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The Deadline for Compliance With the U.S. Variation Margin Rules Is Approaching! Are You Ready?

The requirement that non-cleared swaps be fully margined, which is one of the last pillars of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), will take effect for “financial end-users”...more

ISDA Publishes Variation Margin Protocol

On August 16, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol (VM Protocol). The VM Protocol is intended as a tool to help market participants that will...more

CFTC and EU Regulators Agree on a Common Approach for the Regulation of CCPs

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and European regulators announced that they have reached agreement on a “common approach” regarding requirements for central counterparties (CCPs) (i.e.,...more

Coming Soon - Mandatory Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps Under EMIR

On August 6, 2015, the European Commission (EC) adopted new rules that will require the clearing of certain over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate swaps pursuant to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) (the EU...more

ISDA Publishes EMIR Classification Letter

On July 13, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA EMIR Classification Letter (the Classification Letter), a form of letter that may be used by market participants managing their...more

European Regulators Publish Second Consultation Paper on Margin for OTC Derivatives

On June 10, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) published a second consultation paper on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) to implement the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) requirement that...more

SEC’s Proposed SBS Rules on Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities

When the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules in June 2014 on the cross-border activities of security-based swap (SBS) dealers and major SBS participants, the SEC indicated that it would reserve the...more

The SEC Releases Regulations on Reporting and Dissemination of Security-Based Swaps Data

On February 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published final regulations that will require Swap Data Repositories (SDRs)1 to register with the SEC (Regulation SDR) and prescribe reporting and public...more

Mandatory Clearing in Europe May Still Be “A Ways Off”: ESMA Responds to Proposed Amendments on Interest Rate Swaps Clearing RTS...

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s mandatory clearing requirement for interest rate swaps and certain credit default swaps has been in place for quite some time. However, the clearing requirement...more

CFTC Fines Summit Energy Services, Inc. for Violating CTA Registration Rules Under the Commodity Exchange Act

On January 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a settlement order requiring Summit Energy Services, Inc. (Summit Energy) to pay a $140,000 civil monetary penalty for acting as an unregistered commodity...more

Counterparty Rights in Energy Bankruptcies

For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp...more

1/30/2015

CFTC Grants No-Action Relief to Commodity Pool Operators with Respect to Certain Insurance-Linked Securitization Vehicles

Toward the end of 2014, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two letters affecting insurance-linked securitization vehicles: CFTC...more

1/19/2015  /  CFTC , CPOs , DSIO , No-Action Relief , SIFMA , Swap Dealers , Swaps

Congress Exempts Non-Financial End-Users, Their Agents and Certain Cooperatives From Non-Cleared Swap Margin Requirements in...

On January 8, 2015, the U.S. Senate approved legislation, by a 93-4 vote, to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA”). The legislation, dubbed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (the...more

CFTC Expands Existing Clearing Relief for Treasury Affiliates

On November 24, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) issued a no-action letter to expand previously issued relief, that is available to “treasury affiliates,” from the...more

ESMA Issues Revision of the Technical Standards on Reporting under Article 9 of EMIR

On November 10, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a consultation paper relating to the Regulatory Technical Standards and Implementing Technical Standards (collectively, the Technical Standards),...more

CFTC Clarifies Dealer Requirement to Notify Customers of Right to Segregation of Initial Margin for Uncleared Swaps

On October 31, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a staff interpretation regarding the notification of the right to segregation of...more

ESMA Issues Final Draft Standards for the Central Clearing of Certain Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR

On October 1, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued final draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) with respect to the central clearing of four classes of interest rate swaps (IRS). The RTS follows...more

Regulators Publish Re-proposed Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 3, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Board) jointly adopted, with certain federal banking regulators, re-proposed rules that will require registered swap dealers, security-based swap...more

ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master...more

Legal Alert: CFTC Division of Market Oversight Releases Questions for June 19 Roundtable on Position Limits

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will host a public roundtable on June 19, 2014, to discuss questions related to a proposed rulemaking to establish speculative position limits for 28 exempt and agricultural...more

NFA Issues Revised Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR

On June 5, the National Futures Association (NFA) announced the issuance of revised Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR. The NFA is the self-regulatory organization to which the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has delegated...more

6/10/2014  /  CFTC , CPO , CTA , NFA , Registration

Storm Clouds Continue to Gather Over Bankruptcy Code’s Safe Harbors

As noted in a previous Sutherland Legal Alert, the American Bankruptcy Institute has formed a Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 (the Commission). To further its goal of proposing changes to modernize the Bankruptcy...more

Legal Alert: CFTC Adopts Streamlined Approach for Delegation of CPO Registration

On May 12, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a staff letter (the Staff Letter) that provides a streamlined approach for commodity pool...more

5/20/2014  /  CFTC , Commodity Pool , Compliance , CPO , DSIO

European Commission Requests Comments on Treatment of Foreign Exchange Instruments Under EMIR

On February 14, 2014, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) requested that the European Commission (EC) clarify the definition of “derivative” or “derivative contract,” and particularly the definition of...more

CFTC Affords Market Participants a “Second Bite” at the Swap Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules

Last month, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a request for public comment on its swap data recordkeeping and reporting requirements under Part 45 of its regulations. The CFTC adopted Part 45 in 2012...more

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