Swap Dealer Disclosure and Reporting Requirements
Under the Dodd-Frank Act, swap dealers and major swap participants are required to comply with certain disclosure, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements related to its swap transactions. This includes the timely and accurate reporting of:
- swap transaction and pricing data that is reported in real-time and made available to the public;
- required swap creation data; and
- required swap continuation data.
Purpose of Swap Reporting Requirements
The reporting requirements are designed to enhance transparency, promote standardization, and reduce systemic risk. Among the many requirements include: maintaining a data field for the legal entity identifiers (LEI), correcting any errors in swap data that were previously reported, and implementing a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan to be implemented in the event of a disruption of the swap dealer’s normal business activities. For a complete list of the reporting requirements, refer to 17 CFR Part 45.
CFTC Swap Reporting Enforcement Action
In a recent CFTC enforcement action, Deutsche Bank AG (“Deutsche Bank”) was charged with “failing to report any swap data for multiple asset classes for five days; submitting incomplete and untimely swap data; failing to supervise its employees responsible for swap data reporting; having an inadequate Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan; and violating a prior CFTC Order.” The charge derived from a system outage in the bank’s swap data reporting system that prevented Deutsche Bank from reporting any swap data for multiple asset classes for approximately five days. Due to an ineffective Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan, the subsequent efforts to end the system outage only exacerbated the problems.
CFTC Whistleblower Program
Under the CFTC Whistleblower Program, whistleblowers may be eligible for monetary awards when they voluntarily provide the CFTC with original information about violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) that leads the CFTC to bring a successful enforcement action resulting in monetary sanctions exceeding $1,000,000.
CFTC Whistleblower Rewards and Bounties
Whistleblowers are eligible to receive between 10 percent and 30 percent of the monetary sanctions collected. In October 2021, the CFTC awarded $200 million to a whistleblower for providing information that led the CFTC to evidence of wrongdoing concerning the manipulation of financial benchmarks used by global banks.
CFTC Whistleblower Protection
The CFTC Whistleblower Program also protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that might directly or indirectly reveal a whistleblower’s identity. Furthermore, the Dodd-Frank Act protects whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers for reporting violations of the CEA to the CFTC.
CFTC Whistleblower Lawyers
Since 2014, the CFTC has issued more than $325 million in awards to whistleblowers. The largest CFTC whistleblower awards to date are $200 million, $45 million, $30 million, and $10 million. Whistleblower disclosures have enabled the CFTC to bring successful enforcement actions against wrongdoers with orders for more than $3 billion in monetary relief.
Call our CFTC whistleblower lawyers today at 202-930-5901 or contact us here to find out if you are eligible for a CFTC whistleblower award. A delay in reporting commodities fraud can potentially disqualify a whistleblower from recovering an award or can lower a whistleblower award, so call us today for a free consultation. We represent CFTC whistleblowers concerning a wide variety of market manipulation schemes.
Our experienced CFTC whistleblower lawyers are frequently quoted in the media about whistleblower reward programs. Recently, the Wall Street Journal quoted Jason Zuckerman in an article titled Senate Passes Bill to Fund CFTC Whistleblower Program, and quoted Matthew Stock, Director of our Whistleblower Rewards Practice, in an article titled CFTC Whistleblower Tips and Awards Fall After Record 2018.
Recently the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners published a profile of Matt Stock’s success working with whistleblowers to fight fraud: