CFTC Issues Updated Relief for Cross-Border Trading of Swaps on Qualifying Multilateral Trading Facilities in the European Union

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On April 9, 2014, the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) (together, the Divisions) of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued no-action Letter 14-46 (Amended Qualifying MTF Letter), which clarifies, modifies and supersedes the conditional relief offered to non-US multilateral trading facilities (each, an MTF) overseen by competent regulatory authorities designated by European Union member states (each, a Competent Authority) in CFTC Letter 14-16 (Prior Letter). The Amended Qualifying MTF Letter generally tracks the terms of the Prior Letter, so it also provides three forms of conditional relief to MTFs and users of MTFs:

- an MTF meeting certain stated compliance requirements (each, a Qualifying MTF) may permit US persons or persons located in the United States the ability to trade or execute swaps on or through the MTF without requiring such MTF to register as a swap execution facility (SEF) pursuant to Section 5h(a)(1) of the United States Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC Rule 37.3(a)(1);

• swap market participants executing swaps on a Qualifying MTF are relieved from any applicable trade execution mandate pursuant to Section 2(h)(8) of the CEA or any otherwise applicable obligations to report such swaps pursuant to Parts 43 and 45 of the CFTC Rules...

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Topics:  CEA, CFTC, DMO, DSIO, EU, MTFs, No-Action Letters, SEFs, Swaps

Published In: General Business Updates, Finance & Banking Updates, International Trade Updates, Securities Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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