Derivatives

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European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS for the Application of Position Limits to Commodity Derivatives

On December 1, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) in relation to regulatory standards (“RTS“) for the application of position limits to commodity...more

Officers and Directors Spared Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Lawsuit

Officers and directors may breathe a temporary sigh of relief following the recent dismissal of the Home Depot data breach derivative case. Others will look to the facts for guidance. The complaint alleging the board had...more

Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets

For the first time in the history of derivatives, regulators in leading markets will require assets to collateralize many derivatives which are not settled in a regulated clearinghouse. It is not possible to overstate...more

"CFTC Revises the Regulation AT Proposal for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an amendment to the Regulation AT framework it originally proposed in December 2015 for automated trading on U.S. derivatives exchanges. Addressing the issues raised in the...more

Exchanges Adopt Generic Listing Standards for Actively Managed ETFs

Introduction - Earlier this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved new rules proposed by Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“Bats”) and NYSE Arca, Inc. (“Arca”) that establish generic listing standards (“Active...more

"Looking Ahead: The U.S. Legal and Regulatory Environment Under a Trump Administration"

Election Day brought an end to a long period of uncertainty that caused market fluctuations and delayed business planning decisions. As we navigate the post-election landscape, many questions remain regarding the potential...more

SEC Considering Key Changes to Derivative Exposure Calculations

On November 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) published additional economic analysis setting forth the methodology used to analyze certain comments received...more

SEC Issues Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules

On October 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted significant reforms under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”), that impose extensive new disclosure and reporting obligations...more

Blog: Council of the European Union publishes a “State of play” on the European Tobin Tax

The Council of the European Union has published a “State of play” on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive on enhanced cooperation on a financial transaction tax (FTT), between Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece,...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Interest Rate Hedging for Commercial Real Estate Finance Transactions - November 16th,...

This webinar will cover the basics of hedging interest rate risks of commercial finance transactions. Including a brief overview of the state of the current derivatives market, an overview of the ISDA Master Agreement and...more

ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol: Margin Rules Compliance Guide - United States

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. has published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol. The VM Protocol aims to facilitate compliance with the margin rules of various jurisdictions, including the...more

International Bodies Publish Second Consultation on Harmonization of Key OTC Derivatives Data Elements

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and the International Organization of Securities Commissions published a joint consultative report on the harmonization of a second batch of key OTC derivatives data...more

CFTC Expands Interest Rate Swap Clearing Requirements

One of the major goals of the Dodd-Frank Act, enacted in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, was to bring the swaps market under regulation generally and to require that standardized swaps be cleared by a central...more

Investment Management Update - October 2016

Investment Adviser AXA Wins Excessive Fee Trial - A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled in favor of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (AXA Equitable) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AXA Equitable Funds Management...more

European Commission Adopts Technical Standards on Margin for Uncleared Derivatives

The European Commission adopted Regulatory Technical Standards on risk mitigation techniques for uncleared OTC derivatives. The European Market Infrastructure Regulation requires counterparties to uncleared OTC derivative...more

Recent Insurer Victories in Indexed Annuity Class Actions

Recent federal court decisions effectively terminated two class action lawsuits challenging indexed annuity sales, seemingly ending an extended wave of class litigation in the federal courts against multiple insurers...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

EMIR – Revised List of CCPs and New Rules to Mitigate Risks in Non-Cleared OTC Derivative Transactions ESMA updated its list on 29 September 2016 of third-country central counterparties recognised to offer services and...more

Section 871(m) Dividend Equivalent Guidance Including New Transition Relief Expected After Mid-November

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) plans to release a guidance package including final rules and transition relief for dividend equivalent transactions described in Section 871(m) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code...more

"CFTC Proposes Rules to Count Cross-Border Swaps for Swap-Dealer Thresholds and Other Requirements"

The CFTC’s newly proposed rules on cross-border transactions address which swap activities affect swap-dealer thresholds and trigger transaction-level swap requirements. These are the latest in a series of CFTC rulemakings,...more

ISDA Master Agreement: English court considers meaning of “Default Rate”

The English High Court in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) [2016] EWHC 2417 (Ch), in one of a series of cases arising from the Lehman insolvency, has had to consider (among other issues) the meaning...more

Derivatives In Review - October 2016

CFTC Delays Reduction in Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Threshold - On October 13, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved an Order delaying for one year the reduction of the threshold for determining...more

SEC Fines Fantasy Stock Market App Developer

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently fined New York-based Forcerank LLC (“Forcerank”) $50,000 in connection with charges that Forcerank’s fantasy stock market mobile app illegally offers complex derivative...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

Court of Chancery Explains When Corporate Overpayment Claims Require Demand Futility

The issuance of additional stock in exchange for less than fair value typically is a harm falling on the company, and hence gives rise to a derivative claim. But, such a claim might be dual natured – partially direct and...more

News on Italian Stock Exchange: Admission to trading on SeDeX also for securitised derivatives traded and settled in a currency...

With notice no. 18285 of 30 September 2016, the Italian Stock Exchange has informed the market participants that, starting from 24 September 2016, also securitised derivatives traded and settled in a currency other than the...more

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