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Initial Swap Trading Requirements Come into Effect—Limited Relief for Packaged Trades and Some EU Facilities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has imposed for the first time a requirement that certain swaps be traded on a regulated market. Beginning February 15, 2014, certain cleared interest rate swaps and index credit...more

2/14/2014 - CFTC EU Swap Dealers Swap Execution Facilities Swaps

Actions Required For Hedge Funds Under Derivatives Reforms – Europe Update

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR1) imposes new reporting, clearing, collateral and conduct of business requirements on all derivatives market participants which are based in the EU or deal with EU...more

2/12/2014 - Derivatives EMIR ESMA EU Hedge Funds

Volcker Unbound

The regulation that will implement the Volcker Rule was finally issued on December 10, 2013. Major financial institutions around the world will have to review a host of activities and investments in order to comply with the...more

1/2/2014 - Banks Dodd-Frank Volcker Rule

The Final Volcker Rule Begins to Emerge

We issued a client memorandum on December 9 listing the major topics to look for when the five financial regulatory agencies agreed to finalize the Volcker Rule, which generally prohibits banking organizations from engaging...more

12/11/2013 - Banks Private Investment Funds Volcker Rule

The Volcker Rule: A Comparison

On December 10 2013, the final regulation implementing the Volcker Rule was adopted by the five US federal bank regulatory agencies. This comes over two years after the publication of the proposed regulation. The text below...more

12/11/2013 - Banking Sector Dodd-Frank Financial Regulatory Reform Volcker Rule

Ready for the Volcker Rule? What to Look For

Over two years after publication of a proposed regulation, a final regulation implementing the so-called “Volcker Rule” is expected to be adopted tomorrow by the five US Federal financial regulatory agencies. Two of them —...more

12/9/2013 - CFTC Compliance Federal Reserve Financial Regulatory Reform Volcker Rule

Actions Required Under Derivatives Reforms

The first wave of financial regulatory change affecting banks, brokers and their users is in the field of derivatives. Various deadlines for new reporting, clearing and conduct of business requirements are imminent. The...more

7/31/2013 - Banks Brokers Collateral Derivatives EMIR ESMA Hedge Funds OTC

As the Deadline Approaches…AIFMD: Marketing by Non-EEA Managers

The AIFMD is due to take effect on July 22, 2013. Yet countries across the EEA — with less than a week until the deadline — are at different stages of transposing the AIFMD into national laws. A number will miss the...more

7/18/2013 - AIFMD Deadlines EEA Managers Marketing New Regulations

Fed Rewrites Section 716 of Dodd-Frank

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday, June 5, issued an interpretation of the so-called “swaps push-out” section of the Dodd-Frank Act that corrects a drafting error that virtually everyone agrees needed to be fixed. The Federal...more

6/10/2013 - Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve Foreign Banks OCC Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Grants No-Action Relief From Clearing Requirement for Certain Treasury Affiliates

On June 4, 2013, the Division of Clearing and Risk (the “Division”) of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) granted limited no-action relief from the mandatory clearing requirement for swaps entered into...more

6/6/2013 - Affiliates CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Dodd-Frank No-Action Relief Swap Clearing

CFTC Swap Reporting No-Action Relief Granted; Other Dodd-Frank Deadlines Approaching

On April 9, 2013, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) granted last minute no-action relief from portions of the CFTC’s swap reporting rules. The relief delays certain compliance deadlines for many swap...more

4/15/2013 - CFTC Dodd-Frank No-Action Relief Reporting Requirements Swaps

SEC Lawyer Speaks To Broker-Dealer Registration Status Of Private Fund Managers

Late last week, a senior SEC lawyer encouraged the private equity and hedge fund communities to consider whether certain practices of private fund managers could subject these firms to SEC registration as broker-dealers....more

4/11/2013 - Broker-Dealer Fund Managers Private Funds Registration SEC

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