SEC Adopts Interim Final Security-Based Swap Reporting Rule

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Section 766 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act generally requires security-based swaps that were entered into prior to July 21 and which were still outstanding as of that date (“pre-enactment unexpired security-based swaps”) to be reported. Pursuant to that requirement, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted an interim final rule (the Rule) in an effort to implement these reporting requirements pending the adoption of final rules relating to the reporting of security-based swaps and associated recordkeeping requirements. In addition, the Rule includes an interpretive note (the Note) which imposes current recordkeeping obligations on the parties to pre-enactment unexpired security-based swaps.

Reporting Obligations

New Rule 13Aa-2T under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires that a counterparty to a pre-enactment unexpired security-based swap transaction submit certain information to a registered security-based swap data repository or to the SEC by the earlier of: (x) the compliance date that will be established by SEC rules, or (y) within 60 days after a security-based swap data repository is registered with the SEC and becomes operational. The information required to be reported includes: (1) a copy of the transaction confirmation in electronic form, if available, or in written form if there is no electronic copy; and (2) if available, the time the transaction was executed. The Rule also requires the parties to pre-enactment unexpired security-based swap transactions to provide the SEC with any information relating to these transactions that the SEC may request.

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