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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

Harmony or Dissonance: The CFTC’s and SEC’s Cross-Border Rules

Recently, the SEC issued final rules addressing, among other things, the applicability of the security-based swap dealer (“SBSD”) and major security-based swap participant (“MSBSP”) definitions to cross-border security-based...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Credit Ratings - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds - Enforcement...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules and Guidance Regarding the Cross-Border Application of “Security-Based Swap Dealer” and “Major...

Nearly four years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), on June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its first in a series of...more

SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules

The SEC adopted final rules addressing when market participants engaging in cross-border transactions must register as security-based swap dealers or major security-based swap participants, as applicable. Additionally, the...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at the SEC

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued new rules and guidance regarding cross-border security-based swap activities for market participants. The SEC issued the new rules as part...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

SEC Finalizes Cross-Border Rule for Security-Based Swaps

On June 25, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted the first in a series of final rules and interpretive guidance related to U.S. regulation of cross-border security-based swap activities....more

CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling Requirements

On June 25, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) extended to October 31 the relief previously granted in CFTC No-Action Letters Nos. 14-02 and 14-45....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 26

In this issue: - Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed - SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - House To Vote On CFTC Reauthorization Bill - This week, the House is expected to debate and vote on the reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) through September...more

Slick Transition: ICE Clear Europe’s Paul Swann Talks NYSE Integration [Video]

ICE Clear Europe is at the center of the Intercontinental Exchange’s effort to expand across Europe, as well as integrate NYSE Liffe products into its market. The clearing house has been busy trying to adjust to new...more

SEC to Hold Open Meeting on Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Definitions

On June 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will hold an open meeting on June 25 to consider whether to adopt rules that would apply the definitions of “security-based swap dealer” and “major...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 25

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That a Major Debt Holder and 48 Percent Stockholder Is a Controlling Stockholder and Owes Fiduciary Duties to Minority Stockholders - Delaware Court of Chancery...more

Legal Alert: CFTC Division of Market Oversight Releases Questions for June 19 Roundtable on Position Limits

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will host a public roundtable on June 19, 2014, to discuss questions related to a proposed rulemaking to establish speculative position limits for 28 exempt and agricultural...more

CFTC Issues No Action Letter On Application Of Swap Rules To Longevity Reinsurance Transaction

There has been considerable concern in the insurance and reinsurance industries that certain hedging and reinsurance activities that companies have engaged in for a number of years, particularly with respect to life insurance...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transaction-Level Requirements for Non-US Swap Dealers

On June 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter extending the relief provided by CFTC Letter No. 14-01...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 23

In this issue: - SEC Chair Gives Speech on Equity Market Structure - New CFTC Commissioners Confirmed; Chairman Sworn In - CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transaction-Level Requirements...more

CFTC Provides Streamlined No-Action Relief Filing Procedure to Certain Commodity Pool Operators Who Delegate Responsibilities to...

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) recently issued CFTC Letter No. 14-69 (May 12, 2014) (the “Letter”), which...more

SEC Proposed Rules: Recordkeeping and Reporting for SBSDs, MSBSPs and BDs; Capital Rules for Certain SBSDs

The SEC has proposed recordkeeping and reporting rules and capital charges for security-based swap dealers based on the current broker-dealer reporting and recordkeeping regime. Market participants in the derivatives...more

SEC Proposes Securities-Based Swap Recordkeeping, Reporting and Notification Requirements

On May 2, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)published in the Federal Register proposed regulations1 that would implement the recordkeeping, reporting and notification requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Public Companies: Board Should Review End-User Swap Approvals Annually

The Dodd-Frank Act permits certain end-users to elect to use an exception to the swap clearing requirements under certain conditions, which is referred to as the end-user exception. For public companies, the ability to elect...more

CFTC Proposes to Amend De Minimis Threshold for Swaps with Utility Providers

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend the “special entity” de minimis exception from swap dealer designation to exclude certain swaps with public utility providers. The proposed regulations are...more

CFTC Grants Recordkeeping Relief for Certain SEF and DCM Members

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and the Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have issued relief from certain recordkeeping obligations for persons that are not...more

CFTC Proposes Rule to Exclude Municipal Utilities from $25 Million De Minimis Swap Dealer Threshold

Today the CFTC published its proposed rule that would exclude most swaps used by municipal utilities for hedging purposes from counting against the $25 million swap dealer de minimis threshold that currently applies to swaps...more

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