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September 28, 2011
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NFA Signs Agreement with GFI Group to provide Regulatory Services to GFI's Swap Execution Facility
September 28, 2011, Chicago and New York - National Futures Association (NFA) and GFI Group Inc. (GFI) today announced that they have entered into an agreement that paves the way for NFA to perform regulatory services for GFI's swap execution facility (SEF). The Agreement establishes a preliminary framework for the exchange of information and the development of technology standards that will enable GFI and the NFA, to develop, test and launch automated trade practice and surveillance systems and also to develop procedures and processes necessary for GFI to fulfill its SEF self-regulatory obligations. Upon the issuance of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) final SEF rules, NFA and GFI anticipate that they will enter into a formal Regulatory Services Agreement.
Under the Dodd-Frank Act and the rules and regulation promulgated thereunder, SEFs will have surveillance and other regulatory responsibilities. The CFTC has proposed to allow SEFs to contract with a registered futures association, such as NFA, or another registered entity for regulatory services.
"This is a significant step forward as we engage in new regulatory activity on behalf of SEFs. For over ten years, NFA has been successfully performing trade practice and market surveillance functions on behalf of futures exchanges," said NFA President Daniel J. Roth. "We look forward to working with GFI as we enhance our surveillance systems to assist GFI and other SEFs in meeting their regulatory responsibilities."
"We are very excited about working with the NFA as GFI prepares to become a Swap Execution Facility", said Scott Pintoff, GFI's General Counsel. "We have great respect for the NFA's regulatory expertise and believe that they are the logical choice to assist GFI in meeting its obligations as a SEF under the Commodity Exchange Act."
NFA is the premier independent provider of innovative and efficient regulatory programs that safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets. Learn more about NFA at www.nfa.futures.org.
About GFI Group Inc.
GFI Group Inc. (NYSE: "GFIG") is a leading provider of wholesale brokerage services, clearing services, electronic execution and trading support products for global financial markets. GFI Group Inc. provides brokerage services, market data, trading platform and analytics software products to institutional clients in markets for a range of fixed income, financial, equity and commodity instruments.
Headquartered in New York, GFI was founded in 1987 and employs more than 2,000 people with additional offices in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Bogota, Dubai, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Calgary, Los Angeles and Sugar Land (TX). GFI Group Inc. provides services and products to over 2,600 institutional clients, including leading investment and commercial banks, corporations, insurance companies and hedge funds. Its brands include GFISM, GFInet®, CreditMatch®, GFI ForexMatch®, EnergyMatch®, FENICS®, Starsupply®, Amerex®, Trayport® and Kyte®.
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