Update on Swaps Clearing Timetable

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We wanted to inform you of recent statements from the CFTC staff regarding the phasing-in of the mandatory clearing requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). As you may recall, on July 24, 2012, the CFTC issued proposed rules that would require certain interest rate swaps and credit default index swaps to be cleared. We expect that those rules will be finalized in the next few weeks. In July, the CFTC also adopted final rules that created a phased-in implementation schedule for compliance with mandatory clearing determinations under the Dodd-Frank Act, with different compliance dates for different categories of market participant. Certain types of market participants (“category 1 entities”) are subject to a mandatory clearing determination 90 days after such determination is published in the Federal Register, certain other types of market participants (“category 2 entities”) are subject to a mandatory clearing determination 180 days after such determination is published in the Federal Register, and other market participants are subject to a mandatory clearing determination 270 days after such determination is published in the Federal Register. (For more information, see Ropes & Gray’s Alert.)

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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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