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Release: #4900-04
For Release: March 17, 2004

CFTC AND IRISH FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATORY AUTHORITY SIGN STATEMENT OF INTENT

Washington, D.C. – On March 17, 2004, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority (IFSRA) signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) concerning consultation and cooperation in the administration and enforcement of futures laws. CFTC Chairman James E. Newsome and IFSRA Prudential Director Patrick Neary signed the SOI on behalf of their respective authorities in Boca Raton, Florida, during the Future Industry Association’s Annual International Futures Industry Conference.

According to the SOI, the CFTC and the IFSRA recognize an “increased international activity in futures transactions and the corresponding need for mutual cooperation.” To this end, the SOI provides a framework for information sharing, thereby facilitating cooperation in cross-border investigations of potential violations of commodity futures and options laws.

Commenting on the SOI with Ireland, CFTC Chairman Newsome stated:

We are pleased to sign the SOI today with the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority. Ireland has long been an important international derivatives center, with which the Commission has had a relationship dating back to 1994, when the Commission approved the New York Board of Trade’s FINEX Division trading floor in Dublin. The SOI we sign today provides a direct information sharing arrangement with the IFSRA that will be an important tool in ensuring the integrity of markets and in enhancing the protection of customers in both countries.

In addition to the SOI signed today, the CFTC has bilateral cooperative arrangements with authorities in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada (Ontario and Québec), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The CFTC also is authorized to request assistance from Switzerland under the US-Swiss treaty on mutual assistance in criminal matters.

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