European Union Swaps

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CFTC Extends Expiration of MTF Relief

On February 12, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued relief from registration as a swap execution facility (SEF) to multilateral trading facilities (MTFs) regulated within the...more

Initial Swap Trading Requirements Come into Effect—Limited Relief for Packaged Trades and Some EU Facilities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has imposed for the first time a requirement that certain swaps be traded on a regulated market. Beginning February 15, 2014, certain cleared interest rate swaps and index credit...more

"US Swap Regulation: Cross-Border Debate Among Issues to Watch in 2014"

Since the enactment of Dodd-Frank in 2010, the CFTC and the SEC have proceeded at different speeds to address previously unregulated markets for swaps and security-based swaps, respectively. The CFTC moved quickly to develop...more

Update: An End-User’s Guide to the CFTC’s Final Cross-Border Guidance

There were a number of new developments with respect to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) requirements for swaps in the latter part of 2013. This...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 22 • December 12, 2013 (Global)

OSC to hold derivatives reporting seminar. The Ontario Securities Commission announced that it will hold a seminar on January 15, 2014, on the reporting requirements under the new Derivatives Trade Repositories and...more

The Extra-territorial Impact of EMIR on Non-EU Swap Counterparties

On November 18, 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its final report on technical standards detailing how the regulation of over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivative contracts in the European...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 21 • November 2013 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - This week, the Oxford Dictionaries chose “selfie” as the word of the year. It beat out a number of other relatively new Internet and social-media related terms, including “bitcoin.” In...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 18, 2013

CFTC Staff Issues Advisory on Transaction-Level Requirements in Certain Cross-Border Situations - On November 14, CFTC issued advisory on the applicability of Dodd-Frank transaction-level requirements to swaps between...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - November 15, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 11 New C&DIs - Register for Our 2014 Proxy Season Update Webinar - CFTC Issues Cross-Border Transactions Advisory - CFTC Issues Guidance...more

First steps on the path forward: As US swap execution facilities go live, the EU’s move to mandatory exchange trading continues....

At their September 2009 summit in Pittsburgh, G20 leaders agreed that by no later than December 2012, all standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives should be traded on exchanges or electronic trading platforms ‘where...more

CFTC Grants No Action Relief to EU Swap Dealers from Swap Documentation Rules

Demonstrating coordination between US swap rules and those of the European Union, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a no action letter (no. 13-45) on July 11 that permits a company organized under the laws of...more

CFTC approves final cross-border guidance of the swap provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Commission of a joint understanding regarding a coordinated approach to the regulation of cross-border derivatives (for a further...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- June 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on new proposed Libor guidelines; a CFTC lawsuit against U.S. Bank stemming from Peregrine Financial’s fraud and collapse; a settlement between Citigroup and a large coalition of...more

Meeting New OTC Swap Reconciliation Rules May Require Better Technology and Processes

Although reconciliation of the key terms has been a best practice for over-the-counter derivative trades for some time (particularly with collateralised trades), the scale of the reconciliation exercise imposed by forthcoming...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - May 31, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Change That Requires Reporting OTC Equity Transactions Within 10 Seconds - NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Section 16 Financial Requirements for Cleared Swaps...more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 28, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of State; Department Of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- May 24‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; House of Representatives; Executive Branch; Miscellaneous; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - The week began with...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - May 6, 2013

On April 30, the FHFA issued its progress report on the steps being taken to establish a common securitization infrastructure for MBS. The FHFA is encouraging interested parties to provide written input on the progress...more

ISDA 2013 EMIR NFC Representation Protocol: Factors to consider in deciding whether to adhere

On 8 March 2013, The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc (“ISDA”) published the ISDA 2013 EMIR NFC Representation Protocol (the “Protocol”). Adherence to the Protocol provides parties to ISDA Master...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 25, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Issue Updated Leveraged Lending Guidance - CFTC No-Action Relief from Required Clearing for Some Partial Swap Novations and Terminations - FHFA...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - March 22, 2013

In this issue: - NASDAQ Proposes Internal Audit Function Requirement for Listed Issuers - FINRA’s Frequently Asked Questions on Electronic Blue Sheet Submissions Updated Regarding Order Execution Time -...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 18, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces the Start of Mandatory Clearing - CFTC Reminds Market Participants of Swap Data Reporting Requirements - Rating Agency Developments...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - March 1, 2013

In this issue: - Recent SEC Speeches Focus on Investor Protection and Disclosure - SEC 2013 Examination Priorities - CFTC Revises Clearing Compliance Schedule for iTraxx CDS Indices - SEC Division...more

International Regulators Publish "Near-Final" Draft of Uncleared Swap Margin Rules

On February 15, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published the Second Consultative Document on margin requirements for non-centrally cleared...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - February 22, 2013

In this issue: - International Regulators Publish “Near-Final” Draft of Uncleared Swap Margin Rules - CFTC and IOSCO to Host Roundtable on IOSCO Financial Benchmarks Report - SDNY Favors the SEC in Foreign...more

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