Credit Default Swaps

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Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 26

SEC/CORPORATE – SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues C&DIs on Application of Rule 701 – On June 23, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (Staff) of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

A Flip on the Flip Clause: Lehman Court Changes Course on Flip Provisions and Financial Safe Harbors

New York bankruptcy judge dismisses claims to recover approximately $1 billion that had been distributed to noteholders following commencement of the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 proceedings in September 2008. After more...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 24

SEC/CORPORATE - DC Circuit Court Rejects States’ Challenge of Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+ - On June 14, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) rejected challenges...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #5

Commission discusses crowdfunding in the CMU - The Commission has published a report on crowdfunding in the EU capital markets union (CMU). The report assesses national regimes, identifies best practice and presents the...more

EU Legislation Imposing Clearing Obligation for Credit Default Swaps Published

A Commission Delegated Regulation on central clearing for credit default swaps supplementing the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Under the Regulation,...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #20

Treasury Committee publishes systemic risk buffer dispute - Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, has published correspondence from BoE’s Governor, Mark Carney, in relation to a disagreement between Sir...more

ISDA Publishes Updated EMIR Classification Letter

On April 13, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (“ISDA”) published an updated classification letter that enables counterparties to notify each other of their status for clearing and other regulatory...more

Will Antitrust Cases Relating to Securities Transactions Invite More Objections Because of Their Complexity?

The deadline for parties to object to the settlement in the In re Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation, Master Docket No. 13-MD-2476 (DLC) in the Southern District of New York recently passed on February 29, 2016. Unlike...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 2016 #2

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

US Office of Financial Research Publishes Working Paper on the Impact of Counterpart Defaults on the Banking System

The US Office of Financial Research (OFR) published a working paper using data on the credit default swap (CDS) market to assess the impact of a counterparty default on banks and the financial system as a whole. Using data...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation To Require Mandatory Clearing of Certain Credit Default Swaps

On March 1, the European Commission (EC) adopted new rules in the form of a delegated regulation (Delegated Regulation) to impose clearing obligations on certain index credit default swaps (CDSs). The contracts captured by...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 9

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Chair Addresses Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies - On February 25, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White addressed members of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on...more

Bank Resolutions – Trust the Regulators, but Keep Your Powder Dry

In times of financial turbulence, politicians, regulators and the media make the case for tighter controls of the markets. However, with new regulatory powers coming in and the resulting extra layer of complexity that their...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.10.16

We’ve all heard about the billions in tax savings associated with corporate tax inversions, but Deal Professor says the real tax-avoidance game is in a strategy called “earnings stripping”—a technique in which a multinational...more

Financial Services & Products Advisory: CFTC Provides Swap Clearing Relief for Smaller Bank Holding Companies and Savings and Loan...

On January 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) issued a no-action letter (CFTC Letter 16-01) providing relief from the clearing requirement for some swaps...more

Commission closes credit default swaps case against banks

The Commission has closed its antitrust proceedings against all 13 investment banks involved in its investigation into the credit default swaps market. The banks involved were: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Bear...more

The Credit Default Swap Settlement – Antitrust Cases Provide Recovery Opportunities for Institutional Investors

Recently, class plaintiffs moved for the preliminary approval of a $1.865 billion settlement of the Credit Default Swap Antitrust Litigation. In this case the plaintiffs alleged that, in and around 2008 and 2009, a number of...more

SEC Settles Charges that Investment Adviser Failed to Adequately Disclose Changes in Investment Strategy

The SEC settled charges with two investment advisers to a closed-end fund based on allegations that the advisers failed to adequately disclose a change in investment strategy to the fund’s board and its investors. The SEC...more

Financial Entity Update: CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – America’s Next Top Model

Our first installment on the CFTC’s proposed margin rules (Margin Rules) for uncleared swaps addressed the importance of the “financial end user” definition and making certain notional calculations. Our second and third...more

ESMA Adds Index CDS to EMIR Mandatory Clearing Obligations

On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) finalized and issued a draft regulatory standard (RTS) for the mandatory clearing of certain credit default swaps (CDS) as required under the European Market...more

Court Denies CIFG’s Attempt to Refile CDO Suit Against J.P. Morgan

On September 23, Justice Marcy S. Friedman of the New York Supreme Court for New York County denied CIFG’s motion to amend its complaint against J.P. Morgan in a case the Court previously dismissed in June. CIFG had...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 16 • August 2015 (Global)

CSA proposes harmonized reporting for the exempt market. The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions that would introduce a new...more

ESMA Confirms Renewal of Short Selling Ban by Greek HCMC and Market Making Exemption

On August 3, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued an official opinion (Opinion), agreeing to renew for a further four weeks the emergency short selling prohibition originally imposed by the Hellenic...more

IOSCO Report on Post-Trade Transparency in Credit Default Swaps Market

On August 10, 2015, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published its final report on “post-trade transparency” in the credit default swaps (CDS) market (FR17/2015). The term post-trade...more

ESMA Renews Short Selling Ban by Greek HCMC

On July 6, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued an official opinion (Opinion), agreeing to renew the emergency short selling prohibition originally imposed by the Hellenic Capital Market Commission...more

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