Tagged: CFTC

DOJ and CFTC Settle Spoofing Case with Scotiabank for $127.4 Million

In the last five years, the Justice Department and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission have aggressively prosecuted “spoofing” cases.  While the government’s record in these cases has been mixed, the government has been successful in securing guilty pleas and winning high-profile trials against traders. Prosecutors have continued to push spoofing prosecutions to root out the conduct.  “Spoofing” refers to traders who engage in bogus conduct...

Former CFTC Chairman Calls to Strengthen Cryptocurrency Regulations

Matt Stankiewicz rejoins us for another posting on cryptocurrency compliance. Matt can be reached at mstankiewicz@volkovlaw.com. Just this month, former CFTC Chairman Timothy G. Massad released a report through the Brookings Institution entitled “It’s Time to Strengthen the Regulation of Crypto-Assets.”  Interestingly enough, Mr. Massad was at the helm of the CFTC during the financial crisis.  He even notes that he “share[s] the desire to...

Who’s on First, What’s on Second – Who is Regulating ICOs, Cryptocurrencies and Exchange Platforms?

Abbott and Costello’s famous routine — Who’s on First, What’s on Second — puts cryptocurrency regulation and enforcement risks in perspective.  Here is the classic comedy routine. When new technologies appear on the scene, Washington regulation is sure to follow.  The exact configuration can take years to sort out, especially when it comes to financial products, given the labyrinth of regulatory bodies seeking to lay...