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German Federal Court of Justice defines exception to disclosure obligation relating to gross margin of a swap

Exactly five years after its landmark decision in 2011, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) has handed down another important decision in the ongoing swap saga. Banks must normally disclose the...more

After Favorable LIBOR Ruling from the Second Circuit, Investors Now Allege Anticompetitive SIBOR Manipulation

On July 5, 2016, investors filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York alleging defendant banks had manipulated the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) “and/or” Singapore Swap Offer Rate (SOR)...more

Casting the Net Wider to Address "Too Big to Fail" - The ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol

21 major global banks signed the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol at launch. Pursuant to the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol, these banks have agreed to suspend their termination rights in relation to...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

SEC Issues Final Rules on Dealing Activity Conducted Within the US by a Non-US Person

On May 1, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") adopted and made public for comment proposed rules and interpretive guidance (the "2013 Cross-Border Proposing Release") to address the application of the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Releases 2015 Report to Congress - On June 15, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency's "Report to Congress" for 2015 was released. The document, required under federal law, analyzes Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to SEFs and DCMs from Certain CFTC Regulations for Correction of Errors

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) extended the relief contained in CFTC Letter No. 15-24 that allowed swap execution facilities and designated contract markets to correct certain errors that would lead to a...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule to Amend Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Cleared Swaps

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a final rule that clarified reporting obligations for completed swap transactions, such as providing additional instruction relating to who must report the various...more

CFTC Proposes to Expand Mandatory Clearing to Include Additional Classes of Interest Rate Swaps

On June 9, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding an expansion of CFTC Regulation 50.4(a). If adopted, additional classes of interest rate swaps will become subject...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.20.16

Here’s a sign of the times, or at least, the changing tenor of banking in America. After years of exclusivity that saw it refusing customers with less than $10 million on hand, Goldman Sachs is opening itself up to common...more

CFTC Proposes to Apply Clearing Requirement to Additional Interest Rate Swaps

On June 9, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed to require additional interest rate swaps to be centrally cleared. Since December 2012, the CFTC has required four classes of interest rate swaps...more

CFTC Supplemental Proposal Would Authorize Exchanges to Administer More Flexible Approach to Bona Fide Hedge Exemption to Position...

The CFTC has published a proposed supplement to its December 2013 proposed rule on position limits* that would, among other things, authorize designated contract markets and swap execution facilities (“exchanges”) to...more

SEC Adopts Trade Acknowledgment and Verification Rules for Security-Based Swap Transactions

On June 8, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission publicized the implementation of “rules that will establish timely and accurate trade acknowledgment and verification requirements for security-based swap (SBS) entities...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

CFTC Adopts Final Rules Regarding the Cross-Border Application of Its Swap Margin Requirements

On May 24, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) adopted a final rule defining the cross border application of its margin requirements for uncleared swaps. The final rule covers all swap dealers and...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

CFTC Unanimously Approves Supplemental Proposal on Position Limits

On May 26, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed supplement (“Supplemental Proposal”) to its December 2013 proposal to establish position limits on futures and economically...more

Correcting Drafting Errors – What Is The Best Approach And What Evidence Is Admissible?

The High Court held that a mistaken reference in an interest rate swap confirmation to the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement instead of the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement could not be corrected by interpretation. However on the facts...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.24.16

Tribune’s not only given a hard “no” to Gannett, but it’s got some new firepower (and capital) on its side thanks to a $70.5 million investment by Nant Capital—a group “founded by Patrick Soon-Shiong, a billionaire who has...more

CORPORATE PPAs Market Trends and Opportunities

Corporations have dramatically increased their purchases of renewable energy in recent years. This trend has shifted the traditional power purchase market away from reliance upon utilities, and presents a tremendous growth...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Increases 2016 Multifamily Lending Caps - On May 4, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it increased its 2016 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $31 billion to $35...more

Banking Disputes Quarterly - Q1 May 2016

Welcome to the Q1 2016 edition of our Banking Disputes Quarterly, designed to keep you up to date with the latest news and legal developments and to inform you about future developments that may affect your...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 and US Securities and Exchange Commission Jointly Propose Guidance on Certain Natural Gas...

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission jointly proposed guidance relating to the treatment of certain electric power and natural gas contracts. Specifically, the guidance...more

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