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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

Final EU Guidelines on Information regarding Commodity Derivatives and Spot Markets

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a Final Report and final Guidelines on information expected or required to be disclosed on commodity derivatives markets or related spot markets under the Market Abuse...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Keynote Remarks at 4th Annual North American Derivatives Summit

As part of his keynote remarks at the 4th Annual OTC Derivatives Summit North America, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad addressed the CFTC’s achievements in the past year and more specifically,...more

ESMA Issues Final Guidelines on Inside Information and Commodity Derivatives under MAR

On September 30, 2016, the European Securities Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published final guidelines (ESMA/2016/1412) on information relating to commodity derivatives disclosable under the Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation...more

IRS Addresses RIC Qualification Matters Related to Derivatives and Use of Blocker Corporations

On Wednesday, September 28, the IRS and Treasury Department proposed regulations under Section 851 of the Code that, if finalized, could prospectively invalidate dozens of private letter rulings treating subpart F and passive...more

The Big Picture: EU's Financial Regulation Offensive

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the national and international response by legislators and regulators has been to substantially overhaul and increase financial regulation applicable to banks and other financial...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 37

CFTC To Host Roundtable on Recent CPMI-IOSCO Guidance - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will host a roundtable on October 6 to gather feedback in relation to a report on central counterparty resilience and...more

SEC Amendments to Form ADV and Advisers Act Rules Change Investment Adviser Reporting Requirements

Proposals made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2015 to amend Form ADV and certain rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) (SEC Proposes Significant Reporting Requirement Amendments to...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Initial Proposals on the Trading Obligation under MiFIR

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a discussion paper on the trading obligation for derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation. The trading obligation is applicable to classes of...more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: September 2016

In this issue of The Delta Report, we bring you further updates on developments in the global derivatives space. In Europe, the focus is on Brexit and the newly-released EU final regulatory standards on the valuation of...more

European Supervisory Authorities Opines on Final Draft Technical Standards on Uncleared Derivatives

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities published an Opinion on the European Commission's proposed amendments to the final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on risk mitigation techniques for uncleared...more

Providing Brokerage Services in Commodities in the UAE: futures and derivatives trading

To perform as a trader (broker) of commodities in the UAE the company (a legal entity incorporated according to the UAE law or foreign company incorporated outside the UAE) needs to carry out the necessary procedures to...more

Financial Stability Board Reports on Implementation of Over-the-Counter Derivatives Reforms 

The Financial Stability Board published its eleventh progress report on the implementation of reforms by standard-setting bodies, national and regional authorities and market participants to the over-the-counter derivatives...more

SEC Amends Form ADV and Investment Adviser Recordkeeping Rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted amendments to Form ADV and to Rule 204-2 (Recordkeeping Rule), as well as technical amendments to other rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

Investment Management Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

SEC Adopts Amendments To The Books And Records Rule And To Form ADV Addressing Separately Managed Accounts, Social Media, And...

On August 25, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted amendments to rules promulgated under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”) and the investment adviser registration and...more

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

EMIR – Exemption for Danish Pension Schemes and Endorsement of Margin Requirements for Uncleared Derivatives - ESMA issued its opinion exempting certain Danish pension scheme from central clearing under EMIR on 3 August...more

Expanded Licensing Regime for Asset Managers Managing OTC Derivatives Transactions

Key Points - - Amended Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance expands existing type 9 Regulated Activity (Asset Management) to cover management of OTC derivative products. - A Type 9 licenseholder managing...more

SEC Amendments Require Advisers to Disclose More Information and Keep Additional Records

On August 25, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and to several rules under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) (collectively, the Amendments). The SEC adopted the...more

The SEC Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Recordkeeping Rule: Advisers Now Required to Disclose Information About Separately...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently amended Form ADV to require investment advisers to disclose more information about their separately managed account business, aggregate data related to the use of...more

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