Alexander S. Holtan

Alexander S. Holtan

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

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ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master...more

7/23/2014 - Default Derivatives ISDA ISDA Master Agreement Swaps

Legal Alert: CFTC Division of Market Oversight Releases Questions for June 19 Roundtable on Position Limits

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will host a public roundtable on June 19, 2014, to discuss questions related to a proposed rulemaking to establish speculative position limits for 28 exempt and agricultural...more

6/19/2014 - CFTC Commodity Futures Contracts Compliance Position Limits Swaps

NFA Issues Revised Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR

On June 5, the National Futures Association (NFA) announced the issuance of revised Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR. The NFA is the self-regulatory organization to which the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has delegated...more

6/10/2014 - CFTC CPO CTA NFA Registration

Storm Clouds Continue to Gather Over Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors

As noted in a previous Sutherland Legal Alert, the American Bankruptcy Institute has formed a Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission). To further its goal of proposing changes to modernize the Bankruptcy...more

5/30/2014 - Bankruptcy Code Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Debtors-in-Possession Dodd-Frank FDIA Safe Harbors Title II

Legal Alert: CFTC Adopts Streamlined Approach for Delegation of CPO Registration

On May 12, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff letter (the Staff Letter) that provides a streamlined approach for commodity pool...more

5/20/2014 - CFTC Commodity Pool Compliance CPO DSIO

CFTC Affords Market Participants a “Second Bite” at the Swap Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules

Last month, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a request for public comment on its swap data recordkeeping and reporting requirements under Part 45 of its regulations. The CFTC adopted Part 45 in 2012...more

4/3/2014 - CFTC Dodd-Frank Recordkeeping Requirements

CFTC Certifies Two More “Available to Trade” Determinations

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) certified two additional available to trade determinations (MAT determinations). The latest MAT determinations cover additional interest rate swaps (IRS) and, for the...more

2/6/2014 - CFTC Credit Default Swaps Interest Rate Swaps Swaps

Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors: Are Enhanced Customer Protections on the Horizon?

On January 23, 2014, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a Request for Comments from commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) as to whether the NFA should adopt rules to: (1) ensure that...more

1/31/2014 - CFTC Compliance CPO CTA Deadlines Financial Regulatory Reform NFA

Legal Alerts: CFTC Certifies Additional “Available to Trade” Designation: Certain Interest Rate Swaps Must Be Executed on a SEF...

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) certified a second available to trade determination (the Second MAT Determination) in response to an application submitted by trueEX, LLC. ...more

1/28/2014 - CFTC SEFs Swap Dealers Swap Execution Facilities Swaps trueEX

Update: An End-User’s Guide to the CFTC’s Final Cross-Border Guidance

There were a number of new developments with respect to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) requirements for swaps in the latter part of 2013. This...more

1/22/2014 - CFTC Cross-Border Dodd-Frank End-Users EU ISDA SIFMA Swap Dealers Swaps

CPO and CTA Annual Affirmation of Exemptions Due in March

Pursuant to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations, persons claiming an exemption or exclusion from registration as a commodity pool operator (CPO) or a commodity trading advisor (CTA), under CFTC Regulations...more

1/22/2014 - CFTC Compliance CPO CTA Exemptions

CFTC Certifies First “Available to Trade” Designation: Certain Interest Rate Swaps Must be Executed on a SEF or DCM Beginning on...

As market participants are aware, certain swaps that are subject to mandatory clearing must be executed on a registered swap execution facility (SEF) or a designated contract market (DCM) (i.e., an exchange) once a swap is...more

1/17/2014 - CFTC Securities SEFs Swaps

Legal Alert: Final Volcker Rule: Update and Key Takeaways

On December 10, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures...more

1/13/2014 - Bank Holding Company Act Banks CFTC Collateralized Debt Obligations Compliance Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve OCC Proprietary Trading Trust Preferred Securities Volcker Rule

Federal Agencies Issue Final Volcker Rule

On December 10, 2013, five federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the...more

12/16/2013 - Banks CFTC Compliance Dodd-Frank FDIC OCC SEC Volcker Rule

Bankruptcy Safe Harbors Under Attack

The “safe harbor” provisions of the Bankruptcy Code protect firms that trade derivatives, and other participants in financial and commodity markets, from the rigidity that bankruptcy law imposes on most parties. Since their...more

8/12/2013 - Bankruptcy Code Commercial Bankruptcy Consumer Bankruptcy New Legislation Safe Harbors

An End-User's Guide to the CFTC's Final Cross-Border Guidance

Last month, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued final interpretive guidance with respect to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s (Dodd-Frank...more

8/9/2013 - Affiliates CFTC Cross-Border Dodd-Frank End-Users Exemptive Orders Major Swap Participants Swap Dealers Swaps

Legal Alert: Nearly at the Buzzer, CFTC Affords End-Users Relief from Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements

On the brink of the compliance date for arguably one of the most burdensome requirements that end-users face under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the Commodity Futures Trading...more

4/22/2013 - CFTC Dodd-Frank End-Users Reporting Requirements Swaps

Legal Alert: ISDA Accepting Comments on Draft Dodd-Frank "Protocol 2.0"

Pursuant to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Customer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has adopted a number of final regulations that require swap dealers (SDs)...more

2/6/2013 - CFTC Derivatives Dodd-Frank ISDA Major Swap Participants Protocol 2.0 Swap Clearing Swap Dealers Swaps Title VII

Legal Alert: Court Rejects Safe Harbor Defenses for Futures Customers

On January 4, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an opinion that strikes a significant blow against the rights of futures customers that might otherwise enjoy the Bankruptcy Code’s safe...more

2/1/2013 - Commodity Broker FCMs Futures Investment Funds Safe Harbors Sentinel Management Group

CFTC Announces Beginning of Real-Time Reporting and Swap Dealer Registration Requirements and Releases List of Provisionally...

Today, Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that final rules pertaining to: (1) real-time reporting of swap transaction data; and (2) swap dealer registration requirements,...more

1/3/2013 - CFTC Registration Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Extends Compliance Dates for Dodd-Frank Requirements Necessitating Amendments to Existing Trade Documentation

On December 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), by private vote, adopted interim final rules (Interim Final Rules) to amend the compliance dates for previously issued final rules that establish external...more

12/24/2012 - Business Conduct Standards CFTC Compliance DF-Protocol Dodd-Frank ISDA Major Swap Participants Swap Dealers

Court Dismisses Chamber of Commerce and ICI Lawsuit Over Amendments to CFTC Rule 4.5

On Wednesday, December 12, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a joint U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and Investment Company Institute (ICI) lawsuit against the Commodity Futures...more

12/17/2012 - Administrative Procedure Act CFTC Chamber of Commerce Dismissals ICI Investment Company Act of 1940 SEC

CFTC Issues Relief from CPO Registration to Funds of Funds, BDCs and Family Offices; NFA Issues Guidance on the Annual Affirmation...

On November 29 and December 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a series of no-action letters that afford relief from registration as a...more

12/10/2012 - CFTC CPO Family Offices Fund of Funds Swap Dealers

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