Yvette Valdez

Yvette Valdez

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Updated: CFTC Clarifies Regulation of Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

With recent release, the CFTC hopes to eliminate market uncertainty on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality. UPDATE (June 18, 2015): On May 12, 2015, the CFTC adopted the Proposal as proposed (as used...more

6/23/2015 - Amended Regulation CFTC Commodities Commodities Exchange Act Commodity Futures Contracts Counterparties Dodd-Frank Forward Contract Exclusion Forward Contracts Swaps

Regulatory Notes on Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency Derivatives

Six things every investor, start-up, financial institution and payment processor should know about the future regulation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency derivatives. With the quickly developing market for...more

6/2/2015 - Administrative Authority Bitcoin Block Chain CFTC Corporate Counsel Cryptocurrency Derivatives Financial Institutions Investors Popular Regulatory Agenda Startups Young Lawyers

SEC Proposes Additional Cross-Border Rules for Security-Based Swaps

If finalized, the proposed rule would be the SEC’s second major step toward finalizing the cross-border rules for security-based swaps under the Dodd-Frank Act. On April 29, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange...more

5/28/2015 - CFTC Cross-Border Transactions Dodd-Frank Reporting Requirements SEC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

Regulation SBSR: The Compliance Guide to Reporting Security-based Swaps

SEC has published reporting obligations for SBS without a finalized compliance schedule. Reporting rules for cleared and platform-executed SBS and certain cross-border transactions have not yet been finalized. On...more

3/25/2015 - Final Rules SEC Security-Based Swaps Swaps

UPDATE: Swap Dealers Will Face Significant Challenges from Reproposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Note: This version includes an additional section on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, which amends certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act to exempt certain counterparties from the initial...more

1/27/2015 - Basel Committee CFTC Commodities IOSCO Margin Calls Swap Dealers Swaps

CFTC Proposes to Clarify Regulation of Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

With recent release, the CFTC hopes to eliminate market uncertainty on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality. The comment period recently closed for a proposed interpretation (the Proposal) to further...more

1/13/2015 - CFTC Forward Contracts Major Swap Participants Proposed Regulation Swaps

Swap Dealers Will Face Significant Challenges from Reproposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Dealers and major industry participants may be subject to new margin requirements beginning as early as December 1, 2015. Regulators are expected to finalize rules regarding margin requirements for uncleared swaps...more

1/9/2015 - Basel Committee CFTC Covered Entities International Harmonization Major Swap Participants Margin Requirements New Regulations Prudential Regulation Authority Prudential Standards Securities Swap Dealers Swaps

The New 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions

The revision of the 2003 International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Credit Derivatives Definitions is likely the biggest overhaul of the definitions in more than a decade. The new 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives...more

9/9/2014 - Compliance Credit Default Swaps Derivatives Dodd-Frank Financial Regulatory Reform ISDA

SEC Finalizes Partial Framework for the Cross-Border Application of its Derivatives Regulations

The SEC Final Rule is the SEC’s first major step toward implementing its final regulatory regime under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a final...more

7/31/2014 - Compliance Cross-Border Derivatives Dodd-Frank SEC Title VII

SEC Proposed Rules: Recordkeeping and Reporting for SBSDs, MSBSPs and BDs; Capital Rules for Certain SBSDs

The SEC has proposed recordkeeping and reporting rules and capital charges for security-based swap dealers based on the current broker-dealer reporting and recordkeeping regime. Market participants in the derivatives...more

6/6/2014 - Broker-Dealer Compliance MSBSPs Recordkeeping Requirements SEC Security-Based Swaps Stand-Alone SBSDs Swap Dealers Swaps

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