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Financial Entity Update: The CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – Know Thyself

To clarify our intended audience, in the Financial Entity Update we will address issues germane to entities that trade swaps but are neither dealers nor commercial end users. This includes a broad and diverse group of...more

Mandatory Clearing in Europe May Still Be “A Ways Off”: ESMA Responds to Proposed Amendments on Interest Rate Swaps Clearing RTS...

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s mandatory clearing requirement for interest rate swaps and certain credit default swaps has been in place for quite some time. However, the clearing requirement...more

2015 CFTC Regulatory Agenda

As 2015 is now underway, we wanted to highlight some of the potential regulatory developments from the CFTC that may arise in the new year. Overall we expect 2015 to be a year of continued CFTC implementation of the...more

"CFTC Expands Large Trader Reporting and Increases Customer Account Protection Requirements"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) recently adopted several rules to improve large trader reporting, facilitate segregation of customer swap margin and enhance customer protections for futures and...more

Update on UK and European Regulatory Developments - October 2013

The latest edition of Financial Services Europe and International Update from Dechert’s Financial Services Practice covers the most recent regulatory developments. In This Issue: - Part A – Regulation of Financial...more

CFTC No-Action Relief

On June 4, the CFTC issued a no-action letter providing relief from the clearing requirement for swaps entered into by eligible treasury affiliates....more

CFTC Staff Issues New and Extends Current No-Action Relief

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently released two no-action letters (i) extending relief provided to futures commission merchants (FCMs) relating to risk-based limits for bunched orders and (ii) providing relief...more

CFTC Approves Final Regulations Governing Clearing Exemption for Swaps Between Certain Affiliated Entities and Provides No-Action...

On April 1, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved a final rule (Regulation 50.52) exempting swaps between certain affiliated entities from the clearing requirements of the Commodity Exchange Act...more

CFTC Approves Clearing Exemption for Inter-Affiliate Swaps

On April 1, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule that permits certain affiliates to elect not to clear a swap. To qualify for the clearing exemption, the counterparties’ financial statements must be...more

ISDA 2013 EMIR NFC Representation Protocol: Factors to consider in deciding whether to adhere

On 8 March 2013, The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc (“ISDA”) published the ISDA 2013 EMIR NFC Representation Protocol (the “Protocol”). Adherence to the Protocol provides parties to ISDA Master...more

CFTC Approves Final Regulations Governing Exemption From Required Clearing For Inter-Affiliate Swaps

The CFTC has issued a final rule to exempt swaps between certain affiliated entities within a corporate group from the clearing requirement under the Commodity Exchange Act, or CEA, and CFTC regulations. ...more

CFTC Grants Relief from Required Clearing for Swaps Resulting from Multilateral Portfolio Compression

On March 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Clearing and Risk granted no-action relief relating to the clearing requirement for swaps resulting from multilateral portfolio compression exercises (as...more

CFTC Provides Relief For Partial Swap Terminations

The CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk has issued a no-action letter that provides relief from required clearing for a limited set of “stub swaps” that remain after the partial novation or partial termination of an original...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - March 22, 2013

In this issue: - NASDAQ Proposes Internal Audit Function Requirement for Listed Issuers - FINRA’s Frequently Asked Questions on Electronic Blue Sheet Submissions Updated Regarding Order Execution Time -...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 18, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces the Start of Mandatory Clearing - CFTC Reminds Market Participants of Swap Data Reporting Requirements - Rating Agency Developments...more

CFTC Announces the Start of Mandatory Clearing

On March 11, the CFTC announced that swap dealers, major swap participants, and private funds active in the swaps market are required to begin clearing certain index credit default swaps and interest rate swaps that they...more

Mandatory Clearing Of Swaps Begins

Swap dealers, major swap participants and private funds active in the swaps market are required to begin clearing certain index credit default swaps, or CDS, and interest rate swaps that they entered into on or after March...more

"New CFTC Swap Clearing Rules to Require Board Review and Approval of the Election to Rely on the 'Commercial End-User Exception'"

New Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) swaps clearing rules will force non-financial entities to stop uncleared trading of certain interest-rate swaps (IRS) and index credit default swaps (index CDS) starting on...more

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