STANDARD BANK PLC
Parties to any EFRP transaction must maintain all documents relevant to the Exchange contract and the cash, OTC swap, OTC option, or other OTC derivatives, including all documents customarily generated in accordance with relevant market practices and any documents reflecting payment and transfer of title. Any such documents must be provided to the Exchange upon request, and it shall be the responsibility of the carrying clearing member firm to provide such requested documentation on a timely basis.
Pursuant to an offer of settlement Standard Bank Plc (“Standard Bank”) presented at hearing on August 13, 2014, in which Standard Bank neither admitted nor denied the rule violations upon which the penalty is based, a Panel of the COMEX Business Conduct Committee (“Panel”) found that it had jurisdiction over Standard Bank because it was a COMEX member and that on trade date February 15, 2013, Standard Bank executed four EFRP transactions in which Standard Bank and another market participant were counterparties. The transactions did not contain documentation of the related swap transaction, and therefore were not bona fide EFRP transactions.
The Panel found that as a result, Standard Bank violated Rule 538.H.
In accordance with the settlement offer, the Panel ordered Standard Bank to pay a fine to the Exchange in the amount of $20,000.
August 15, 2014
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