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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US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Approves Rule Amending Chief Compliance Officer Annual Report Timing for Certain...

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced its unanimous approval of a final rule amending CFTC regulation 3.3 to provide for a 90-day window after the end of an institution’s fiscal year for the filing of chief...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Division of Market Oversight Reminds Market Participants of the Upcoming Expiration of Certain No-Action Relief From the Ownership and Control Final Rule - On November 16,...more

Guide to U.S. Variation Margin Documentation for Financial End Users

The scheduled implementation date applicable for most financial end users for the mandatory posting of variation margin to their swap dealer counterparties under U.S. margin rules is March 1, 2017. In most cases, the U.S....more

CFTC Approves Supplemental Proposal to Regulation Automated Trading

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a supplemental proposal on automated trading November 4, 2016, that revises a number of the regulations proposed by the Commission in its initial proposal. The Supplemental...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule for Filing Chief Compliance Officer Annual Reports

The CFTC approved a final rule amending a CFTC regulation addressing the timing for filing chief compliance officer annual reports for certain registrants. The final rule amends CFTC regulation 3.3 to provide futures...more

CFTC Cross-Border Regulatory Update: New Proposal on Cross-Border Swap Transactions and Other Developments

On October 11, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed rule on the Cross-Border Application of the Registration Thresholds and External Business Conduct Standards Applicable to...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Speaks to SIFMA Annual Meeting Regarding the Agency’s Ongoing Work and Rulemaking...

Timothy Massad, Chairman of the CFTC, spoke at the SIFMA annual meeting about clearinghouse regulation, technological changes and finishing Dodd-Frank rulemaking. Massad first highlighted ongoing CFTC work regarding stress...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

CFTC Issues Fourth Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) issued a fourth penalty for violations of its Swaps Large Trader Reporting (“Swaps LTR”) rule. This time, the penalty was...more

Key Differences Between CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related Cross-Border Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers (SBSDs) and major security-based swap participants (MSBSPs) under Section 15F(h) of the Securities...more

CFTC Releases Its Final Staff Report on the Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception

Last month the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) released the final report of its staff (the “Staff”) on the de minimis exception to the CFTC’s definition of “swap dealer” (the “Final Report”). That exception,...more

CFTC Issues Final Rules on Cross-Border Uncleared Swap Margin Requirements

The CFTC has combined an entity-level approach with a transaction-level approach in its final cross-border uncleared swap margin requirements. Introduction - On December 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Approves Final Rule to Amend Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for...

The CFTC approved a final rule to amend existing swaps reporting regulations in order to provide additional clarity to swap counterparties and registered entities regarding their reporting obligations for cleared swap...more

US Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Final Rule Regarding Trade Acknowledgments

The US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a final rule requiring security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants to provide trade acknowledgments for security-based swap transactions. The trade...more

CFTC Finalizes Cross-Border Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

On May 24, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules (cross-border margin rules) that specify how its recently issued uncleared margin rules apply to cross-border transactions. Chairman Timothy...more

CFTC Amends Swap Portfolio Reconciliation Requirement

On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule to amend the swap portfolio reconciliation requirement. Under CFTC Regulation 23.500(i), swap dealers and major swap participants were...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Approves Final Rule on Amendments to the Swap Portfolio Reconciliation Requirement

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule to amend a requirement found in CFTC Regulation 23.500(i) that swap dealers and major swap participants exchange the terms of swaps with their counterparties for...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 16

SEC/CORPORATE SEC Releases Registration Fee Estimator On April 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the release of an online tool that will assist companies in calculating registration fees relating to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - FHFA Announces Principal Reduction Program for Struggling Underwater Homeowners - On April 14, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a new Principal Reduction Modification...more

CFTC Proposed Guidance on Gas and Capacity Contracts Further Reduces Dodd-Frank Swap Burdens on End-Users

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued proposed guidance that two products – common in competitive wholesale electric and natural gas markets – would not be considered swaps under the...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Approves Final Rule to Amend the Trade Option Exemption

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule that removes certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements for trade option counterparties that are neither swap dealers nor major swap participants...more

"CFTC Eliminates End-User Trade Option Reporting Requirements and Addresses Applicability of Position Limits"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) adopted a final rule effective March 21, 2016, that eliminates the reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the CFTC’s existing trade option exemption for...more

CFTC Finalizes Relief from Trade Option Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Commercial End Users

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved a final rule that eliminates the reporting and recordkeeping requirements in current CFTC regulations for trade option counterparties that are...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016 #3

Industry Comments to Regulation AT Argue CFTC Proposed Rules Too Prescriptive; Registration and Source Code Requirements Particularly Objectionable - After declining multiple requests to extend the comment period that...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule Eliminating Certain Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Trade Option End-Users

On March 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a final rule removing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for trade option counterparties that are neither swap dealers nor major swap...more

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