Swap Dealers

Swap Dealers are individuals or entities who "hold themselves out as dealers in swaps, make markets in swaps, regularly enter into swaps with counterparties as an ordinary course of business for its own... more +
Swap Dealers are individuals or entities who "hold themselves out as dealers in swaps, make markets in swaps, regularly enter into swaps with counterparties as an ordinary course of business for its own account, or engage in any activity causing the individual or entity to be come commonly known in the trade as a dealer or market maker of swaps." Swap Dealers are defined under the Commodity and Exchange Act and must register as such under the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Final Rules.  less -
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A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

This July 2016 edition of the Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities includes updates to the section on compliance with federal, state and local pay-to-play laws applicable to government contractors as well as investment...more

CFTC Issues $560,000 Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On July 6, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) fined Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) $560,000 for inaccurate large trader reporting of swaps positions. This is the third and largest...more

CFTC Issues Final Rules Regarding the Cross-Border Application of its Uncleared Swaps Margin Requirements - June 2016

On May 24, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) in a much anticipated action approved the issuance of final rules (“Final Rules”) regarding the cross-border application of its uncleared swaps margin...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

Dodd-Frank Implementation Update: Key Differences Between the CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related...

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

SEC Issues Business Conduct Rules for Security-Based Swap Entities

In an important step in the ongoing regulation of the market for security-based swaps (both individually and in the plural, “SBS”), last month the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued its final business conduct...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

US Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Final Rules Implementing Business Conduct Standards for Security-Based Swap Deals and...

The US Securities and Exchange Commission, in its ongoing effort to regulate the over-the-counter security-based swap markets, adopted final rules under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act implementing comprehensive business...more

Derivatives in Review - April 2016

Novo Banco and CDS – A Post-Mortem - The 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions updated the previous set of credit derivatives definitions to, among other things, include a credit event for “Governmental Intervention.”...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

U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Fiduciary Definition and Conflict of Interest Rule

On April 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) issued its highly anticipated final rule addressing when a person is considered to be a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)...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

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #3

SEC Adopts Swaps Business Conduct Rules Different From Comparable CFTC Requirements: Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules imposing business conduct standards on registered security-based...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

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

NFA To Review Initial Margin Models for SDs and MSPs

National Futures Association (NFA) has issued a notice reminding its swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) members of their obligations under the new uncleared swap margin requirements adopted by the Commodity...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 10

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Announces Creation of Office of Risk and Strategy - On March 8, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the creation of the Office of Risk and Strategy (ORS) within the SEC’s Office of...more

Mandatory Margin Posting Regulations Coming Soon for Uncleared Swaps

U.S. bank regulators recently adopted final rules establishing initial and variation margin requirements for uncleared swaps (Final Margin Rules). These rules apply to regulated entities such as banks and subsidiaries of bank...more

SEC Adopts Additional Rule for Cross-Border Security-Based Swaps

The Security Exchange Commission has added an additional piece to its array of cross-border rules for security-based swaps (SBS). The new rule confirms that, consistent with the position taken by the Commodities Futures...more

CFTC Grants Relief for End Users from Trade Option Filing Requirements

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has issued CFTC Letter No. 16-10, which provides temporary no-action relief from certain trade option reporting requirements to market participants...more

CFTC Staff Provides No-Action Relief from Registration to Certain Intermediaries Located Outside of the U.S.

On February 12, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight provided “no-action relief from registration” to a specific subset of individuals: “persons located outside...more

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee To Hold Public Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC) will hold a public meeting on February 25. Topics to be addressed are: (1) the EEMAC’s report detailing its 2015...more

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