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"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

"Entering a New Regulatory Era Under the Final Volcker Rule"

In December 2013, five U.S. financial regulatory agencies adopted final regulations to implement the Volcker Rule. As expressed in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Volcker Rule generally...more

1/30/2014 - Banks Collateralized Debt Obligations Dodd-Frank FDIC Proprietary Trading Risk Management Trust Preferred Securities Volcker Rule

"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

Special Edition: Volcker Rule: Proprietary Trading Restrictions Under the Final Volcker Rule

Since the release of the proposed rule to implement the Volcker Rule (the Proposed Rule) more than two years ago, participants in the financial services industry have continued to express concern about the burden of complying...more

1/16/2014 - Bank Holding Company Act Banks Collateralized Debt Obligations Dodd-Frank Proprietary Trading Trust Preferred Securities Volcker Rule

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

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 Issues Final Guidance and Accompanying Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations

At a public meeting on July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) adopted final guidance on how Dodd-Frank Act requirements will apply to cross-border swap activities (Guidance). In...more

7/31/2013 - CFTC Compliance Cross-Border Cross-Border Transactions Dodd-Frank Exemptive Orders Major Swap Participants Swap Dealers Swaps

SEC Proposes Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules and Guidance

On May 23, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published in the Federal Register proposed rules and guidance for applying Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank)...more

5/25/2013 - CFTC Cross-Border Transactions Dodd-Frank SEC Security-Based Swaps

"CFTC Delays April 10 Compliance Date for Many Swap Data Reporting Requirements"

On April 9, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight, responding to requests from multiple interested parties, issued a no-action letter (the No-Action Letter) extending the April...more

4/11/2013 - CFTC Dodd-Frank End-Users Legal Entity Identifiers Major Swap Participants No-Action Letters Reporting Requirements Swap Dealers Swaps

Impending Swap Reporting Requirements to Impact All Swap Market Participants

All swap market participants, including commercial end-users, should be aware of the upcoming April 10 deadline for Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) swap reporting and recordkeeping requirements under Parts 43, 45...more

4/5/2013 - CEA CFTC Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements Swap Data Repositories Swap Market Swaps

"New CFTC Swap Clearing Rules to Require Board Review and Approval of the Election to Rely on the 'Commercial End-User Exception'"

New Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) swaps clearing rules will force non-financial entities to stop uncleared trading of certain interest-rate swaps (IRS) and index credit default swaps (index CDS) starting on...more

3/14/2013 - CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Credit Default Swaps Derivatives Clearing Organizations Dodd-Frank Interest Rate Swaps Mandatory Clearing Requirements Swaps

"Department of Labor Paves the Way to Clearing Swaps for ERISA Plans"

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a long-awaited advisory opinion (the Advisory Opinion) clarifying and confirming the ability of central counterparties (CCPs) and their clearing members (Clearing Members) to...more

2/21/2013 - CCPs Clearing Members Dodd-Frank DOL ERISA Pensions Swap Clearing Swaps

"CFTC Issues Final Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations"

Swaps trade in a global market. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to impose a panoply of regulation on the swaps market mostly through regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures...more

1/12/2013 - CEA Compliance Cross-Border Transactions Dodd-Frank Interstate Commerce Major Swap Participants Swap Dealers Swaps U.S. Person

"ISDA Dodd-Frank Protocol Update: CFTC Delays Compliance"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an interim rule to extend the compliance date with certain business conduct standards (BCS) and documentation rules for swap dealers and major swap participants. The...more

12/20/2012 - CFTC Compliance DF-Protocol Dodd-Frank ISDA Swap Dealers Swaps

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