Exemption of FX Forwards and Swaps from Swap Rules Under Dodd-Frank

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On April 29, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published a formal notice of its intention to exclude Foreign Exchange Swaps and Foreign Exchange Forwards from the definition of swaps under provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The exclusion is being accomplished by exercise of the authority given to the Secretary of the Treasury in the Dodd-Frank Act to make a determination that those products "should not be regulated as swaps." As a result of the determination, FX Forwards and FX Swaps (1) cannot be subjected to mandatory clearing and exchange trading, and (2) will not count for purposes of determining a party's status as a Swap Dealer or Major Swap Participant. However, the exclusion is narrowly drawn so that those products will nevertheless be subject to certain other Dodd-Frank Act swap requirements, and other types of foreign exchange transactions that do not qualify as FX Swaps and FX Forwards will remain subject to the Dodd-Frank Act.

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