Rule 534. Wash Trades Prohibited
No person shall place or accept buy and sell orders in the same product and expiration month, and, for a put or call option, the same strike price, where the person knows or reasonably should know that the purpose of the orders is to avoid taking a bona fide market position exposed to market risk (transactions commonly known or referred to as wash sales). Buy and sell orders for different accounts with common beneficial ownership that are entered with the intent to negate market risk or price competition shall also be deemed to violate the prohibition on wash trades. Additionally, no person shall knowingly execute or accommodate the execution of such orders by direct or indirect means.
Rule 539. Prearranged, Pre-Negotiated and Noncompetitive Trades Prohibited
539.A. General Prohibition
No person shall prearrange or pre-negotiate any purchase or sale or noncompetitively execute any transaction, except in accordance with Sections B. and C. below.
539.C. Pre-Execution Communications Regarding Globex Trades
Parties may engage in pre-execution communications with regard transactions executed on the Globex platform where one party (the first party) wishes to be assured that a contra party (the second party) will take the opposite side of the order under the following circumstances:
3. In the case of futures orders, the first party’s order must be entered into the Globex platform first and the second party’s order may not be entered into the Globex platform until a period of 5 seconds has elapsed from the time of entry of the first order.
Pursuant to an offer of settlement that Shantal Pillay (“Pillay”) presented at a hearing on February 12, 2013, in which Pillay neither admitted nor denied the rule violations upon which the penalty is based, a Panel of the NYMEX Business Conduct Committee (“Panel”) found that Pillay voluntarily submitted herself to the jurisdiction of the BCC for purposes of settling this matter and that on November 9, 2011, Pillay, a trader employed by The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (“Standard Bank”) and another trader employed by Standard Bank, prearranged five trades totaling 90 lots in Crude, Palladium and Platinum for the purpose of transferring positions between two proprietary accounts with common beneficial ownership. The trades were executed on Globex. Four of the five buy and sell orders were entered within one second of each other.
The Panel found that as a result of the foregoing, Pillay violated Exchange Rules 534 and 539.A. and C.
In accordance with the settlement offer, the Panel ordered Pillay to pay a fine to the Exchange in the amount of $5,000.
February 14, 2013
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