market manipulation and market conduct. However, the …

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NYSE Proposing Rule Change to Longstanding Market-on-Close (“MOC”)/Limit-on-Close (“LOC”) Order Handling Requirements

On December 14, 2021, the NYSE proposed a change to rule 7.35B relating to the cancellation of MOC, LOC and Closing IO Orders. NYSE rules have historically allowed the cancellation of MOC, LOC and Closing IO orders to correct legitimate errors between 3:50 PM and 3:58 PM.  Attempts to cancel at 3:58 PM or later …

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UK: Market Watch 68 Advises Firms to Know Their Traders Using Capture, Record and Surveillance Techniques

On 16 November 2021, the UK FCA released Market Watch 68, a newsletter focusing on and revisiting the topic of order and trade capture. As far back as Market Watch 48 in June 2015, there have been concerns surrounding the effectiveness and integrity of data used for market surveillance with consideration for firms to design …

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ESMA Algorithmic Trading Recommendations You Should Know About

On September 28, 2021, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released the “MiFID II/MiFIR Review Report on Algorithmic Trading.” While there were no fundamental issues uncovered by the report – and the regulatory regime for algorithmic trading as set out in MiFID II and MiFIR has for the most part delivered its objectives – …

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Don’t Be a Poster Child for Regulatory Enforcement

On June 22-23, Eventus co-hosted an event, Shining a Light on Digital Asset Markets 2021, with ADAM.  One focus area was the institutional adoption of digital assets, with the need for regulatory clarity standing out as a consistent theme. SEC Commissioner Peirce channeled that concern, stating, “My complaint has been that too much of the conversation …

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UK: The FCA’s Take on Market Abuse Surveillance

In a February 6, 2020 speech by Mark Steward, Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) described the successful results of a strategic and integrated approach to the FCA’s market integrity efforts. These efforts included enforcement, primary and secondary oversight and surveillance and wholesale supervision.  Further, he issues a …

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CANADA: The Application of Securities Legislation to Crypto Asset Trading Platforms (CTPs)

On March 29, 2021, The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) published a Notice to provide guidance on how securities legislation applies to Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms (CTPs) that facilitate trading so Security Tokens and Crypto Contracts. The Notice alerts CTPs that they are already subject to existing requirements …

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APAC: Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (“FSTB”): Public Consultation on Legislative Proposals to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Regulation in Hong Kong

At the beginning of November, the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (“FSTB”) released a public consultation seeking views on legislative proposals to enhance anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (“AML/CTF”) regulation in Hong Kong for virtual asset service providers (VASPs) and dealers in precious metals and stones (DPMS).  As part of its goal to enhance …

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