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April 16, 2014

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Permits Cantor Clearinghouse to Clear Certain Foreign Exchange Options

On February 11, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an amended order that allows Cantor Clearinghouse, L.P. (Cantor), a registered derivatives clearing organization, to clear: (i) foreign exchange spot index binary flex options contracts (FXSI contracts) that are financially settled based on foreign currency pairs of major money center currencies; and (ii) thereafter, additional binary options contracts that are fully margined, have risk profiles similar to the FXSI contracts, and for which there is an underlying commodity. Cantor is permitted to act as a derivatives clearing organization only for contracts traded on the Cantor Futures Exchange, L.P.

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Kenneth M. Rosenzweig, Katten Muchin Law Firm, Financial Institutions
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Kenneth M. Rosenzweig focuses his practice on financial services matters, with an emphasis on the trading and clearing of financial instruments. Ken represents derivatives clearing organizations, designated contract markets and swap execution facilities, in addition to futures commission merchants, banks and other commercial participants in the exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives markets.

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Blake J. Brockway, Finance Attorney, Katten Muchin Law Firm
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Blake J. Brockway concentrates his practice in financial service matters.

Mr. Brockway received his Bachelor of Science, with distinction, from Iowa State University in 2005. He received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law in 2009, where he was selected to the Order of the Coif. During law school, Mr. Brockway served a research staff member of the DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal and his comment, "Applying Federal Securities Laws to Chapter 11 Claim Conversions," was published in Volume 7, Issue 4...

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