CPO Compliance Series: Conducting Business with Non-NFA Members (NFA Bylaw 1101) (Part One of Three)

Commodity pool operators (CPOs) that must soon register with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and become members of the National Futures Association (NFA) because of the repeal of the CFTC Regulation 4.13(a)(4) registration exemption will need to undertake numerous CFTC and NFA compliance obligations.  One of the key NFA compliance obligations facing new CFTC registrants and NFA members arises out of NFA Bylaw 1101, which prohibits an NFA member, such as a CPO, from conducting business with or on behalf of a non-NFA member that is otherwise required to register with the CFTC.  NFA Bylaw 1101 compliance is also topical for existing NFA members given the repeal of the Regulation 4.13(a)(4) registration exemption, as existing NFA members will need to take steps to ensure that they comply with NFA Bylaw 1101 with respect to any CPOs with whom they are engaged in commodity interest business that currently claim the Regulation 4.13(a)(4) exemption.  Hedge Fund Law Report is publishing a three-part article series focusing in detail on the compliance obligations of CPOs under CFTC and NFA regulations and providing guidance addressing a CFTC-registered CPO’s: (i) conducting business with non-NFA members; (ii) preparation and use of marketing and promotional materials; and (iii) reporting of principals and registration of associated persons.  Each of these topics is also briefly summarized in “Do You Need to Be a Registered Commodity Pool Operator Now and What Does it Mean If You Do? (Part One of Two),” Hedge Fund Law Report, Vol. 5, No. 8 (Feb. 23, 2012).  This article is the first in the series and discusses in greater detail the NFA’s guidelines on conducting business with non-NFA members.  The authors of the series are Stephen A. McShea, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Larch Lane Advisors LLC; Cary J. Meer, a partner at K&L Gates LLP; and Lawrence B. Patent, of counsel at K&L Gates LLP.

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