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Derivatives: ISDA Announces 2016 New York Law Variation Margin Credit Support Annex

On April 14, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) announced the 2016 ISDA Credit Support Annex for Variation Margin for use with New York law transactions (the 2016 CSA). ISDA is in...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

CSSF Press Release 16/17 on Global Situation of UCIs and SIFs at the End of February 2016 - CSSF press release 16/17 of 31 March 2016 summarizes the global situation of Undertakings for Collective Investment and...more

Brexit – Legal Consequences For Commercial Parties: Derivatives – Possible Implications

This article aims to highlight some of the areas in which Brexit may impact the derivatives markets and discusses possible documentation, regulatory and legal implications. However, it is important to note that the particular...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #6

IOSCO updates information repository for OTC clearing - IOSCO has published an updated version of its information repository for central clearing requirements for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives. The repository sets...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On April 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Final Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage (MA) and...more

Private Secondary Markets and Rule 15c2-11

SEC Concerns with the “Piggyback” Exception of Rule 15c2-11 - Rule 15c2-11 (“Rule 15c2-11”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), sets forth procedures for the submission and...more

APRA Consults On Margin Requirements And Other Risk Mitigation Standards For Non-Centrally Cleared OTC Derivatives

On 25 February 2016, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) published a discussion paper and a draft prudential standard setting out APRA’s proposals for implementing margin requirements and other risk...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Singapore Continues Global Trend in Derivatives Regulation: Reporting...

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) continues to develop and strengthen its regulation of derivatives markets, most recently focusing its attention on the formulation and completion of a comprehensive reporting regime....more

Final European Standards for Derivatives Collateralisation

On 8 March 2016, the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published their final draft regulatory technical standards in relation to the collateralisation of non-centrally cleared derivatives. The standards are to...more

ESAs Publish Final Draft Technical Standards on Margin Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA, ESMA) (“ESAs“) has published final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (“RTS“) outlining the framework of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation...more

New Capital Markets Regulator: Extent of Consultation and CMA Provisions Remain of Concern

Comments on the revised consultation draft of the provincial/territorial Capital Markets Act (CMA) and the draft initial regulations (Initial Regulations and, together with the CMA, the Consultation Drafts) for the proposed...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation Relating to EMIR Clearing Obligations for Certain Credit Derivative Contracts

On March 1, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the European Union regulation on derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (“EMIR”). EMIR requires mandatory clearing of...more

Mandatory OTC Derivatives Clearing Rules Published for Second Round of Comments

On February 24, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a revised Proposed National Instrument 94-101 Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives (Proposed Clearing Rule) and a proposed...more

Canadian Derivatives Regulation: The New Looming Reality of Compliance and Costs for Energy Companies

Canadian energy companies, including energy producers, energy infrastructure companies, energy trading and marketing organizations, natural gas distribution companies, power transmission and generation companies, electric...more

Current Status of the Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

Although EMIR came into force as long ago as August 2012, the clearing obligation it provides for was first brought into effect in December 2015 on a phased basis and only for certain interest rate swaps denominated in the G4...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2015: Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector

The Luxembourg government recently launched the “reserved alternative investment fund” – a new form of Luxembourg AIF that does not require prior approval from the Luxembourg supervisory authority, the CSSF. In other...more

CPMI and IOSCO consult on harmonising UPI

BIS’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI) and IOSCO are consulting on a harmonised global unique product identifier (UPI). The UPI will uniquely identify OTC derivatives products that authorities require to...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2015: And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: Top 12 Regulatory Heads-up for the...

1st Day of Christmas – UCITS V* - The UCITS V Directive (UCITS V) introduces specific provisions on: - (i) eligibility, liability and delegation of depositaries; - (ii) remuneration policies;...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved on December 16 final rules (Final Rules) on margin requirements for over-the-counter uncleared swaps entered into by CFTC-registered swap dealers (SDs) and major...more

IOSCO publishes harmonisation responses

IOSCO has released the responses to its consultations on harmonisation of key OTC derivatives data elements and harmonisation of the unique transaction identifier (UTI) (see FReD 4 September and FReD 21 August respectively). ...more

FSB reports on OTC implementation

FSB has issued a peer review and a progress report on the implementation of reforms to the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market. The peer review assesses progress of FSB member jurisdictions in implementing trade...more

Check the Cooperative System’s Regulation of Prospectus Offerings and Continuous Disclosure: Like It So Far?

The revised consultation draft of the uniform provincial and territorial Capital Markets Act (CMA) and draft initial regulations under the CMA (Initial Regulations and, together with the CMA, the Consultation Drafts) have...more

Updated OTCQX and OTCQB application guides for Reg A+ Issuers

In response to feedback from issuers, the OTC Markets Group has released updated guides outlining the application process to join their OTCQX Best Market and OTCQB Venture Market trading platforms for companies conducting...more

ESMA informs of delay to MiFIR RTS

ESMA Chair, Steven Maijoor, has written to the Commission informing it of a delay in submitting the RTS on indirect clearing and exchange-traded derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). ESMA...more

Basel Committee reports on RWA regulatory consistency

The Basel Committee has published its report on the regulatory consistency of risk-weighted assets (RWAs) for counterparty credit risk. The report forms part of the wider regulatory consistency assessment programme intended...more

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