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Update on Third Country Equivalence Under EMIR

The European Commission has adopted an “equivalence” decision on the derivatives regulatory regimes for derivatives clearing organisations in the United States. This follows the decisions adopted in November 2015 for Canada,...more

EU Clearing Obligation for Interest Rate Swaps Set for June 2016

The obligation for central clearing of OTC derivatives under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation will apply from June 2016. A Delegated Regulation that imposes a mandatory clearing obligation for interest rate swap...more

Update on Third Country Equivalence Under EMIR

The European Commission has adopted “equivalence” decisions on the derivatives regulatory regimes for central counterparties in Canada, Mexico, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Switzerland. This follows the decisions...more

EU Clearing Obligation for Interest Rate Swaps Looms

Implementation of the obligation for central clearing of OTC derivatives under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation now seems imminent. The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation that would impose a...more

Update On Third-Country Equivalence Under EMIR

The European Commission has adopted “equivalence” decisions on the derivatives regulatory regimes for central counterparties in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Further decisions are awaited for other jurisdictions...more

Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive – Implications for Repo and Derivative Counterparties

The Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) introduces an EU-wide regime for recovery and resolution planning for, and for resolution action to be taken in respect of, banks and large investment firms (typically the...more

Scotland: Legal Issues on Proposed Independence

On 18 September 2014, the referendum on Scottish independence will take place. Opinion polls suggest that the outcome is too close to call. This note highlights various legal issues related to the referendum and Scottish...more

Timing and Scope of EU Clearing Obligation for Derivatives

The European Securities and Markets Authority is consulting on the mandatory clearing obligation for certain derivatives. Draft regulatory technical standards have been published for the mandatory clearing of certain interest...more

Initial Swap Trading Requirements Come into Effect—Limited Relief for Packaged Trades and Some EU Facilities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has imposed for the first time a requirement that certain swaps be traded on a regulated market. Beginning February 15, 2014, certain cleared interest rate swaps and index credit...more

Actions Required For Hedge Funds Under Derivatives Reforms – Europe Update

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR1) imposes new reporting, clearing, collateral and conduct of business requirements on all derivatives market participants which are based in the EU or deal with EU...more

ESMA Advice on Third-Country Equivalence Under EMIR, II

On 3 September, ESMA published its technical advice to the European Commission on the equivalence of the US and Japanese derivatives frameworks to the EU rules. On 2 October, ESMA supplemented its technical advice with...more

ESMA Advice on Third-Country Equivalence Under EMIR

Clarity to market participants on the equivalence of derivatives rules to European requirements has been much anticipated. On 3 September, ESMA published its technical advice to the European Commission on the equivalence of...more

Alert: ESMA Consults on Extraterritoriality

The extraterritorial effect of new financial regulation is a controversial issue, fundamental to the business of banks, brokers, funds and their clients. A consultation paper containing proposed rules on certain...more

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