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SEC and CFTC have approved a Memorandum of Understanding

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that the two agencies have approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will help ensure continued coordination and information sharing between the two agencies.

The MOU updates a 2008 MOU to make it more relevant in the current market environment and promote efficiency in rulemaking, regulatory oversight, and enforcement.  For instance, the new MOU specifically addresses the regulatory regime for swaps and security-based swaps.

“Today’s interrelated markets demand that the SEC and CFTC work together to provide a coherent and coordinated approach to regulation”, – said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, – “This MOU confirms our agencies’ commitment to working together as partners with distinct missions—all to the benefit of investors, as well as other market participants.”

“This MOU strengthens our joint regulatory response, streamlines our partnership and makes information sharing more seamless and effective”, – said CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo.

The agencies anticipate that they will continue to cooperate primarily through ongoing informal consultations and meetings.