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    06/28/2018
    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission have approved a new Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies. The MOU, which updates and enhances an MOU approved by the agencies in 2008, is aimed at fostering cooperation and information sharing in order to harmonize joint rulemakings mandated under Title VII of Dodd-Frank, which governs the regulation of swaps and security-based swaps.

    The MOU outlines several measures intended to increase coordination. These include holding inter-agency meetings and consultations to enhance coordination and cooperation, sharing information relating to firms registered with both agencies and specific incidents that are of common regulatory interest to both agencies, and informing the other agency in advance of developments that may impact its regulatory interests.

    CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo said the MOU will enhance the agencies' "oversight efforts and reduce unnecessary complexity, and lessen costs on both regulators and market participants," and SEC Chairman Jay Clayton added that the agreement will support a "coherent and coordinated approach to regulation."

    The MOU will become effective on the date of its signing and will remain effective unless terminated by either agency. Revisions and modifications may be made upon agreement or as required by changes in law. 

    View the joint press release

    View the MOU.

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