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CFTC Announces Available-to-Trade Determinations

In December 2013, Bloomberg LLC (BSEF) submitted a self-certified determination that certain interest rate and credit default swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and...more

CFTC Proposes New Position Limits for Futures, Options, and Swaps and Amended Aggregation Requirements

Introduction - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has proposed a comprehensive set of regulations imposing speculative position limits on exchange-traded futures and options contracts and...more

CFTC Staff Issues Commodity Option Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”)

On September 30, 2013, the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) issued a Commodity Option FAQ document. While the document largely contains information already set forth in prior CFTC releases, it does contain helpful...more

CFTC Guidance on Cross-Border Application of United States Swap Regulations

Introduction - On July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) adopted interpretive guidance (the “Guidance”) that details the CFTC’s interpretation of the application of the Commodity Exchange...more

"CFTC Deadlines Loom for Commercial End Users"

End users of swaps should be aware of three impending deadlines for complying with new Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulations....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

CFTC Adopts Final SEF, “Available to Trade” and Block Trade Rules – Implications for End - Users

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently adopted three final rules pursuant to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Customer Protection Act that impact the manner in which end-users’ cleared...more

D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Dodd-Frank Inspired CFTC Regulations Subjecting Mutual Funds That Invest in Commodities to CFTC...

In 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), in response to Dodd-Frank, adopted new regulations to require mutual funds and other registered investment companies that exceed certain position levels in commodity...more

What Every End-User Needs to Know About the ISDA March 2013 DF Protocol

On March 22, 2013, ISDA published the March 2013 DF Protocol, and on May 20, 2013, ISDA Amend1 became available to accept Questionnaires under the new Protocol. The March 2013 Protocol (which is completely separate from the...more

CFTC Final Rules on Registration and Operation of SEFs

On May 17, pursuant to Sections 721, 723 and 733 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC approved final rules governing the registration and operation of swap execution facilities (SEFs). The final rules implement the Dodd-Frank...more

CFTC Approves Final Regulations Governing Clearing Exemption for Swaps Between Certain Affiliated Entities and Provides No-Action...

On April 1, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved a final rule (Regulation 50.52) exempting swaps between certain affiliated entities from the clearing requirements of the Commodity Exchange Act...more

CFTC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Disruptive Trade Practices

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued interpretive guidance and a policy statement (interpretive statement) with respect to Section 4c(a)(5) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), which prohibits certain...more

Impending Swap Reporting Requirements to Impact All Swap Market Participants

All swap market participants, including commercial end-users, should be aware of the upcoming April 10 deadline for Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) swap reporting and recordkeeping requirements under Parts 43, 45...more

Impact of Dodd-Frank Swap Regulations on Guaranties and Loan Documentation

Often in connection with commercial loans, borrowers will enter into hedging transactions (“swaps”) for the purpose of mitigating interest rate, commodity or currency risk. Such swaps will frequently be entered into directly...more

DOL Issues Guidance for ERISA Plans to Engage in Cleared Swaps

On February 7, 2013, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued Advisory Opinion 2013-01A (the “Advisory Opinion”), which provides guidance under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for employee benefit...more

CFTC Amends Order of Registration and Approves Rulebook for LCH.Clearnet LLC

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an amended order of registration to LCH.Clearnet LLC (LCH LLC), formerly the International Derivatives Clearinghouse, LLC. LCH LLC’s parent company, LCH.Clearnet Group Limited,...more

Dodd-Frank News: January 2013: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Monthly Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES . Dodd-Frank Challenges Under the Administrative Procedure Act and Commodity Exchange Act . Preemption . Whistleblower Protection Under the Dodd-Frank Act . Arbitration...more

CFTC Issues Exemptive Order to ICE Clear Credit Permitting Commingling and Portfolio Margining of Cleared Credit Default Swaps and...

The Commodity Futures Exchange Commission has issued an exemptive order (Order) that permits the commingling and portfolio margining of cleared credit default swaps (CDS) and security-based swaps (SB CDS)...more

Final Exemptive Order Regarding Compliance With Certain Swap Regulations; Further Proposed Guidance

On December 21, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “Commission” or “CFTC”) approved an exemptive final order (the “Final Order”) providing time-limited relief from certain cross-border applications of the...more

SEC Permits Portfolio Margining of Credit Default Swaps

Order grants exemptive relief from Exchange Act requirements; parallel CFTC relief expected soon. On December 14, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order granting exemptive relief (Exemptive Order)...more

SEC Issues Exemptive Order in Connection with Portfolio Margining of Cleared Swaps and Security-Based Swaps

Provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) and the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) preclude market participants from portfolio margining collateral and other property that is required by the Exchange Act...more

CFTC Classifies Certain Securitization Vehicles as Not Being Commodity Pools

Recent changes to the commodity pool regulations under the Commodity Exchange Act (the “CEA”) may subject certain securitization transactions and their managers to regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the...more

U.S. District Court Rebuffs ICI Challenge To CFTC Rule 4.5 Amendments

On December 12, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released its decision in Investment Company Institute v. U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, rebuffing the Investment Company Institute (ICI)’s...more

Treasury Department Issues Final Determination Exempting Foreign Exchange Swaps and Certain Foreign Exchange Forwards from the...

On November 16, 2012, the United States Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury Department”) issued a final determination (the “Final Determination”) regarding the treatment of foreign exchange swaps and certain foreign...more

The CFTC’s Interpretive Letters Regarding Securitizations, REITs and the Definition of “Commodity Pool”

In two interpretive letters issued on October 11, 2012 (collectively, the “Interpretive Letters”), the Division of Swap Dealers and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the...more

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