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OTC Derivatives Regulators Issue Report Regarding Cross-Border Issues

On September 10, the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Regulators Group (ODRG) issued a report providing an update to the Group of 20 (G20) on its progress in resolving over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives cross-border...more

ESMA Discussion Paper on Calculation of Counterparty Risk by UCITS for OTC Derivatives Subject to EMIR Clearing

On July 23, ESMA published a discussion paper on how the limits on counterparty risk in centrally cleared OTC derivative transactions under the UCITS IV Directive should be calculated, and whether the same rules for both OTC...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition

In this issue: - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - PCAOB Adopts Auditing Standard and Amendments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition

In this issue: - EU DEVELOPMENTS - Statutory Audit Directive and Regulation Published in Official Journal - Council Adopts Intra-Corporate Transferees Directive - ESMA Publishes Consultation and...more

Application of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation to Alternative Investment Fund Managers

European investment managers of non-UCITs funds will have to be authorised as an alternative investment fund manager (known as an “AIFM” under AIFMD) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) from 22...more

Breaking the ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Insolvency Stalemate

On 19 June 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) published an amendment to the ISDA Master Agreement for use in relation to section 2(a)(iii) of that agreement, for parties who wish to amend their...more

Collateralising Uncleared Derivatives Trades under EMIR – Draft Regulatory Technical Standards

On April 14, 2014, the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs”) published the anticipated first draft regulatory technical standards (“RTS”) on risk-mitigation techniques for over the counter (“OTC”) derivatives contracts...more

Canadian Securities Regulators Delay Implementation of Derivatives Trade Reporting

Canadian securities regulators announced today that trade reporting requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions that involve “local counterparties” in the provinces of Ontario, Québec and Manitoba will...more

Over-The-Counter Derivatives and Financial Benchmarks Regulations

The first bill to implement the proposals contained within the 2014 Federal Budget for over-the-counter derivatives regulations and financial benchmarks has been introduced in Parliament. Bill C-31, titled the Economic Action...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - March 18, 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - People - Events -...more

Fourth Update: Dodd-Frank Rules Impact End-Users of Foreign Exchange Derivatives - Key Recent Developments

This March 2014 update is a summary of certain recent developments under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) that impact corporate end-users of over-the-counter foreign exchange (FX)...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Hearings - Excerpt from Derivatives: FSB Consults on Approaches to Aggregate OTC Derivatives Data On 4...more

EMIR Trade Reporting Requirements Come Into Effect 12 February 2014

Following the European Securities and Markets Authority’s approval and registration of the first four trade repositories (TRs) in November 2013, counterparties to all types of over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives...more

"EMIR Regulations Continue to Impact Derivatives Markets in 2014"

The financial crisis highlighted a number of problems in global OTC derivatives markets, including transparency, counterparty credit risk and a consequent removal of market liquidity. International concerns about these...more

Two Months to Comply With European Reporting Rules for Derivatives – What Buy-Side Entities Need To Know

Many of the provisions of the Regulation on Derivative Transactions, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories, known as the European Market Infrastructure Regulation 648/2012 (“EMIR”), are now in effect throughout the...more

Cross-Border Application of EMIR — What Has Changed?

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has now published its Final Report regarding the cross-­border application of European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) Regulatory Technical Standards (the ...more

2013 ISDA Arbitration Guide Published

On 9 September 2013, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published its 2013 ISDA Arbitration Guide. The decision to introduce optional arbitration clauses for the 1992 and 2002 ISDA Master...more

Basel III Framework: The Credit Valuation Adjustment (CVA) Charge for OTC Derivative Trades

The credit valuation adjustment charge in Basel III appears, at first glance, to be the preserve of quantitative analysts and the like. However, while complex, the CVA charge requires more widespread attention as it...more

IRS Finalizes Regulations on Transfers of Derivative Contracts

The IRS has issued final regulations on the transfer or assignment of certain derivative contracts. A derivative is a financial instrument that is priced upon a derivation of the value of one or several underlying assets,...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: The Long Arm of U.S. OTC Derivatives Reform and Non-U.S. Fund Managers

Dodd-Frank upended the status quo of the global OTC derivatives markets, imposing a host of clearing, margin and other requirements on market participants. But as these reforms began to take effect in the United States in the...more

ESMA Publishes Advice to the Commission on Equivalence of Certain Non-EU Countries’ Regulatory Regimes Under EMIR

On September 3, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its advice to the European Commission (the Commission) on the equivalence of the regulatory regimes of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore,...more

First steps on the path forward: As US swap execution facilities go live, the EU’s move to mandatory exchange trading continues....

At their September 2009 summit in Pittsburgh, G20 leaders agreed that by no later than December 2012, all standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives should be traded on exchanges or electronic trading platforms ‘where...more

Forthcoming Rules Under EMIR on Dispute Resolution and Portfolio Reconciliation

The European Commission’s regulation on clearing of OTC derivatives (EMIR) requires counterparties to OTC derivative contracts that are not cleared by a central counterparty to mitigate their trading risks by using a number...more

ESMA Publishes Q&As on EMIR

On August 8, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published Questions and Answers on the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR)....more

Actions Required Under Derivatives Reforms

The first wave of financial regulatory change affecting banks, brokers and their users is in the field of derivatives. Various deadlines for new reporting, clearing and conduct of business requirements are imminent. The...more

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