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The SEC, An Idea, Insider Trading And The Wyly Case

The SEC got a much needed courtroom win with a jury verdict in the Wyly case. The insider trading claim, however, was not submitted to the jury because any penalty was time barred. That claim, which was little more than the...more

Recent Case on Safe Harbor Provisions in Swap Agreements

Bankruptcy cases are the proving ground for interpreting the boundaries for ISDA safe harbor provisions under the United States Bankruptcy Code. Michigan State Housing Development Authority v. Lehman Brothers Derivative...more

Lehman Bankruptcy Court Issues Safe Harbor Decision

On December 19, 2013, Judge James M. Peck of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York issued his latest decision in the Lehman Brothers cases addressing the scope of the safe harbor provisions...more

SDNY Holds Trustee Cannot Evade Section 546(g) Safe Harbor by Bringing Avoidance Action Under State Law

On June 11, 2013, Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed the complaint of the Trustee for the SemGroup estate seeking to avoid a novation made to Barclays pre-bankruptcy under a swap agreement. The Court...more

ECP Guarantor Provisions In Corporate Credit Agreements

Many corporate credit agreements are supported by subsidiary guarantees. Those guarantees often include not only the guaranty of the obligations under the credit agreement but also any related swap agreements. The CFTC has...more

Reminder Regarding April 10 Deadline for Identifying Number Registration by Some Swap End-Users

This is a reminder that tomorrow, April 10, 2013, is the deadline for parties to certain swap agreements to obtain a CICI identifying number. The April 10 deadline applies to any party who entered into a swap after April 25,...more

Supreme Court Raises The Bar For Class Actions

Today the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a pivotal decision, holding that as a prerequisite for certification of a class action, a plaintiff must introduce admissible evidence to show that the case is susceptible to awarding...more

"Supreme Court Reverses Massive Antitrust Class Action Against Comcast"

On March 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, reversed a sprawling class action encompassing more than 2 million current and former Comcast subscribers who alleged violations of federal antitrust laws. See...more

Burr Alert: CFTC Issues New Guidelines Concerning Eligibility Of Swap Guarantors

In secured lending transactions, lenders frequently allow, and even require, borrowers to enter into swap agreements and other financial derivatives to hedge against different business risks, including fluctuations in...more

Legal Alert: DOL Resolves Important ERISA Issues About Cleared Swap Transactions

In Advisory Opinion 2013-01A (February 7, 2013), the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an important advisory opinion addressing the treatment under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), of...more

Dodd-Frank Rules Clarify Relief from Swap Regulation for Certain Energy, Emission and Other Commodity Swaps

As a general matter, commodity swaps and options on commodities, whether or not physically settled, are subject to regulation under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank"). This is because...more

What Every End-User Needs to Know About the ISDA August 2012 Dodd-Frank Protocol

Prior to October 15, 2012, all counterparties under existing ISDA Master Agreements or other swap agreements with swap dealers will be required to supplement such swap agreements so that the swap dealers can comply with...more

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