Major Swap Participants

Major Swap Participants are individuals or entities who are not swap dealers and who "maintain a substantial position in swaps for any of the major swap categories, whose outstanding swaps create substantial... more +
Major Swap Participants are individuals or entities who are not swap dealers and who "maintain a substantial position in swaps for any of the major swap categories, whose outstanding swaps create substantial counterparty exposure that could have serious adverse effects on the US banking system or financial markets, or are financial entities that are highly leveraged relative to the amount of capital they hold and that are not subject to the capital requirements established by an appropriate federal banking agency and maintain a substantial position in outstanding swaps in any major category as established by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission." Major Swap Participants are defined by the Commodity and Exchange Act and are required to register as such under the CFTC's Final Rules.  less -
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CFTC Issues Proposed Rules on Cross-Border Uncleared Swap Margin Requirements

The CFTC has combined an entity-level approach with a transaction-level approach in its proposed cross-border uncleared swap margin requirements. Introduction - On October 3, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading...more

CFTC Proposes Rule on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps in Cross-Border Transactions

On June 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed a rule that is intended to clarify the extent to which covered swap entities must comply with CFTC’s margin rules for uncleared swaps in cross-border transactions....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Updates Single Rulebook Q&As: June 26, 2015 - On June 26, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its Q&As on the single rulebook, publishing eight new questions. The single rulebook Q&As relate...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants from Compliance with Reporting Obligations

On June 15, CFTC Division of Market Oversight published a letter extending the time-limited relief provided by previously issued no-action letter 14-90, expiring on June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2016. The relief applies to the...more

CFTC Further Extends Valuation Data Reporting Relief for SDs and MSPs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has further extended no-action relief from the valuation data reporting requirements for cleared swaps under CFTC Regulation 45.4(b)(2)(ii)....more

NFA Proposes Amendments to Its Articles of Incorporation

On May 29, the National Futures Association provided notice to its members of the unanimous approval by the NFA Board of Directors (Board) of proposed amendments to NFA’s Articles of Incorporation. Subject to approval by...more

CFTC Revises Seven-Part Test for Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On May 18, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final interpretation on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (“Final EVO Interpretation”).1 In the Final EVO...more

SEC’s Proposed SBS Rules on Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities

When the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules in June 2014 on the cross-border activities of security-based swap (SBS) dealers and major SBS participants, the SEC indicated that it would reserve the...more

Swaps End-User Update: CFTC Provides Helpful Interpretation for Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On May 12, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued its final interpretation (Final Interpretation) to clarify when a nonfinancial commodity contract that contains “embedded volumetric optionality”...more

CFTC Revises Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

In 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an interpretation that identifies the circumstances in which an agreement, contract or transaction would fall within the forward contract exclusions from the “swap” and...more

"CFTC Issues Revised Embedded Volumetric Optionality Interpretation for Swaps"

On May 12, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued revised interpretive guidance for forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). In 2012, the CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Security-based Swap Activity of Non-US Persons in the United States

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed some additional rules for security-based swaps (SBS) that reflect a firm belief (shared by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission) that derivatives activity...more

Swaps End-User Update CFTC Proposes Reporting and Recordkeeping Relief for Commodity Trade Options

On April 30, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved a notice of proposed rulemaking (Proposed Rules) to reduce reporting and recordkeeping obligations for end-users that use commodity trade...more

CFTC Proposes Changes to Trade Option Rules for End Users

The CFTC has proposed several important changes that would alleviate the reporting and recordkeeping obligations of end users with respect to trade options (or provide by rule certain relief currently only available under...more

CFTC Proposal Eases Trade Option Obligations for Non-SD/MSP Counterparties

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend part 32 of its regulations governing trade options to reduce the reporting requirements for counterparties that are not swap dealers or major swap participants...more

Dodd-Frank Update: CFTC Proposes to Reduce Trade Option Obligations for End Users

On April 30, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing to reduce certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements for end users. Notably, the NOPR...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 17

In this issue: - SEC Proposes New Pay-for-Performance Rules - NASAA Launches a Streamlined Filing Process for Form D - CFTC Proposal Eases Trade Option Obligations for Non-SD/MSP Counterparties -...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2015 #4

In this issue: - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Seeks Comment on Potential New Deposit Account Records Requirements for Banks with a Large Number of Deposit Accounts - Basel Committee Removes Selected...more

CFTC and Australian Regulator Sign Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Cross-Border SDs and MSPs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the supervision of CFTC-registered swap dealers and major swap...more

CFTC Extends CCO Report Filing Deadline

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued permanent no-action relief from the filing deadline for chief compliance officer (CCO) annual reports....more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Relief Regarding CCO Annual Report Timing Requirement

On March 27, CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight announced that it is providing no-action relief to futures commission merchants, swap dealers and major swap participants from their obligation under...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 13

In This Issue: - CFTC Extends Portfolio Margining on ICE Clear Europe - CFTC Extends CCO Report Filing Deadline - CFTC Issues Relief to Swap Dealers Regarding Legacy SPV Swaps - CME Updates Order...more

"CFTC Extends Annual Report Deadline for Certain Chief Compliance Officers"

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued no-action relief that provides chief compliance officers (CCOs) of registered swap dealers (SDs),...more

CFTC Provides Chief Compliance Officers Additional Time to Submit Annual Reports

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued a no-action letter to futures commission merchants, swap dealers and major swap participants, referred to as registrants, that provides relief from certain...more

NFA Notifies SDs and MSPs of Annual Questionnaire Requirements

Beginning April 1, National Futures Association (NFA) will require its member swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) to complete the SD-MSP Annual Questionnaire as part of its annual membership renewal process....more

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