Credit Default Swaps

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New Credit Default Swap Terms to Be Implemented in September 2014

Earlier this year, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc. (ISDA) published the 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions (the 2014 Definitions). The 2014 Definitions introduce a new government bail-in Credit Event...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - July 2014

Extension of Certain Dodd-Frank No-Action Relief - The CFTC recently established a phased compliance timeline for the implementation of the execution requirement currently applicable to certain interest rate swaps and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Announces New Approach for Considering Requests for Relief from Registration for Delegating Commodity Pool Operators - On May 12, CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight announced a streamlined...more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2014

In This Issue: -- Main Article: DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction -- Noted With Interest: Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Aim to Lessen Burden of Discovery --...more

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

ISDA Publishes 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) announced the publication of the 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions (the “2014 Definitions”), which pertain to credit default swaps (“CDS”). The 2014 Definitions...more

"Mandatory SEF/DCM Trading Begins for Certain Interest Rate Swaps"

As of February 15, 2014, certain types of fixed-for-floating interest rate swaps must be executed on a swap execution facility (SEF) or a designated contract market (DCM), unless an exception applies (e.g., the commercial...more

CFTC Certifies Two More “Available to Trade” Determinations

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) certified two additional available to trade determinations (MAT determinations). The latest MAT determinations cover additional interest rate swaps (IRS) and, for the...more

CFTC Certifies Available-to-Trade Determinations

In October, TW SEF LLC (TW SEF) and MarketAxess SEF Corporation submitted self-certified determinations that certain interest rate and credit default swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity...more

CFTC Issues Time-Limited No-Action Letter Relating to Certain CDS Clearing-Related Swaps Executed Pursuant to a CDS Settlement...

On December 31, CFTC issued a no-action letter providing time-limited relief relating to certain occasional, off-facility, cleared credit default swaps (CDSs) that are entered into pursuant to a DCO’s rules related to its...more

CFTC Settles Charges Against JPMorgan Chase for “London Whale” Swaps

On October 16, CFTC brought and settled charges of employing a manipulative device in connection with the JPMorgan Chase trading of certain credit default swaps (CDS), in violation of the new Dodd-Frank prohibition against...more

Private Fund Update - October 14, 2013

In this issue: - The President - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) - Managed Fund Association (MFA) -...more

Criminal Antitrust Newsletter - July 2013

INDUSTRY SCORECARD - E-books: Apple Inc.’s high-profile price-fixing trial ended in June, and the Court decided the case in the government’s favor recently. Some reports from the trial suggested that the case brought...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation

In this issue: - Shearman & Sterling Secures Favorable Settlement of $807 Million IRS Claim Against Ambac Financial Group - AIG Case Requires Economic Substance for Transactions Generating Foreign Tax...more

Tax Talk -- Volume 6, No. 1 -- April 2013

In This Issue: House Ways & Means Committee Proposal Would Require Mark-to-Market for Derivatives and Modify Certain Other Tax Rules; After Months of Anticipation, Final FATCA Regulations Released; Congress Considers...more

ICE Clear Europe Authorized to Portfolio Margin Swaps and Security-Based Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an order (Order) permitting ICE Clear Europe Limited (ICE Clear Europe) and its clearing members that are registered both as broker-dealers under the Securities Exchange Act of...more

SEC Approves on an Accelerated Basis FINRA Rule Change Relating to Margin Requirements for Credit Default Swaps

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed change to amend FINRA Rule 4240, which implements an interim pilot program with respect to margin requirements related to...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - March 29, 2013

In this issue: - Proposed Change to FINRA Rule Regarding Release of Disciplinary Complaints, Decisions and Other Information - SEC Approves on an Accelerated Basis FINRA Rule Change Relating to Margin...more

"New CFTC Swap Clearing Rules to Require Board Review and Approval of the Election to Rely on the 'Commercial End-User Exception'"

New Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) swaps clearing rules will force non-financial entities to stop uncleared trading of certain interest-rate swaps (IRS) and index credit default swaps (index CDS) starting on...more

Reminder: Upcoming Deadlines for Clearing Requirements for Certain Swaps

Investment managers who use swaps on behalf of their clients (including funds) are reminded that the phase-in for mandatory clearing of certain types of swaps has begun. Investment managers should be analyzing (a) the types...more

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