By Anthony Nolan and Eric A. Love
On May 17, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it voted to unanimously to approve the creation of LabCFTC, a New York-based initiative that is designed to try to encourage innovation in the Fintech industry and enhance the “quality, resiliency, and competiveness” of the commodity futures and swaps markets. LabCFTC will also seek to identify and use FinTech and RegTech solutions that can position the CFTC to more effectively and efficiently fulfill its regulatory responsibilities in increasingly digital financial markets.
LabCFTC consists of GuidePoint, a point of contact at the CFTC for FinTech industry participants that will facilitate greater engagement on the agency’s regulatory regime, as well as on new technologies in the marketplace. GuidePoint will also allow FinTech innovators to obtain guidance about the applicability of CFTC regulations to proposed industry innovations. In addition, LabCFTC consists of CFTC 2.0, an initiative that will focus on utilizing new technologies to improve the CFTC’s operations.