Foreign Futures and Options Transactions, 74861-74864 [2020-24659]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / Rules and Regulations the amendatory language for part 97 of this final rule. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES The Rule This amendment to 14 CFR part 97 is effective upon publication of each separate SIAP, Takeoff Minimums and ODP as amended in the transmittal. Some SIAP and Takeoff Minimums and textual ODP amendments may have been issued previously by the FAA in a Flight Data Center (FDC) Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) as an emergency action of immediate flights safety relating directly to published aeronautical charts. The circumstances that created the need for some SIAP and Takeoff Minimums and ODP amendments may require making them effective in less than 30 days. For the remaining SIAPs and Takeoff Minimums and ODPs, an effective date at least 30 days after publication is provided. Further, the SIAPs and Takeoff Minimums and ODPs contained in this amendment are based on the criteria contained in the U.S. Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS). In developing these SIAPs and Takeoff Minimums and ODPs, the TERPS criteria were applied to the conditions existing or anticipated at the affected airports. Because of the close and immediate relationship between these SIAPs, Takeoff Minimums and ODPs, and safety in air commerce, I find that notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are impracticable and contrary to the public interest and, where applicable, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d), good cause exists for making some SIAPs effective in less than 30 days. The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore—(1) is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. For the same reason, the FAA certifies that this amendment will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 97; Air Traffic Control, Airports, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Nov 23, 2020 Jkt 253001 Issued in Washington, DC, on November 13, 2020. Wade Terrell, Aviation Safety Manager, Flight Procedures & Airspace Group Flight Technologies and Procedures Division. 74861 Petersburg, WV, effective October 16, 2020, is hereby rescinded in its entirety: Petersburg, WV, W99, COPTER RNAV (GPS) X RWY 31, Orig-A [FR Doc. 2020–25767 Filed 11–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 97 (14 CRF part 97) is amended by establishing, amending, suspending, or removing Standard Instrument Approach Procedures and/or Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures effective at 0901 UTC on the dates specified, as follows: COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 30 Foreign Futures and Options Transactions Commodity Futures Trading Commission. AGENCY: PART 97—STANDARD INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURES ACTION: 1. The authority citation for part 97 continues to read as follows: SUMMARY: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 40103, 40106, 40113, 40114, 40120, 44502, 44514, 44701, 44719, 44721–44722. 2. Part 97 is amended to read as follows: ■ Effective 31 December 2020 Courtland, AL, Courtland, VOR RWY 13, Amdt 1B, CANCELLED Bentonville, AR, Bentonville Muni/Louise M Thaden Field, VOR–A, Amdt 14, CANCELLED Defuniak Springs, FL, 54J, RNAV (GPS) RWY 9, Amdt 1B Defuniak Springs, FL, 54J, RNAV (GPS) RWY 27, Amdt 2A Orlando, FL, Kissimmee Gateway, VOR/ DME–A, Amdt 1, CANCELLED Mc Rae, GA, Telfair-Wheeler, NDB RWY 21, Amdt 10A, CANCELLED Montezuma, GA, 53A, NDB RWY 18, Amdt 2A, CANCELLED Marion, IL, KMWA, RNAV (GPS) RWY 2, Amdt 1D Marion, IL, KMWA, RNAV (GPS) RWY 20, Amdt 1D Minneapolis, MN, KMIC, RNAV (GPS) RWY 14, Orig Minneapolis, MN, KMIC, RNAV (GPS) RWY 14L, Orig-A, CANCELLED Minneapolis, MN, KMIC, RNAV (GPS) RWY 32, Orig Minneapolis, MN, Crystal, Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle DP, Amdt 4 Minneapolis, MN, KMIC, VOR OR GPS–A, Amdt 9E, CANCELLED Laconia, NH, Laconia Muni, NDB RWY 8, Amdt 9B, CANCELLED Rochester, NH, KDAW, NDB RWY 33, Amdt 4D Memphis, TN, General Dewitt Spain, VOR RWY 17, Orig-B, CANCELLED Millington, TN, Charles W Baker, VOR RWY 18, Amdt 2A, CANCELLED Rescinded: On November 02, 2020 (85 FR 69149), the FAA published an Amendment in Docket No. 31337 Amdt No. 3927, to Part 97 of the Federal Aviation Regulations under section 97.35. The following entry for PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Order. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is granting an exemption to certain member firms designated by the National Stock Exchange International Financial Service Centre Limited (NSE IFSC) from the application of certain of the Commission’s foreign futures and option regulations based upon substituted compliance with certain comparable regulatory and selfregulatory requirements of a foreign regulatory authority consistent with conditions specified by the Commission, as set forth herein. This Order is issued pursuant to Commission regulation 30.10, which permits persons to file a petition with the Commission for exemption from the application of certain of the regulations set forth in part 30 and authorizes the Commission to grant such an exemption if such action would not be otherwise contrary to the public interest or to the purposes of the provision from which exemption is sought. The Commission notes that this Order does not pertain to any transaction in swaps, as defined in Section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act (Act). This Order is effective November 24, 2020. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Chapin, Associate Chief Counsel, (202) 418–5465, achapin@ cftc.gov, or C. Barry McCarty, Special Counsel, (202) 418–6627, cmccarty@ cftc.gov, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581. The Commission has issued the following Order: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES 74862 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / Rules and Regulations Order Under CFTC Regulation 30.10 Exempting Firms Designated by NSE IFSC Limited (NSE IFSC) From the Application of Certain of the Foreign Futures and Option Regulations the Later of the Date of Publication of the Order Herein in the Federal Register or After Filing of Consents by Such Firms and NSE IFSC, as Appropriate, to the Terms and Conditions of the Order Herein Commission Regulations governing the offer and sale of commodity futures and option contracts traded on or subject to the regulations of a foreign board of trade to customers located in the U.S. are contained in Part 30 of the Commission’s regulations.1 These regulations include requirements for intermediaries with respect to registration, disclosure, capital adequacy, protection of customer funds, recordkeeping and reporting, and sales practice and compliance procedures that are generally comparable to those applicable to transactions on U.S. markets. In formulating a regulatory program to govern the offer and sale of foreign futures and option products to customers located in the U.S., the Commission, among other things, considered the desirability of ameliorating the potential impact of such a program. Based upon these considerations, the Commission determined to permit persons located outside the U.S. and subject to a comparable regulatory structure in the jurisdiction in which they were located to seek an exemption from certain of the requirements under Part 30 of the Commission’s regulations based upon substituted compliance with the regulatory requirements of the foreign jurisdiction.2 Appendix A to Part 30, ‘‘Interpretative Statement With Respect to the Commission’s Exemptive Authority Under § 30.10 of Its Rules’’ (Appendix A), generally sets forth the elements the Commission will evaluate in determining whether a particular regulatory program may be found to be comparable for purposes of exemptive relief pursuant to Regulation 30.10.3 These elements include: (1) Registration, authorization or other form of licensing, fitness review or qualification of persons that solicit and accept customer orders; (2) minimum financial requirements for those persons who accept customer funds; (3) 1 Commission regulations referred to herein are found at 17 CFR Ch. I. 2 ‘‘Foreign Futures and Foreign Options Transactions,’’ 52 FR 28290 (Aug. 5, 1987). 3 52 FR 28990, 29001. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Nov 23, 2020 Jkt 253001 protection of customer funds from misapplication; (4) recordkeeping and reporting requirements; (5) sales practice standards; and (6) procedures to audit for compliance with, and to take action against those persons who violate, the requirements of the program. In addition, Appendix A to Part 30 further provides that any exemption of a general nature based on comparability requires appropriate information sharing arrangements between the Commission and the appropriate governmental agency and/or self-regulatory organization to ensure Commission access on an ‘‘as needed’’ basis to information essential to maintaining standards of customer and market protection within the U.S. Moreover, the Commission specifically stated in adopting Regulation 30.10 that no exemption of a general nature would be granted unless the persons to whom the exemption is to be applied: (1) Submit to jurisdiction in the U.S. by designating an agent for service of process in the U.S. with respect to transactions subject to Part 30 and filing a copy of the agency agreement with the National Futures Association (NFA); (2) agree to provide access to their books and records in the U.S. to the Commission and Department of Justice representatives; and (3) notify NFA of the commencement of business in the U.S.4 Appendix A also specifically states that in considering an exemption request, the Commission will take into account the extent to which United States persons or contracts regulated by the Commission are permitted to engage in futures-related activities or be offered in the country from which an exemption is sought.5 On November 26, 2018, NSE IFSC petitioned the Commission on behalf of its member firms, located and conducting a financial investment business in the Republic of India, for an exemption from the application of the Commission’s Part 30 Regulations to those firms. NSE IFSC amended its petition on various occasions with additional information. In support of its petition, NSE IFSC stated that granting such an exemption with respect to such firms that it has authorized to conduct foreign futures and option transactions on behalf of customers located in the U.S. would not be contrary to the public interest or to the purposes of the provisions from which the exemption is sought because such firms are subject to a regulatory framework comparable to that imposed by the Act and the regulations thereunder. 4 52 5 17 PO 00000 FR 28980, 28981 and 29002. CFR part 30, Appendix A. Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Based upon a review of the petition and supplementary materials filed by NSE IFSC, the Commission has concluded that NSE IFSC has demonstrated to the Commission’s satisfaction that the exemption for relief pursuant to § 30.10(a) is not otherwise contrary to the public interest or to the purposes of the provisions from which exemption is sought. Accordingly, the Commission has determined that compliance with applicable Indian law and NSE IFSC rules may be substituted for compliance with those sections of the Act and regulations thereunder more particularly set forth herein. By this Order, the Commission hereby exempts, subject to specified conditions, those firms identified to the Commission by NSE IFSC as eligible for the relief granted herein from: • Registration with the Commission for firms and for firm representatives; • The requirement in Commission Regulation 30.6(a) and (d), 17 CFR 30.6(a) and (d), that firms provide customers located in the U.S. with the risk disclosure statements in Commission Regulation 1.55(b), 17 CFR 1.55(b), and Commission Regulation 33.7, 17 CFR 33.7, or as otherwise approved under Commission Regulation 1.55(c), 17 CFR 1.55(c); • The separate account requirement contained in Commission Regulation 30.7, 17 CFR 30.7; • Those sections of Part 1 of the Commission’s regulations that apply to foreign futures and options sold in the U.S. as set forth in Part 30; and • Those sections of Part 1 of the Commission’s regulations relating to books and records which apply to transactions subject to Part 30, based upon substituted compliance by such persons with the applicable statutes and regulations in effect in India. This determination to permit substituted compliance is based on, among other things, the Commission’s finding that the regulatory framework governing persons in India who would be exempted hereunder provides: (1) A system of qualification or authorization of firms who deal in transactions subject to regulation under Part 30 that includes, for example, criteria and procedures for granting, monitoring, suspending and revoking licenses, and provisions for requiring and obtaining access to information about authorized firms and persons who act on behalf of such firms; (2) Financial requirements for firms including, without limitation, a requirement for a minimum level of working capital and daily mark-to- E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / Rules and Regulations market settlement and/or accounting procedures; (3) A system for the protection of customer assets that is designed to preclude the use of customer assets to satisfy house obligations and requires separate accounting for such assets; (4) Recordkeeping and reporting requirements pertaining to financial and trade information; (5) Sales practice standards for authorized firms and persons acting on their behalf that include, for example, required disclosures to prospective customers and prohibitions on improper trading advice; (6) Procedures to audit for compliance with, and to redress violations of, the customer protection and sales practice requirements referred to above, including, without limitation, an affirmative surveillance program designed to detect trading activities that take advantage of customers, and the existence of broad powers of investigation relating to sales practice abuses; and (7) Mechanisms for sharing of information between the Commission, NSE IFSC and the Indian regulatory authorities on an ‘‘as needed’’ basis including, without limitation, confirmation data, data necessary to trace funds related to trading futures products subject to regulation in India, position data, and data on firms’ standing to do business and financial condition. Commission staff has concluded, upon review of the petition of NSE IFSC and accompanying exhibits, that NSE IFSC’s regulation of futures and options intermediaries is comparable to that of the U.S. in the areas specified in Appendix A of Part 30, as described above. This Order does not provide an exemption from any provision of the Act or regulations thereunder not specified herein, such as the antifraud provision in Regulation 30.9. Moreover, the relief granted is limited to brokerage activities undertaken on behalf of customers located in the U.S. with respect to transactions entered on or subject to the rules of NSE IFSC for products that customers located in the U.S. may trade.6 The relief does not extend to regulations relating to trading, directly or indirectly, on U.S. exchanges, and does not pertain to any transaction in swaps, as defined in Section 1a(47) of the Act. For example, a NSE IFSC member trading in U.S. markets for its own account would be subject to the Commission’s large trader reporting requirements.7 Similarly, if such a firm were carrying positions on a U.S. exchange on behalf of foreign clients and submitted such transactions for clearing on an omnibus basis through a firm registered as a futures commission merchant under the Act, it would be subject to the reporting requirements applicable to foreign brokers.8 The relief herein is inapplicable where the firm solicits or accepts orders from customers located in the U.S. for transactions on U.S. markets. In that case, the firm must comply with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including the requirement to register in the appropriate capacity. The eligibility of any firm to seek relief under this exemptive Order is subject to the following conditions: (1) The NSE IFSC, as the selfregulatory organization responsible for monitoring the compliance of such firms with the regulatory requirements described in the Regulation 30.10 petition, must represent in writing to the Commission that: (a) Each firm for which relief is sought is registered, licensed or authorized, as appropriate, and is otherwise in good standing under the standards in place in India; such firm is engaged in business with customers located in India as well as in the U.S.; and such firm and its principals and employees who engage in activities subject to Part 30 would not be statutorily disqualified from registration under Section 8a(2) of the Act, 7 U.S.C. 12a(2); (b) It will monitor firms to which relief is granted for compliance with the regulatory requirements for which substituted compliance is accepted and will promptly notify the Commission or NFA of any change in status of a firm that would affect its continued eligibility for the exemption granted hereunder, including the termination of its activities in the U.S.; (c) All transactions with respect to customers located in the U.S. will be made subject to the regulations of NSE IFSC; (d) Customers located in the U.S. will be provided no less stringent regulatory protection than India customers under all relevant provisions of Indian law; and (e) It will cooperate with the Commission with respect to any inquiries concerning any activity subject to regulation under the Part 30 Regulations, including sharing the information specified in Appendix A on an ‘‘as needed’’ basis and will use its 7 See, 6 See, e.g., Sections 2(a)(1)(C) and (D) of the Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Nov 23, 2020 Jkt 253001 8 See, PO 00000 e.g., 17 CFR part 18. e.g., 17 CFR parts 17 and 21. Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 74863 best efforts to notify the Commission if it becomes aware of any information that in its judgment affects the financial or operational viability of a member firm doing business in the U.S. under the exemption granted by this Order. (2) Each firm seeking relief hereunder must represent in writing that it: (a) Is located outside the U.S., its territories and possessions and, where applicable, has subsidiaries or affiliates domiciled in the U.S. with a related business (e.g., banks and broker/dealer affiliates) along with a brief description of each subsidiary’s or affiliate’s identity and principal business in the U.S.; (b) Consents to jurisdiction in the U.S. under the Act by filing a valid and binding appointment of an agent in the U.S. for service of process in accordance with the requirements set forth in Regulation 30.5; (c) Agrees to provide access to its books and records related to transactions under Part 30 required to be maintained under the applicable statutes and regulations in effect in India upon the request of any representative of the Commission or U.S. Department of Justice at the place in the U.S. designated by such representative, within 72 hours, or such lesser period of time as specified by that representative as may be reasonable under the circumstances after notice of the request; (d) Has no principal or employee who solicits or accepts orders from customers located in the U.S. who would be disqualified under Section 8a(2) of the Act, 7 U.S.C. 12a(2), from doing business in the U.S.; (e) Consents to participate in any NFA arbitration program that offers a procedure for resolving customer disputes on the papers where such disputes involve representations or activities with respect to transactions under Part 30, and consents to notify customers located in the U.S. of the availability of such a program; provided, however, that the firm may require its customers located in the U.S. to execute a consent concerning the exhaustion of certain mediation or conciliation procedures made available by NSE IFSC prior to bringing an NFA arbitration proceeding; and (f) Undertakes to comply with the applicable provisions of Indian laws and NSE IFSC rules that form the basis upon which this exemption from certain provisions of the Act and regulations thereunder is granted. As set forth in the Commission’s September 11, 1997 Order delegating to NFA certain responsibilities, the written representations set forth in paragraph E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1 74864 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 227 / Tuesday, November 24, 2020 / Rules and Regulations jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (2) shall be filed with NFA.9 Each firm seeking relief hereunder has an ongoing obligation to notify NFA should there be a material change to any of the representations required in the firm’s application for relief. This Order will become effective as to any designated NSE IFSC firm the later of the date of publication of the Order in the Federal Register or the filing of the consents set forth in paragraphs (2)(a)–(f). Upon filing of the notice required under paragraph (1)(b) as to any such firm, the relief granted by this Order may be suspended immediately as to that firm. That suspension will remain in effect pending further notice by the Commission, or the Commission’s designee, to the firm and NSE IFSC. This Order is issued pursuant to Regulation 30.10 based on the representations made and supporting material provided to the Commission and the recommendation of the staff, and is made effective as to any firm granted relief hereunder based upon the filings and representations of such firms required hereunder. Any material changes or omissions in the facts and circumstances pursuant to which this Order is granted might require the Commission to reconsider its finding that the exemption is not otherwise contrary to the public interest or to the purposes of the provision from which exemption is sought. Further, if experience demonstrates that the continued effectiveness of this Order in general, or with respect to a particular firm, would be contrary to the public interest, or that the systems in place for the exchange of information or other circumstances do not warrant continuation of the exemptive relief granted herein, the Commission may, after appropriate notice and opportunity to respond, condition, modify, suspend, terminate, withhold as to a specific firm, or otherwise restrict the exemptive relief granted in this Order, as appropriate and as permitted by law, on its own motion. The process by which the Commission may terminate relief is set forth in § 30.10(c).10 The Commission will continue to monitor the implementation of its program to exempt firms located in jurisdictions generally deemed to have a 9 62 FR 47792, 47793 (Sept. 11, 1997). Among other duties, the Commission authorized NFA to receive requests for confirmation of Regulation 30.10 relief on behalf of particular firms, to verify such firms’ fitness and compliance with the conditions of the appropriate Regulation 30.10 Order and to grant exemptive relief from registration to qualifying firms. 10 17 CFR 30.10(c). See 85 FR 15359 (Mar. 18, 2020). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:05 Nov 23, 2020 Jkt 253001 comparable regulatory program from the application of certain of the foreign futures and option regulations and will make necessary adjustments if appropriate. Issued in Washington, DC, on November 2, 2020, by the Commission. Robert Sidman, Deputy Secretary of the Commission. Note: The following appendix will not appear in the Code of Federal Regulations. Appendix to Foreign Futures and Options Transactions—Commission Voting Summary On this matter, Chairman Tarbert and Commissioners Quintenz, Behnam, Stump, and Berkovitz voted in the affirmative. No Commissioner voted in the negative. [FR Doc. 2020–24659 Filed 11–23–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6351–01–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 30 Foreign Futures and Options Transactions Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Order. AGENCY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is granting an exemption to certain member firms designated by NZX Limited (NZX) from the application of certain of the Commission’s foreign futures and option regulations based upon substituted compliance with certain comparable regulatory and selfregulatory requirements of a foreign regulatory authority consistent with conditions specified by the Commission, as set forth herein. This Order is issued pursuant to Commission regulation 30.10, which permits persons to file a petition with the Commission for exemption from the application of certain of the regulations set forth in part 30 and authorizes the Commission to grant such an exemption if such action would not be otherwise contrary to the public interest or to the purposes of the provision from which exemption is sought. The Commission notes that this Order does not pertain to any transaction in swaps, as defined in Section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act (Act). DATES: This Order is effective November 24, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Chapin, Associate Chief SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Counsel, (202) 418–5465, achapin@ cftc.gov, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission has issued the following Order: Order Under CFTC Regulation 30.10 Exempting Firms Designated by NZX Limited (NZX) From the Application of Certain of the Foreign Futures and Option Regulations the Later of the Date of Publication of the Order Herein in the Federal Register or After Filing of Consents by Such Firms and NZX, as Appropriate, to the Terms and Conditions of the Order Herein Commission Regulations governing the offer and sale of commodity futures and option contracts traded on or subject to the regulations of a foreign board of trade to customers located in the U.S. are contained in Part 30 of the Commission’s regulations.1 These regulations include requirements for intermediaries with respect to registration, disclosure, capital adequacy, protection of customer funds, recordkeeping and reporting, and sales practice and compliance procedures that are generally comparable to those applicable to transactions on U.S. markets. In formulating a regulatory program to govern the offer and sale of foreign futures and option products to customers located in the U.S., the Commission, among other things, considered the desirability of ameliorating the potential impact of such a program. Based upon these considerations, the Commission determined to permit persons located outside the U.S. and subject to a comparable regulatory structure in the jurisdiction in which they were located to seek an exemption from certain of the requirements under Part 30 of the Commission’s regulations based upon substituted compliance with the regulatory requirements of the foreign jurisdiction.2 Appendix A to Part 30, ‘‘Interpretative Statement With Respect to the Commission’s Exemptive Authority Under § 30.10 of Its Rules’’ (Appendix A), generally sets forth the elements the Commission will evaluate in determining whether a particular regulatory program may be found to be comparable for purposes of exemptive 1 Commission regulations referred to herein are found at 17 CFR Ch. I. 2 ‘‘Foreign Futures and Foreign Options Transactions,’’ 52 FR 28290 (Aug. 5, 1987). E:\FR\FM\24NOR1.SGM 24NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 227 (Tuesday, November 24, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION

17 CFR Part 30


Foreign Futures and Options Transactions

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Order.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) 
is granting an exemption to certain member firms designated by the 
National Stock Exchange International Financial Service Centre Limited 
(NSE IFSC) from the application of certain of the Commission's foreign 
futures and option regulations based upon substituted compliance with 
certain comparable regulatory and self-regulatory requirements of a 
foreign regulatory authority consistent with conditions specified by 
the Commission, as set forth herein. This Order is issued pursuant to 
Commission regulation 30.10, which permits persons to file a petition 
with the Commission for exemption from the application of certain of 
the regulations set forth in part 30 and authorizes the Commission to 
grant such an exemption if such action would not be otherwise contrary 
to the public interest or to the purposes of the provision from which 
exemption is sought. The Commission notes that this Order does not 
pertain to any transaction in swaps, as defined in Section 1a(47) of 
the Commodity Exchange Act (Act).

DATES: This Order is effective November 24, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Chapin, Associate Chief 
Counsel, (202) 418-5465, [email protected], or C. Barry McCarty, Special 
Counsel, (202) 418-6627, [email protected], Division of Swap Dealer and 
Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st 
Street NW, Washington, DC 20581.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission has issued the following 
Order:

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Order Under CFTC Regulation 30.10 Exempting Firms Designated by NSE 
IFSC Limited (NSE IFSC) From the Application of Certain of the Foreign 
Futures and Option Regulations the Later of the Date of Publication of 
the Order Herein in the Federal Register or After Filing of Consents by 
Such Firms and NSE IFSC, as Appropriate, to the Terms and Conditions of 
the Order Herein

    Commission Regulations governing the offer and sale of commodity 
futures and option contracts traded on or subject to the regulations of 
a foreign board of trade to customers located in the U.S. are contained 
in Part 30 of the Commission's regulations.\1\ These regulations 
include requirements for intermediaries with respect to registration, 
disclosure, capital adequacy, protection of customer funds, 
recordkeeping and reporting, and sales practice and compliance 
procedures that are generally comparable to those applicable to 
transactions on U.S. markets.
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    \1\ Commission regulations referred to herein are found at 17 
CFR Ch. I.
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    In formulating a regulatory program to govern the offer and sale of 
foreign futures and option products to customers located in the U.S., 
the Commission, among other things, considered the desirability of 
ameliorating the potential impact of such a program. Based upon these 
considerations, the Commission determined to permit persons located 
outside the U.S. and subject to a comparable regulatory structure in 
the jurisdiction in which they were located to seek an exemption from 
certain of the requirements under Part 30 of the Commission's 
regulations based upon substituted compliance with the regulatory 
requirements of the foreign jurisdiction.\2\
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    \2\ ``Foreign Futures and Foreign Options Transactions,'' 52 FR 
28290 (Aug. 5, 1987).
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    Appendix A to Part 30, ``Interpretative Statement With Respect to 
the Commission's Exemptive Authority Under Sec.  30.10 of Its Rules'' 
(Appendix A), generally sets forth the elements the Commission will 
evaluate in determining whether a particular regulatory program may be 
found to be comparable for purposes of exemptive relief pursuant to 
Regulation 30.10.\3\ These elements include: (1) Registration, 
authorization or other form of licensing, fitness review or 
qualification of persons that solicit and accept customer orders; (2) 
minimum financial requirements for those persons who accept customer 
funds; (3) protection of customer funds from misapplication; (4) 
recordkeeping and reporting requirements; (5) sales practice standards; 
and (6) procedures to audit for compliance with, and to take action 
against those persons who violate, the requirements of the program. In 
addition, Appendix A to Part 30 further provides that any exemption of 
a general nature based on comparability requires appropriate 
information sharing arrangements between the Commission and the 
appropriate governmental agency and/or self-regulatory organization to 
ensure Commission access on an ``as needed'' basis to information 
essential to maintaining standards of customer and market protection 
within the U.S.
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    \3\ 52 FR 28990, 29001.
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    Moreover, the Commission specifically stated in adopting Regulation 
30.10 that no exemption of a general nature would be granted unless the 
persons to whom the exemption is to be applied: (1) Submit to 
jurisdiction in the U.S. by designating an agent for service of process 
in the U.S. with respect to transactions subject to Part 30 and filing 
a copy of the agency agreement with the National Futures Association 
(NFA); (2) agree to provide access to their books and records in the 
U.S. to the Commission and Department of Justice representatives; and 
(3) notify NFA of the commencement of business in the U.S.\4\ Appendix 
A also specifically states that in considering an exemption request, 
the Commission will take into account the extent to which United States 
persons or contracts regulated by the Commission are permitted to 
engage in futures-related activities or be offered in the country from 
which an exemption is sought.\5\
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    \4\ 52 FR 28980, 28981 and 29002.
    \5\ 17 CFR part 30, Appendix A.
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    On November 26, 2018, NSE IFSC petitioned the Commission on behalf 
of its member firms, located and conducting a financial investment 
business in the Republic of India, for an exemption from the 
application of the Commission's Part 30 Regulations to those firms. NSE 
IFSC amended its petition on various occasions with additional 
information. In support of its petition, NSE IFSC stated that granting 
such an exemption with respect to such firms that it has authorized to 
conduct foreign futures and option transactions on behalf of customers 
located in the U.S. would not be contrary to the public interest or to 
the purposes of the provisions from which the exemption is sought 
because such firms are subject to a regulatory framework comparable to 
that imposed by the Act and the regulations thereunder.
    Based upon a review of the petition and supplementary materials 
filed by NSE IFSC, the Commission has concluded that NSE IFSC has 
demonstrated to the Commission's satisfaction that the exemption for 
relief pursuant to Sec.  30.10(a) is not otherwise contrary to the 
public interest or to the purposes of the provisions from which 
exemption is sought. Accordingly, the Commission has determined that 
compliance with applicable Indian law and NSE IFSC rules may be 
substituted for compliance with those sections of the Act and 
regulations thereunder more particularly set forth herein.
    By this Order, the Commission hereby exempts, subject to specified 
conditions, those firms identified to the Commission by NSE IFSC as 
eligible for the relief granted herein from:
     Registration with the Commission for firms and for firm 
representatives;
     The requirement in Commission Regulation 30.6(a) and (d), 
17 CFR 30.6(a) and (d), that firms provide customers located in the 
U.S. with the risk disclosure statements in Commission Regulation 
1.55(b), 17 CFR 1.55(b), and Commission Regulation 33.7, 17 CFR 33.7, 
or as otherwise approved under Commission Regulation 1.55(c), 17 CFR 
1.55(c);
     The separate account requirement contained in Commission 
Regulation 30.7, 17 CFR 30.7;
     Those sections of Part 1 of the Commission's regulations 
that apply to foreign futures and options sold in the U.S. as set forth 
in Part 30; and
     Those sections of Part 1 of the Commission's regulations 
relating to books and records which apply to transactions subject to 
Part 30,

based upon substituted compliance by such persons with the applicable 
statutes and regulations in effect in India.
    This determination to permit substituted compliance is based on, 
among other things, the Commission's finding that the regulatory 
framework governing persons in India who would be exempted hereunder 
provides:
    (1) A system of qualification or authorization of firms who deal in 
transactions subject to regulation under Part 30 that includes, for 
example, criteria and procedures for granting, monitoring, suspending 
and revoking licenses, and provisions for requiring and obtaining 
access to information about authorized firms and persons who act on 
behalf of such firms;
    (2) Financial requirements for firms including, without limitation, 
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market settlement and/or accounting procedures;
    (3) A system for the protection of customer assets that is designed 
to preclude the use of customer assets to satisfy house obligations and 
requires separate accounting for such assets;
    (4) Recordkeeping and reporting requirements pertaining to 
financial and trade information;
    (5) Sales practice standards for authorized firms and persons 
acting on their behalf that include, for example, required disclosures 
to prospective customers and prohibitions on improper trading advice;
    (6) Procedures to audit for compliance with, and to redress 
violations of, the customer protection and sales practice requirements 
referred to above, including, without limitation, an affirmative 
surveillance program designed to detect trading activities that take 
advantage of customers, and the existence of broad powers of 
investigation relating to sales practice abuses; and
    (7) Mechanisms for sharing of information between the Commission, 
NSE IFSC and the Indian regulatory authorities on an ``as needed'' 
basis including, without limitation, confirmation data, data necessary 
to trace funds related to trading futures products subject to 
regulation in India, position data, and data on firms' standing to do 
business and financial condition.
    Commission staff has concluded, upon review of the petition of NSE 
IFSC and accompanying exhibits, that NSE IFSC's regulation of futures 
and options intermediaries is comparable to that of the U.S. in the 
areas specified in Appendix A of Part 30, as described above.
    This Order does not provide an exemption from any provision of the 
Act or regulations thereunder not specified herein, such as the 
antifraud provision in Regulation 30.9. Moreover, the relief granted is 
limited to brokerage activities undertaken on behalf of customers 
located in the U.S. with respect to transactions entered on or subject 
to the rules of NSE IFSC for products that customers located in the 
U.S. may trade.\6\ The relief does not extend to regulations relating 
to trading, directly or indirectly, on U.S. exchanges, and does not 
pertain to any transaction in swaps, as defined in Section 1a(47) of 
the Act. For example, a NSE IFSC member trading in U.S. markets for its 
own account would be subject to the Commission's large trader reporting 
requirements.\7\ Similarly, if such a firm were carrying positions on a 
U.S. exchange on behalf of foreign clients and submitted such 
transactions for clearing on an omnibus basis through a firm registered 
as a futures commission merchant under the Act, it would be subject to 
the reporting requirements applicable to foreign brokers.\8\ The relief 
herein is inapplicable where the firm solicits or accepts orders from 
customers located in the U.S. for transactions on U.S. markets. In that 
case, the firm must comply with all applicable U.S. laws and 
regulations, including the requirement to register in the appropriate 
capacity.
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    \6\ See, e.g., Sections 2(a)(1)(C) and (D) of the Act.
    \7\ See, e.g., 17 CFR part 18.
    \8\ See, e.g., 17 CFR parts 17 and 21.
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    The eligibility of any firm to seek relief under this exemptive 
Order is subject to the following conditions:
    (1) The NSE IFSC, as the self-regulatory organization responsible 
for monitoring the compliance of such firms with the regulatory 
requirements described in the Regulation 30.10 petition, must represent 
in writing to the Commission that:
    (a) Each firm for which relief is sought is registered, licensed or 
authorized, as appropriate, and is otherwise in good standing under the 
standards in place in India; such firm is engaged in business with 
customers located in India as well as in the U.S.; and such firm and 
its principals and employees who engage in activities subject to Part 
30 would not be statutorily disqualified from registration under 
Section 8a(2) of the Act, 7 U.S.C. 12a(2);
    (b) It will monitor firms to which relief is granted for compliance 
with the regulatory requirements for which substituted compliance is 
accepted and will promptly notify the Commission or NFA of any change 
in status of a firm that would affect its continued eligibility for the 
exemption granted hereunder, including the termination of its 
activities in the U.S.;
    (c) All transactions with respect to customers located in the U.S. 
will be made subject to the regulations of NSE IFSC;
    (d) Customers located in the U.S. will be provided no less 
stringent regulatory protection than India customers under all relevant 
provisions of Indian law; and
    (e) It will cooperate with the Commission with respect to any 
inquiries concerning any activity subject to regulation under the Part 
30 Regulations, including sharing the information specified in Appendix 
A on an ``as needed'' basis and will use its best efforts to notify the 
Commission if it becomes aware of any information that in its judgment 
affects the financial or operational viability of a member firm doing 
business in the U.S. under the exemption granted by this Order.
    (2) Each firm seeking relief hereunder must represent in writing 
that it:
    (a) Is located outside the U.S., its territories and possessions 
and, where applicable, has subsidiaries or affiliates domiciled in the 
U.S. with a related business (e.g., banks and broker/dealer affiliates) 
along with a brief description of each subsidiary's or affiliate's 
identity and principal business in the U.S.;
    (b) Consents to jurisdiction in the U.S. under the Act by filing a 
valid and binding appointment of an agent in the U.S. for service of 
process in accordance with the requirements set forth in Regulation 
30.5;
    (c) Agrees to provide access to its books and records related to 
transactions under Part 30 required to be maintained under the 
applicable statutes and regulations in effect in India upon the request 
of any representative of the Commission or U.S. Department of Justice 
at the place in the U.S. designated by such representative, within 72 
hours, or such lesser period of time as specified by that 
representative as may be reasonable under the circumstances after 
notice of the request;
    (d) Has no principal or employee who solicits or accepts orders 
from customers located in the U.S. who would be disqualified under 
Section 8a(2) of the Act, 7 U.S.C. 12a(2), from doing business in the 
U.S.;
    (e) Consents to participate in any NFA arbitration program that 
offers a procedure for resolving customer disputes on the papers where 
such disputes involve representations or activities with respect to 
transactions under Part 30, and consents to notify customers located in 
the U.S. of the availability of such a program; provided, however, that 
the firm may require its customers located in the U.S. to execute a 
consent concerning the exhaustion of certain mediation or conciliation 
procedures made available by NSE IFSC prior to bringing an NFA 
arbitration proceeding; and
    (f) Undertakes to comply with the applicable provisions of Indian 
laws and NSE IFSC rules that form the basis upon which this exemption 
from certain provisions of the Act and regulations thereunder is 
granted.
    As set forth in the Commission's September 11, 1997 Order 
delegating to NFA certain responsibilities, the written representations 
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(2) shall be filed with NFA.\9\ Each firm seeking relief hereunder has 
an ongoing obligation to notify NFA should there be a material change 
to any of the representations required in the firm's application for 
relief.
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    \9\ 62 FR 47792, 47793 (Sept. 11, 1997). Among other duties, the 
Commission authorized NFA to receive requests for confirmation of 
Regulation 30.10 relief on behalf of particular firms, to verify 
such firms' fitness and compliance with the conditions of the 
appropriate Regulation 30.10 Order and to grant exemptive relief 
from registration to qualifying firms.
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    This Order will become effective as to any designated NSE IFSC firm 
the later of the date of publication of the Order in the Federal 
Register or the filing of the consents set forth in paragraphs (2)(a)-
(f). Upon filing of the notice required under paragraph (1)(b) as to 
any such firm, the relief granted by this Order may be suspended 
immediately as to that firm. That suspension will remain in effect 
pending further notice by the Commission, or the Commission's designee, 
to the firm and NSE IFSC.
    This Order is issued pursuant to Regulation 30.10 based on the 
representations made and supporting material provided to the Commission 
and the recommendation of the staff, and is made effective as to any 
firm granted relief hereunder based upon the filings and 
representations of such firms required hereunder. Any material changes 
or omissions in the facts and circumstances pursuant to which this 
Order is granted might require the Commission to reconsider its finding 
that the exemption is not otherwise contrary to the public interest or 
to the purposes of the provision from which exemption is sought. 
Further, if experience demonstrates that the continued effectiveness of 
this Order in general, or with respect to a particular firm, would be 
contrary to the public interest, or that the systems in place for the 
exchange of information or other circumstances do not warrant 
continuation of the exemptive relief granted herein, the Commission 
may, after appropriate notice and opportunity to respond, condition, 
modify, suspend, terminate, withhold as to a specific firm, or 
otherwise restrict the exemptive relief granted in this Order, as 
appropriate and as permitted by law, on its own motion. The process by 
which the Commission may terminate relief is set forth in Sec.  
30.10(c).\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 30.10(c). See 85 FR 15359 (Mar. 18, 2020).
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    The Commission will continue to monitor the implementation of its 
program to exempt firms located in jurisdictions generally deemed to 
have a comparable regulatory program from the application of certain of 
the foreign futures and option regulations and will make necessary 
adjustments if appropriate.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on November 2, 2020, by the 
Commission.
Robert Sidman,
Deputy Secretary of the Commission.

    Note:  The following appendix will not appear in the Code of 
Federal Regulations.

Appendix to Foreign Futures and Options Transactions--Commission Voting 
Summary

    On this matter, Chairman Tarbert and Commissioners Quintenz, 
Behnam, Stump, and Berkovitz voted in the affirmative. No 
Commissioner voted in the negative.

[FR Doc. 2020-24659 Filed 11-23-20; 8:45 am]
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