W. Graham McCall

W. Graham McCall

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"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 Form TO 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

"CFTC Fine-Tunes Rules, Emphasizing Relief for Commercial End-Users"

On November 3, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) approved three proposals that Chairman Timothy Massad described as “fine tuning” certain of the CFTC’s rules “to make sure they do not impose...more

11/18/2014 - CFTC DCMs Derivatives No-Action Relief Reporting Requirements Risk Mitigation SEFs

"CFTC Further Extends Comment Periods on Position Limits Proposals"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) has further extended the comment periods for its November 2013 proposal concerning position limits aggregation and its December 2013 proposal concerning position...more

7/7/2014 - CFTC Commodities Derivatives Rulemaking Process

"SEC Begins to Finalize Cross-Border Security-Based Swaps Rules"

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the first of a series of rules and guidance that will establish how security-based (SB) swap requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

6/26/2014 - Cross-Border Dodd-Frank SEC Security-Based 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

"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

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

"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 Deadlines Loom for Commercial End Users"

End users of swaps should be aware of three impending deadlines for complying with new Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations....more

8/12/2013 - CDS CEA CFTC Commercial End-User Exception Deadlines End-Users IRS Reporting Requirements

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

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