Fitch Ratings views the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) issued by regulators to amend the Volcker Rule and relax limits on certain private equity (PE) and hedge fund investments, known as "covered funds" as indicative of loosening regulation and recalibration of post-crisis regulatory rules.
Legal & Regulation
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC has filed a civil enforcement action charging Winston Reed Investments LLC (WRI) and its vice president and investment consultant, Mark N Pyatt a/k/a Daniel Randolph, a former North Carolina resident, with misappropriation of customer funds and fraudulent solicitation in connection with a commodity pool.
The Alternative Investment Management Association says the plan to add the Cayman Islands – the major offshore domicile for the global hedge fund industry – to a tax haven blacklist remains an “open matter” until any formal decision is reached.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order simultaneously filing and settling charges against Matthew . White and MW Global Futures LLC (MWGF), both of Florida, for fraudulently soliciting approximately USD1.2 million for a pooled investment vehicle trading commodity futures contracts, misappropriating over USD280,000 in pool participants’ funds to pay for personal expenses, and operating without registration as required.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a civil enforcement action against defendants Q3 Holdings, and Q3 I, and their principal, Michael Ackerman for fraudulently soliciting over USD33 million to purportedly trade digital assets and misappropriating a substantial portion of the funds raised.
City law firm McCarthy Denning has appointed Justin Conway, a pan-European Special Situations and Credit Trading lawyer, as a Partner in its Banking & Finance Department.
International law firm Sullivan & Worcester has appointed Jennifer Pastarnack as a partner to lead its firmwide Global Debt and Claims Trading practice in New York.
By Ian Gobin (pictured) & Philip Graham – 2020 is a presidential election year in the US. Economists generally forecast a period leading up to it which avoids any major US financial market upsets. However, this time it’s building up to be anything other than a normal election year.
Commodity pool operator and CEO to pay more than USD10m for misleading statements and supervisory failures
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Catalyst Capital Advisors, of Huntington, New York, and its CEO, Jerry Szilagyi, for materially misleading statements made by Catalyst and one of its portfolio managers, and for failing to implement an adequate supervisory system to prevent such misstatements.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order filing and settling charges against Propex Derivatives Pty Ltd, a proprietary trading firm headquartered in Australia, for spoofing in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange E-mini S&P 500 futures market.