Commodities Futures Trading Commission Swap Dealers

The United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission was created in 1974 to regulate commodity futures and option markets. The Commission’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from... more +
The United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission was created in 1974 to regulate commodity futures and option markets. The Commission’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from fraud, abuse, and systemic risk associated with derivatives subject to the Commodities Exchange Act. In 2010, as a result of the Frank-Dodd Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection, the Commission’s role was expanded to include drafting rules for regulating the swaps marketplace. less -
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Update: CFTC Delays Compliance Deadline for New Swap Margin Rules

Although the letter technically does not delay the effective date of March 1, 2017, from the perspective of the buy side, the letter functions as a “grace period,” and the compliance date has been moved to September 1, 2017....more

Documentation for the New Swap Margin Rules and Thoughts for the Buy Side and End Users

Because of the implementation of new regulatory requirements relating to both variation and initial margin for swaps, swap documentation for many market participants is about to become much more complicated....more

U.S. CFTC Enforcement Considerations for 2017

Change is in the air and the political landscape may significantly affect the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s enforcement agenda. Last month, Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo rose to the position of Acting...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying with the EU Margin Rules

The CFTC has issued no-action relief for Swap Dealers that are subject to, and in compliance with, the EU margin rules but fail to comply with certain provisions of the CFTC’s margin rules for the period from February 4, 2017...more

CFTC Permits Unaudited Financial Statements Upon Liquidation of a Series of a Pool That is Also a Registered Investment Company

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) has provided general exemptive relief to persons registered as commodity pool operators (“CPO”) under the Commodity Exchange Act that operate commodity pools...more

Will the CFTC Postpone the March 1, 2017 Variation Margin Deadline?

Derivatives traders and lawyers are focused on March 1. Not for any basketball tournaments, but for the variation margin (VM) big bang. From March 1, 2017, swap dealers and financial end-users will be required to exchange VM...more

US House of Representatives Passes Bill Re-Authorizing the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 238, the Commodity End-User Relief Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the US CFTC...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Proposes Rule Establishing Minimum Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers

The CFTC issued a proposed rule establishing minimum capital requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants. As required by section 731 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the rules...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Re-Proposal of Position Limits Regulation - On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") unanimously approved to re-propose rules that...more

CFTC Approves Minimal Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants

On December 2, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously approved proposed rules that establish minimum capital requirements for swap dealers and major swap participants. The proposed rules set...more

"Non-Cleared Swap Variation Margin Requirements to Spark Credit Support Annex Amendments for Financial End Users"

On March 1, 2017, new rules adopted by U.S. Prudential Regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will require registered swap dealers to post and collect daily variation margin for over-the-counter,...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Approves Rule Amending Chief Compliance Officer Annual Report Timing for Certain...

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced its unanimous approval of a final rule amending CFTC regulation 3.3 to provide for a 90-day window after the end of an institution’s fiscal year for the filing of chief...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Division of Market Oversight Reminds Market Participants of the Upcoming Expiration of Certain No-Action Relief From the Ownership and Control Final Rule - On November 16,...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule Amending the Timing for Filing Chief Compliance Officer Annual Reports by Certain Registrants

On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) issued a final rule modifying and clarifying previous guidance regarding compliance reports for futures commission merchants, swap dealers and...more

Guide to U.S. Variation Margin Documentation for Financial End Users

The scheduled implementation date applicable for most financial end users for the mandatory posting of variation margin to their swap dealer counterparties under U.S. margin rules is March 1, 2017. In most cases, the U.S....more

Futures and Derivatives Alert: Update on NFA’s Swap Dealer Examinations and Upcoming Priorities

Introduction - Both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the National Futures Association (NFA), the self-regulatory organization for the US derivatives industry, have signaled their expectation—now...more

[Webinar] Not Your Grandmother's Form 40 - Nov. 22nd, 2:00 pm EDT

Tuesday, November 22, 20162:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT A common tool that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) relies upon to conduct market surveillance, including monitoring compliance with...more

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal to Regulation Automated Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a supplemental proposal on automated trading November 4, 2016, that revises a number of the regulations proposed by the Commission in its initial proposal. The Supplemental...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule for Filing Chief Compliance Officer Annual Reports

The CFTC approved a final rule amending a CFTC regulation addressing the timing for filing chief compliance officer annual reports for certain registrants. The final rule amends CFTC regulation 3.3 to provide futures...more

CFTC Issues Cross-Border Proposal

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued proposed rules to address certain issues related to the cross-border application of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

CFTC Cross-Border Regulatory Update: New Proposal on Cross-Border Swap Transactions and Other Developments

On October 11, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed rule on the Cross-Border Application of the Registration Thresholds and External Business Conduct Standards Applicable to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards - On October 19, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Signs Memorandum of Understanding with UK Financial Conduct Authority to Improve...

The CFTC announced that CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad and Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the FCA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding cooperation and the exchange of information in the supervision and...more

Commission Approves an Order Regarding Swap Dealer Registration De Minimis Exception

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission extended until December 31, 2018, the $8 billion swap dealer registration de minimis threshold. Unless it is further modified, the threshold will become $3...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Speaks to SIFMA Annual Meeting Regarding the Agency’s Ongoing Work and Rulemaking...

Timothy Massad, Chairman of the CFTC, spoke at the SIFMA annual meeting about clearinghouse regulation, technological changes and finishing Dodd-Frank rulemaking. Massad first highlighted ongoing CFTC work regarding stress...more

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