Julian Hammar

Julian Hammar

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CFTC Issues Proposed Rules Regarding the Cross-Border Application of its Uncleared Swaps Margin Requirements

On June 29, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued proposed rules (“Proposed Rules”) regarding the cross-border application of its proposed uncleared swaps margin rules issued last October. The...more

7/14/2015 - ANPRM CFTC Commodities Compliance Cross-Border Transactions Federal Register Financial Statements Foreign Subsidiaries Futures Margin Requirements Proposed Regulation Prudential Regulation Authority Public Comment Swap Dealers Swaps U.S. Person

CFTC and SEC Issue Final Interpretation Regarding Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality - May 2015

On May 12, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) jointly issued the CFTC’s final interpretation clarifying its interpretation concerning forward contracts with...more

5/21/2015 - CFTC Forward Contracts SEC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

CFTC Proposes Relief from Trade Option Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Commercial End Users

On April 30, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved for publication in the Federal Register proposed amendments to the trade option exemption (the “Proposal”) that would reduce reporting and...more

5/8/2015 - CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Commodities Dodd-Frank Recordkeeping Requirements Reporting Requirements Swaps Trade Options

Margin for Uncleared Swaps: A Critical Look at the CFTC and Prudential Regulators Proposals

Last fall both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and five U.S. prudential banking regulators (the “Prudential Regulators”) released proposed rules for margin requirements for uncleared swap transactions for...more

2/23/2015 - CFTC IOSCO Swap Dealers Swap Market Swaps

CFTC Staff Issues CCO Annual Report Advisory and Related No-Action Relief

On December 22, 2014, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an Advisory providing guidance regarding the contents of chief compliance...more

1/14/2015 - Annual Reports Best Practices C-Suite Executives Certifications CFTC Chief Compliance Officers DSIO FCMs Major Swap Participants No-Action Relief

Federal Reserve Board and OCC Issue Interim Final Rule Amending U.S. Bank Capital and Other Rules to Account for Global...

On December 16, 2014, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) (collectively, “Agencies”) issued an interim final rule (“IFR”) amending the...more

1/14/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Capital Requirements Federal Reserve ISDA Liquidity Coverage Ratio Netting Agreement OCC

Federal Reserve Board Extends the Volcker Rule Conformance Period for Legacy Funds

On December 18, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) issued an order extending for an additional year – i.e., until July 21, 2016 – the Volcker Rule conformance period for banking entities to...more

12/30/2014 - Banks Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Hedge Funds Private Equity Funds Volcker Rule

New Law Limits the Swaps Pushout Requirement to Apply Only to Certain ABS Swaps

On December 16, 2014, President Barack Obama limited the scope of swaps and security-based swaps subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s (“Dodd-Frank Act’s”) pushout requirement to certain...more

12/23/2014 - Asset-Backed Securities Banking Sector Banks Barack Obama Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve Foreign Banks Push-Out Requirements Section 716 Swaps

CFTC Staff Grants Family Offices No-Action Relief from Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) recently issued no-action relief for failure to register with the CFTC as a commodity trading advisor (CTA) to any...more

12/18/2014 - CFTC CPOs DSIO Family Offices No-Action Relief

CFTC and SEC Propose Interpretation Concerning Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On November 13, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved for publication in the Federal Register a proposed interpretation clarifying the CFTC’s...more

12/16/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Forward Contracts SEC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

Prudential Regulators and CFTC Re-Propose Margin Requirement Rules for Uncleared Swaps

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Farm Credit Administration, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency...more

11/17/2014 - Banks CFTC Federal Reserve Foreign Banks Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements Proposed Regulation Prudential Regulation Authority Public Comment Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Excludes Certain Swaps with Utility Special Entities from the Special Entity De Minimis Calculation for Purposes of Swap...

On September 26, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final rule in the Federal Register permitting a person to exclude “utility operations-related swaps” entered into with “utility special...more

10/10/2014

Harmony or Dissonance: The CFTC’s and SEC’s Cross-Border Rules

Recently, the SEC issued final rules addressing, among other things, the applicability of the security-based swap dealer (“SBSD”) and major security-based swap participant (“MSBSP”) definitions to cross-border security-based...more

7/10/2014 - CFTC Cross-Border Major Swap Participants MSBSPs SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

SEC Adopts Final Rules and Guidance Regarding the Cross-Border Application of “Security-Based Swap Dealer” and “Major...

Nearly four years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), on June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its first in a series of...more

7/7/2014 - Dodd-Frank Major Swap Participants SEC Security-Based Swaps Swap Dealers Swaps

Breaking the ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Insolvency Stalemate

On 19 June 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) published an amendment to the ISDA Master Agreement for use in relation to section 2(a)(iii) of that agreement, for parties who wish to amend their...more

7/2/2014 - Default Derivatives ISDA ISDA Master Agreement OTC

U.S. House Votes to Reauthorize the CFTC and Exclude Most RICs from CPO and CTA Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on June 24, 2014, passed a version of the CFTC reauthorization bill, H.R. 4413, that would exclude investment advisers to registered investment companies (RICs) from the definitions of...more

6/30/2014 - CFTC CPO CTA Investment Adviser Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation RICs

CFTC and FERC Issue Long-Awaited Memoranda of Understanding on Jurisdiction and Information Sharing

On January 2, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC,” collectively, the “agencies”) signed “Memoranda of Understanding” regarding certain matters of...more

1/10/2014 - CFTC Dodd-Frank FERC Information Sharing Jurisdiction Memorandum of Understanding

CFTC Proposes Speculative Position Limits – Again

On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) proposed new speculative position limits. The proposal (“New Proposal”) would establish spot-month and non-spot-month limits for 28 core...more

11/20/2013 - CFTC Compliance Dodd-Frank Futures Position Limits

CFTC Staff Issues Commodity Option Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”)

On September 30, 2013, the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) issued a Commodity Option FAQ document. While the document largely contains information already set forth in prior CFTC releases, it does contain helpful...more

10/3/2013 - CEA CFTC Commodities Reporting Requirements Trade Options

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