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CFTC Proposes to Apply Clearing Requirement to Additional Interest Rate Swaps

On June 9, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed to require additional interest rate swaps to be centrally cleared. Since December 2012, the CFTC has required four classes of interest rate swaps...more

6/17/2016 - CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Derivatives Derivatives Clearing Organizations Interest Rate Swaps Mandatory Clearing Requirements Swaps

CFTC Finalizes Cross-Border Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

On May 24, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules (cross-border margin rules) that specify how its recently issued uncleared margin rules apply to cross-border transactions. Chairman Timothy...more

6/6/2016 - CFTC Cross-Border Dodd-Frank Final Rules Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements Swap Dealers Swaps Uncleared Swaps

"CFTC Proposes Exclusion of Certain Electric Power and Natural Gas Contracts From 'Swap' Definition"

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed guidance that would exclude certain capacity contracts in electric power markets (capacity contracts) and natural gas peaking supply contracts from...more

4/11/2016 - Capacity Market CEA CFTC Electric Generation Suppliers Electricity Natural Gas Supply Contracts Swaps

"Basel III Leverage Ratio Could Undermine Efforts to Address Systemic Risk in Derivatives Markets"

Following the 2008 financial crisis, regulators across the globe have pondered how to ameliorate systemic risk in derivatives markets. At the 2009 G-20 summit, international regulators committed to address this risk through...more

1/20/2016 - Basel III BCBS CFTC Derivatives Dodd-Frank Leverage Ratio Swaps

"Prudential Regulators Finalize Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Swaps"

Federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators) have finalized much-anticipated rules (Final Rules) relating to initial and variation margin requirements for certain swaps and security-based swaps that are not centrally...more

11/3/2015 - Affiliates CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Compliance Dates Covered Swap Entities (CSE) Cross-Border Customer Collateral Requirements Derivatives Final Rules Investment Management Margin Requirements Non-Cleared Swaps Prudential Regulation Authority SEC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

"CFTC Asserts Jurisdiction in Bitcoin Markets"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently took a series of actions confirming views expressed late last year by CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad that "[d]erivatives contracts based on a virtual currency represent...more

10/2/2015 - Bitcoin CFTC Commodities Commodities Exchange Act Derivatives Jurisdiction Popular SEFs Swap Trading Swaps Virtual Currency

"CFTC Extends Registered Futures Association Membership Requirement to Introducing Brokers, Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule (“Final Rule”) that formally extends the existing registered futures association (“RFA”) membership requirement to registered introducing...more

9/14/2015 - Brokers CFTC Commodity Pool CPOs CTA Derivatives Final Rules Investment Adviser Major Swap Participants National Futures Association NFA Registered Futures Association Membership Registration Requirement Swap Dealers Swaps

"SEC Finalizes Registration Rules for Security-Based Swap Entities"

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final registration rules for security-based (SB) swap dealers and major SB swap participants (collectively SBS Entities). Concurrently, the SEC also...more

8/13/2015 - CFTC Dodd-Frank Major Swap Participants Registration Requirement SBS Entities SEC Securities Exchange Act Security-Based Swaps Swap Dealers Swaps Threshold Requirements

"CFTC Proposes Rules for Cross-Border Application of Uncleared Margin"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently proposed rules1 to address the cross-border application of margin requirements for uncleared swaps for swap dealers and major swap participants not subject to...more

7/15/2015 - CFTC Commodities Cross-Border Derivatives Margin Requirements Non-US Entities Prudential Regulation Authority SEC Swaps

"CFTC Issues Revised Embedded Volumetric Optionality Interpretation for Swaps"

On May 12, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued revised interpretive guidance for forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). In 2012, the CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission...more

5/19/2015 - CFTC Forward Contracts Guidance Update Interpretive Opinions Major Swap Participants SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

"CFTC Proposes to Reduce Trade Option Reporting Requirements for Commercial End-Users"

Trade options are physically settled over-the-counter options on most deliverable commodities (e.g., agricultural, energy, or metals) where the buyer is a producer, processor, commercial user or merchant of the commodity...more

5/4/2015 - CFTC DMO End-Users Reporting Requirements Swap Data Repositories Swaps Trade Options

"SEC Proposes How to Apply Security-Based Swap Rules to Non-US Persons When Using US Personnel"

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules1 that would address how registration, SEC Regulation SBSR and other SEC requirements for security-based swap transactions would apply to a...more

5/4/2015 - CFTC Non-US Entities SEC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

"CFTC Extends Annual Report Deadline for Certain Chief Compliance Officers"

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued no-action relief that provides chief compliance officers (CCOs) of registered swap dealers (SDs),...more

3/31/2015 - Annual Reports CFTC Chief Compliance Officers DSIO Filing Deadlines Future Commission Merchants Major Swap Participants Swap Dealers Swaps

"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

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

"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

"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

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