Matthew Kerfoot

Matthew Kerfoot

Dechert LLP

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Proposed U.S. Federal Reserve Board Rule’s Impact on Buy-Side Remedies in QFCs with Global Systemically Important Banking...

The Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System (Board) recently proposed a rule (Proposed Rule) that will impact parties to any “qualified financial contract” (QFC), as described below, with a global systemically...more

6/16/2016 - FDIC Federal Reserve G-SIB Proposed Regulation Qualified Financial Contracts (QFC)

Launching a Hedge Fund in 2016: An Overview for US Managers

Despite a challenging environment for the hedge fund industry, many institutional investors continue to allocate to hedge funds in a market environment otherwise devoid of promising investment opportunities. While the hedge...more

5/24/2016 - Cayman Islands CFTC Hedge Funds Institutional Investors Investment Adviser Jurisdiction Limited Partnerships Liquidity Management Fees Share Classes

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief Helpful for Non-U.S. Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) provided no-action relief on February 12, 2016 to commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors...more

2/19/2016 - CFTC Commodity Pool CPOs CTA Dodd-Frank DSIO Foreign Entities Intermediaries NFA No-Action Relief Non-US Entities Swaps Uncleared Swaps

European Commission and CFTC Publish Announcement on EU/US Clearing Equivalence

The European Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced a “common approach for transatlantic CCPs” on 10 February 2016. Under this “common approach,” the European Commission has pledged to...more

2/16/2016 - CCPs CFTC EMIR EU European Commission European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

SEC Proposes Significant New Restrictions on the Use of Derivatives and Other Transactions by Registered Funds and BDCs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) on December 11, 2015 proposed new Rule 18f-4 (Proposed Rule) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) and amendments to certain proposed forms. The proposal...more

12/31/2015 - Business Development Companies Derivatives ETFs Investment Portfolios Recordkeeping Requirements Risk Management SEC Segregation Requirements

CFTC Approves Final Rule on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved on December 16 final rules (Final Rules) on margin requirements for over-the-counter uncleared swaps entered into by CFTC-registered swap dealers (SDs) and major...more

12/21/2015 - CFTC Final Rules Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements OTC Swap Dealers Swaps Uncleared Swaps

SEC Proposes New Exemptive Rule to Regulate Funds’ Use of Derivatives

At an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today, the SEC by a three-to-one vote approved the proposal (Proposal) of new Rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act) and...more

12/14/2015 - Derivatives Investment Advisers Act of 1940 Investment Companies Public Comment Risk Management Rule 18f-4 SEC

CFTC Proposes to Fix Problematic Oral Communication Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held an open meeting in early November 2014 at which it discussed and proposed, among other agenda items, amendments to rules regarding recordkeeping related to commodity...more

11/21/2014 - CFTC Covered Transactions CTA Proposed Amendments Recordkeeping Requirements

CFTC Staff Issues Self-Executing CPO Delegation Relief

The staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC Staff) on October 15, 2014 simplified the process for a natural person or entity that the CFTC considers to be a commodity pool operator (CPO) to delegate its CPO...more

10/21/2014 - CFTC Commodities Commodity Pool Compliance CPOs

CFTC Permits Additional Third-Party Recordkeepers for Registered CPOs

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO Staff) of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued exemptive relief on September 8, 2014 to permit a registered commodity pool operator (CPO) to...more

9/16/2014 - CFTC CPO Recordkeeping Requirements SEC Swap Dealers Third-Party Service Provider

SEC Adopts Certain Final Rules Relating to Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted its final rules on the definition of the term “U.S. person” solely for purposes of certain aspects of cross-border security-based swap activities (Final Rules) on July...more

8/11/2014 - CFTC Credit Default Swaps Cross-Border Dodd-Frank SEC Swaps Title VII

CFTC Proposes New Position Limits for Futures, Options, and Swaps and Amended Aggregation Requirements

Introduction - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has proposed a comprehensive set of regulations imposing speculative position limits on exchange-traded futures and options contracts and...more

1/28/2014 - Aggregation Rules CEA CFTC Dodd-Frank Futures SEC Swaps

Volcker Rule Regulations Issued: Understanding the Practical Implications for U.S. and Foreign Banking Entities, Funds and...

The Volcker Rule (“Volcker Rule” or “Rule”) is intended to limit risks to the financial system that Congress believes may be created by (i) proprietary trading operations of insured depository institutions, foreign banking...more

1/22/2014 - Banking Sector Collateralized Debt Obligations Dodd-Frank Financial Regulatory Reform Hedge Funds Proprietary Trading Trust Preferred Securities Volcker Rule

CFTC Issues Guidance on Block Trade and Large Notional Off-Facility Swap Rules; Advisers Must Obtain Consents

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has issued final rules (“Final Rules”) setting minimum block trade sizes for different types of CFTC regulated swaps that are permitted to be executed off-facility and...more

9/10/2013 - Block Trades CFTC Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Final Rules Investment Adviser Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Issues Cross-Border Swaps Regulation Guidance and Exemptive Order

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently approved and issued its eagerly anticipated: i. final interpretive guidance and policy statement on the cross-border application of the swap regulation...more

8/7/2013 - CFTC Commodities Exchange Act Cross-Border Cross-Border Transactions Exemptive Orders Swaps

SEC Adopts Retail Foreign Exchange Rule in Order to Prevent Dodd-Frank Amendment from Disrupting the Retail Forex Markets

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 11, 2013 adopted Rule 15b12-1 (“Final Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended (“Exchange Act”) in order to allow market participants to continue...more

8/5/2013 - CEA Disruptive Trading Practices Dodd-Frank Eligible Contract Participant Final Rules Foreign Exchanges Retail Market SEC

CFTC Issues Broad Securitization Industry Relief on Commodity Pool Regulation

On Friday, December 7, 2012, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), through its Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division), issued a letter which provides broad relief for certain segments of...more

12/13/2012 - CFTC Commodity Pool No-Action Relief Securitization Vehicles Swap Dealers

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