Title

SEC and CFTC Turn to Swaps and Security-Based Swaps Enforcement
Client Memorandum

Created date

6/24/2015

The week of June 15, 2015 saw two of the first publicly announced enforcement actions brought by the SEC and CFTC to enforce security-based swap and swap regulatory requirements under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. The SEC accepted an offer of settlement from a web-based “exchange” for, among other things, offering security-based swaps to retail investors in violation of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In a separate action, the CFTC obtained a federal court order against a Kansas City man in a case alleging violations of the antifraud provisions of the swap dealer external business conduct rules in Part 23 of the CFTC regulations. Swap dealers and security-based swap market participants may wish to consider these orders and the agencies' approach to enforcement as firms further develop, review and update their compliance programs.