Swap Dealers Commodities Futures Trading Commission

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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CFTC Issues Order Delegating to the NFA Certain Functions Related to Notices of Swap Valuation Disputes

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has authorized the National Futures Association (NFA) to receive, review, maintain and serve as the official custodian of records for notices of swap valuation disputes in excess of US...more

CFTC Adopts Final Margin Rules for Swap Dealers

On December 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted final rules that set margin requirements for swap dealers and major participants (collectively, Swap Entities) regulated by the CFTC with respect to swaps that...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

CFTC and NFA Issue FAQS on Form CPO-PQR and Form CTA-PR

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) recently issued answers to Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) regarding CFTC Form CPO-PQR applicable to...more

U.S. Swap Dealers and Non-U.S. Major Swap Participants Under SDR Reporting Rules

On November 9, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (the “CFTC“) Division of Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter extending the relief provided in CFTC Letter No. 14-141. The relief applies to...more

Preliminary Report on the Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception

On November 18, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a much anticipated report on the de minimis exception from the “swap dealer” definition, the Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Preliminary...more

No-Action Relief Granted to Foreign Branch of US Swap Dealer for Transaction-Level Requirements

In a recently released no-action letter, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission indicated it would not seek enforcement action against a US swap dealer and its counterparties where a foreign branch of the US swap dealer...more

CFTC Releases Preliminary Report on the Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception

On November 18, staff from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and Office of the Chief Economist issued a preliminary report regarding the swap dealer de minimis...more

CFTC Report Indicates CFTC Botched Swap Dealer De Minimis Exemption

CFTC staff issued a preliminary report regarding the swap dealer de minimis exception. Under CFTC rules, market participants who exceed $8 billion in gross notional swap dealing activity over a twelve-month period are...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - November 2015

Regulation - OCIE Cautions Advisers on Outsourcing Compliance Activities: In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced...more

CFTC Extends Swap Data Reporting Relief to Certain Non-US SDs and MSPs

The Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has extended relief from swap data reporting obligations for swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) that are non-US persons...more

NFA Adopts Cybersecurity Guidance

The National Futures Association (NFA) adopted on October 23, 2015 an “Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rules 2-9, 2-36, and 2-49: Information Systems Security Programs” (Notice). The Notice requires each NFA Member to...more

CFTC Approves NFA Interpretive Notice on Information Systems Security Programs, Including Cybersecurity Guidance

The CFTC recently approved the National Futures Association’s interpretive notice (the “Cybersecurity Notice”) on the general requirements that members should implement for their information systems security programs...more

Status of NFA's Section 4s Reviews and Swap Dealer Examinations

Beginning on December 31, 2012, swap dealers began filing applications for registration with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). As of October 2015, 104 entities are provisionally registered as swap dealers....more

Banking Regulators Adopt End-User Exemption for Swap Margin Requirements

New Margin Requirements - The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved a final rule to establish margin requirements for swaps that are not cleared through a clearinghouse. This action is...more

Allen & Overy Partner Co-Authors Chapter on Swap Dealer Pay-to-Play Rule in 2015 Edition of Book on Regulation under Dodd-Frank

The 2016 elections pose potentially significant set of compliance challenges for swap dealers subject to CFTC Rule 23.451, the pay-to-play rule established by the U.S...more

CFTC Zeros in on Large Trader Reporting

On September 17, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ), an Australia-based firm that’s...more

Four Cybersecurity Ideas from CFTC Commissioner Bowen

On Sept. 17, 2015, Commissioner Sharon Y. Bowen of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) gave the keynote address for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s 2015 North American Conference in New...more

Bridging the Week - September 2015 #2

CFTC Says Virtual Currencies Are a “Commodity” Under Federal Law, Files Charges Against Coinflip for Operating an Unregistered Bitcoin Options Trading Platform - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed and...more

"CFTC Extends Registered Futures Association Membership Requirement to Introducing Brokers, Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule (“Final Rule”) that formally extends the existing registered futures association (“RFA”) membership requirement to registered introducing...more

Cybersecurity Update: National Futures Association Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance Setting Forth General Requirements for Member...

The National Futures Association (“NFA”) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on August 28, 2015 a proposed Interpretive Notice (“Proposed Guidance”) for CFTC’s approval, which provides guidance to...more

NFA Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance for Derivatives Traders

On August 28, 2015, the National Futures Association (NFA) submitted a proposed interpretative notice (Notice) to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to require information systems security programs (ISSPs). If...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Issues Proposed Amendments to Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Cleared Swaps - On August 19, The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed amendments to existing rules relating...more

Financial Entity Update: The CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – Goofy Haircut

Under the Margin Rules, swap dealers and major swap participants that do not have a prudential regulator (Covered Swap Entities, or CSEs) would be required to collect and post initial margin for uncleared swaps with financial...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief on the Applicability of Transaction-Level Requirements for Non-U.S. Swap Dealers

On August 13, 2015, CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Clearing and Risk, and Market Oversight extended a time-limited no-action relief to swap dealers registered with the CFTC that are established under...more

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