May 12, 2014

CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Announces Streamlined Approach for Considering Requests for Relief from Registration for Delegating Commodity Pool Operators

Washington, DC — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) announced in a letter today a streamlined approach for considering requests for registration no-action relief on an expedited basis from commodity pool operators (CPO) who delegate certain activities to a registered CPO.

The letter DSIO issued today does not provide CPO registration relief. Rather, it establishes a streamlined approach under which DSIO will consider requests for no-action relief from CPO registration and the form of request for relief a CPO must submit under that approach. DSIO will issue individual responses to each requestor seeking relief.

Under this streamlined approach, the relief would be limited to certain circumstances and subject to a number of conditions, including that the delegating CPO represent in its form of request that certain specified criteria are met. However, DSIO intends to continue to consider requests for CPO registration relief involving delegating CPOs where the specified criteria set forth in the letter cannot be met. The streamlined approach is intended to allow DSIO to more efficiently address the numerous pending and expected requests for relief from delegating CPOs who meet the criteria set forth in the letter.

Last Updated: May 12, 2014