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Canadian Regulators Finalize Customer Protection Rules for Cleared OTC Derivatives

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published National Instrument 94-102 – Derivatives: Customer Clearing and Protection of Customer Collateral and Positions and the related Companion Policy (collectively,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: January 2017

In this first issue of The Delta Report for 2017, we cover crucial updates on developments in the derivatives space in Europe and Asia. In the UK, Brexit-related issues continue to take the spotlight. The Article 50 challenge...more

Documentation for the New Swap Margin Rules and Thoughts for the Buy Side and End Users

Because of the implementation of new regulatory requirements relating to both variation and initial margin for swaps, swap documentation for many market participants is about to become much more complicated....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

European Margin Rules for Non-cleared OTC Derivatives – The Margin Big Bang

After a six-month delay, the rules governing the mandatory posting of collateral for uncleared derivatives entered into force on 4 January 2017. By 1 March 2017, all in-scope counterparties will be obliged to post variation...more

Canadian Regulators Finalize Mandatory OTC Derivatives Clearing Rules

On January 19, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published National Instrument 94-101 – Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives and Companion Policy 94-101 (collectively, the Clearing...more

EMIR: Intra-group Exemptions from Uncleared Margin Requirements – FCA Opens Application Process

On 4 January 2017, the FCA opened its application process for the intra-group transaction ("IGT") exemption to the EU’s new requirements to exchange margin for uncleared OTC derivative contracts (as set out in Commission...more

Singapore Legal Update - January 2017

MAS Amends the Requirements for Related Party Transactions for Banks - On 21 November 2016, the MAS issued an amended Notice 643 to Banks on Transactions with Related Parties. It will take effect in two years, on 18...more

California Federal Court Holds that U.S. Securities Laws Apply to Sponsored, Unlisted ADRs

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held on January 4, 2017 that the federal securities laws apply to U.S. transactions in sponsored, but unlisted, American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) for a...more

Outcomes of Investing in OTC Stocks

The Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) of the Securities and Exchange Commission published a study recently that reviews, among other things, the performance of and the returns of investing in OTC stocks. The...more

Implied Preemption and Monograph Drugs

The Reed Smith blogging team has just returned from this year’s annual ACI Drug & Medical Device Litigation conference. In addition to excessive amounts of eating, drinking, and socializing (now called “networking”), we kept...more

Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets

For the first time in the history of derivatives, regulators in leading markets will require assets to collateralize many derivatives which are not settled in a regulated clearinghouse. It is not possible to overstate...more

Guest Post — Do It If It Makes You Feel Good: FTC’s Report on Homeopathic Medicine Advertising

What follows is a guest post by John Feldman, a partner in Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group. John closely follows all things Federal Trade Commission and approached us when he saw the FTC weighing in a...more

Delay to EU Clearing Obligation for Certain Financial Institutions Recommended

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a Report recommending that the clearing obligation for financial institutions with low trading volumes be delayed until June 21, 2019. The European Market Infrastructure...more

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

EMIR – Revised List of CCPs and New Rules to Mitigate Risks in Non-Cleared OTC Derivative Transactions ESMA updated its list on 29 September 2016 of third-country central counterparties recognised to offer services and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on RTS on Risk Mitigation Techniques for Uncleared OTC Derivative Contracts under...

On October 4, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing EMIR (the Regulation on OTC derivatives, CCPs and trade repositories) (Regulation 648/2012) with regulatory technical standards (“RTS”)...more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: September 2016

In this issue of The Delta Report, we bring you further updates on developments in the global derivatives space. In Europe, the focus is on Brexit and the newly-released EU final regulatory standards on the valuation of...more

European Supervisory Authorities Opines on Final Draft Technical Standards on Uncleared Derivatives

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities published an Opinion on the European Commission's proposed amendments to the final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on risk mitigation techniques for uncleared...more

Wash Your Hands Before You Eat? Maybe Not with Antibacterial Soap According to the FDA

In a final rule published on Sept. 6, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reassessed its risk-benefit analysis for consumer antiseptic washes (antibacterial hand and body washes) and found that the evidence in...more

Expanded Licensing Regime for Asset Managers Managing OTC Derivatives Transactions

Key Points - - Amended Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance expands existing type 9 Regulated Activity (Asset Management) to cover management of OTC derivative products. - A Type 9 licenseholder managing...more

European Commission Addendum to Draft RTS on Margin Requirements for Uncleared OTC Derivatives under EMIR

On August 2, 2016, the European Commission published an addendum to the draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on margin requirements for uncleared OTC derivatives under Article 11(15) of the European Market...more

SEC Approves Generic Listing Standards for Active ETFs

New standards are expected to simplify and expedite the process of launching an actively managed ETF. On July 22, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued orders approving proposals by Bats BZX Exchange,...more

Brexit: Overview of Potential Impact on Derivatives

The process of Brexit will take many years, and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all of our offices, and...more

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