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"Congress Lessens Impact of Swaps Push-Out Rule"

On December 16, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that lessens the impact of Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, more commonly known as the “Swaps Push-Out...more

12/19/2014 - Dodd-Frank FDIC Foreign Banks Push-Out Requirements Section 716 Swaps

"CFTC Fine-Tunes Rules, Emphasizing Relief for Commercial End-Users"

On November 3, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) approved three proposals that Chairman Timothy Massad described as “fine tuning” certain of the CFTC’s rules “to make sure they do not impose...more

11/18/2014 - CFTC DCMs Derivatives No-Action Relief Reporting Requirements Risk Mitigation SEFs

Prudential Regulators and CFTC Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Swaps

Federal banking regulators (the Prudential Regulators) have re-proposed regulations to require certain dealers and major participants in the swap and security-based swap markets to collect initial and variation margin for...more

9/22/2014 - Banks Basel Committee CFTC Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements Prudential Regulation Authority Swap Dealers Swap Market

"CFTC Further Extends Comment Periods on Position Limits Proposals"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) has further extended the comment periods for its November 2013 proposal concerning position limits aggregation and its December 2013 proposal concerning position...more

7/7/2014 - CFTC Commodities Derivatives Rulemaking Process

"SEC Begins to Finalize Cross-Border Security-Based Swaps Rules"

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the first of a series of rules and guidance that will establish how security-based (SB) swap requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

6/26/2014 - Cross-Border Dodd-Frank SEC Security-Based Swaps

SEC Proposes Securities-Based Swap Recordkeeping, Reporting and Notification Requirements

On May 2, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)published in the Federal Register proposed regulations1 that would implement the recordkeeping, reporting and notification requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

6/6/2014 - Broker-Dealer Dodd-Frank Major Swap Participants Notice Requirements Proposed Regulation Recordkeeping Requirements Reporting Requirements SEC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

"CFTC Proposes Three Actions to Address Rulemaking Issues"

On May 22, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) and its staff took three actions. First, the Commission proposed to amend its existing definition of “swap dealer” in order to allow...more

5/30/2014 - CFTC Commodities Derivatives Swap Dealers Swaps

"ISDA and FIA Europe Publish Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement"

On May 15, 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Europe published the ISDA/FIA Europe Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement (ISDA/FIA Europe CDEA). ...more

5/19/2014 - Derivatives EU ISDA Swaps

"SEC Proposes Security-Based Swap Recordkeeping, Reporting and Notification Requirements and Capital Rules for SEC Registrants"

On April 17, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new regulations that would implement the recordkeeping, reporting and notification requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

4/18/2014 - Capital Requirements Dodd-Frank Notice Requirements Recordkeeping Requirements Reporting Requirements SEC Swaps

"CFTC Deadlines Approach for Swap Dealer Margin Segregation Notifications and Buy-Side Responses"

Market participants that enter into uncleared swaps should expect to receive notifications from swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) counterparties regarding segregation of initial margin for swaps. Dodd-Frank...more

4/3/2014 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Dodd-Frank Segregation Requirements Swap Dealers Swaps

"Mandatory SEF/DCM Trading Begins for Certain Interest Rate Swaps"

As of February 15, 2014, certain types of fixed-for-floating interest rate swaps must be executed on a swap execution facility (SEF) or a designated contract market (DCM), unless an exception applies (e.g., the commercial...more

2/18/2014 - CFTC Credit Default Swaps Interest Rate Swaps MTFs SEFs Swaps

"EU Derivatives Reporting Obligations Clarified as February 12 Deadline Approaches"

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) requires EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on- or off-exchange, to report certain information and details relating to the trade to a registered...more

2/3/2014 - Deadlines Derivatives EMIR EU Reporting Requirements Trade Repositories

"CFTC Announces February 12 Public Meeting on Cross-Border Guidance"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that the Global Markets Advisory Committee (GMAC) will hold a public meeting on February 12, 2014, to discuss CFTC Staff Advisory 13-69 (Staff Advisory)....more

1/29/2014 - CFTC Cross-Border Transactions GMAC Swap Dealers

"US Swap Regulation: Cross-Border Debate Among Issues to Watch in 2014"

Since the enactment of Dodd-Frank in 2010, the CFTC and the SEC have proceeded at different speeds to address previously unregulated markets for swaps and security-based swaps, respectively. The CFTC moved quickly to develop...more

1/28/2014 - CFTC Cross-Border Dodd-Frank EU SEC Swaps

"The CFTC’s Fraud-Based Manipulation Authority Raises Questions"

In October 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission used enforcement powers it gained under the Dodd-Frank Act in an order finding that a major financial institution recklessly employed manipulative devices in trading...more

1/28/2014 - CFTC Dodd-Frank Enforcement Fraud Market Manipulation

"CFTC’s Mandatory Exchange Trading For Certain Interest Rate Swaps Starts February 15, 2014"

On January 16, 2014, staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight (Division) announced that the first “made-available-to-trade” determination (MAT Determination) will become...more

1/21/2014 - CFTC Designated Contract Market Swap Execution Facilities Swaps

CFTC Grants Substituted Swaps Compliance for Six Foreign Jurisdictions

In 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final guidance describing the circumstances in which the Dodd-Frank Act requirements will apply to cross-border swap activities (Guidance). In conjunction with...more

1/13/2014 - CFTC Compliance Dodd-Frank Exemptive Orders Foreign Jurisdictions Swaps

CFTC Re-Proposes Speculative Position Limit Rules For Futures, Options And Swaps On Physical Commodities

On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted 3-1 to re-propose rules to establish speculative position limits for futures, options and economically equivalent swaps on certain agricultural, metal...more

12/26/2013 - Bona Fide Hedging CFTC Commodities Futures Hedging Swaps Trade Options

"Expiration of CFTC Cross-Border Exemption May Impact Non-US Swap Trading"

Earlier this year, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued Cross-Border Guidance that set out the agency’s interpretation on the extent to which CFTC swap regulations would apply outside the U.S. The...more

12/19/2013 - CFTC Compliance Cross-Border Exemptions Swaps

The Volcker Rule: A First Look at Key Changes

On December 10, 2013, five U.S. financial regulators (the Agencies) adopted a final rule implementing the Volcker Rule. The text of the final rule and its accompanying preamble are available here. The Volcker Rule was created...more

12/12/2013 - Asset-Backed Securities Banks CEOs Dodd-Frank Exemptions Hedge Funds Market Making Private Equity Reporting Requirements Sovereign Debt Volcker Rule

"US Financial Regulators Issue Final Volcker Rule"

Yesterday, U.S. financial regulators issued the final Volcker Rule. The Volcker Rule implements provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that prohibit banking organizations from engaging in...more

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

"EU Derivatives Trade Reporting Obligations to Begin on February 12, 2014"

Starting February 12, 2014, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) will require EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on or off exchange, to report certain trade information and details...more

11/15/2013 - CFTC Compliance Derivatives Dodd-Frank EMIR ESMA EU Reporting Requirements

"CFTC Expands Large Trader Reporting and Increases Customer Account Protection Requirements"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) recently adopted several rules to improve large trader reporting, facilitate segregation of customer swap margin and enhance customer protections for futures and...more

11/13/2013 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Customer Funds Protection Derivatives Clearing Organizations Dodd-Frank FCMs Major Swap Participants Mandatory Clearing Requirements Margin Requirements Reporting Requirements Segregation Requirements Swap Dealers Swaps

"CFTC Publishes Sweeping Concept Release Asking Questions About Additional Regulation of Automated Trading Strategies and...

On September 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a concept release (Concept Release or Release) requesting information about current market practices relating to the use of automated trading...more

10/14/2013 - ATS CFTC CPO CTA FCMs High Frequency Trading Major Swap Participants SEFs Swap Dealers Swaps

"CFTC Deadlines Loom for Commercial End Users"

End users of swaps should be aware of three impending deadlines for complying with new Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations....more

8/12/2013 - CDS CEA CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Deadlines End-Users IRS Reporting Requirements

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