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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Fee Rate Advisory #3 for Fiscal Year 2017 - On May 31, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") announced that starting July 4, 2017, the fee rates applicable to most...more

CFTC Amends Recordkeeping Requirements

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 23, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) adopted amendments to its general regulations regarding the retention and production of regulatory records, which are set forth in CFTC...more

CFTC Revises Record Keeping Requirements

The CFTC has issued final amendments to Regulation 1.31 which sets forth the form and manner in which all regulatory records must be kept by records entities. “Records entities” are persons required to keep records pursuant...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Proposes to Amend Rules Governing Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Reports for Certain Registrants - On May 3, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Article 30 of the EMIR Margin Rules and the Covered Bond Exemption

by White & Case LLP on

The new rules that implement the margin requirements under the risk mitigation obligations as set out in EMIR, create a specific regime for hedging arrangements that are entered into in relation to covered bonds. This article...more

"CFTC Seeks Public Input on Decreasing Burdens of Existing Rules"

On May 3, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted to seek public input on simplifying and modernizing the agency’s rules (Project KISS, 82 Fed. Reg. 21494 (May 9, 2017)). CFTC Acting Chairman J....more

Derivatives In Review - May 2017

CME and LCH Amend Rulebooks on Variation Margin - Market participants historically have characterized cleared derivatives as being "collateralized-to-market", treating variation margin transfers as daily collateral...more

CFTC Requests Public Input on Simplifying Rules

The CFTC voted to seek public input on simplifying and modernizing the Commission’s rules. The action is part of an initiative which has been dubbed “Project KISS.”...more

Funds Talk: May 2017 - CFTC Among Regulators Demanding Cybersecurity Vigilance

While the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has garnered significant attention for its increased efforts and focus on regulating and enforcing enhanced cybersecurity measures within the U.S. financial markets, the...more

CFTC Proposes Amendments to Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Reports

The CFTC is proposing to amend its regulations regarding certain duties of chief compliance officers, or CCOs, of swap dealers, major swap participants and futures commission merchants, which are referred to as registrants....more

Fairhold Securitisation – Can Noteholders Claim Advisers’ Fees Through the Trustee?

by Reed Smith on

This week saw the High Court clash between the swap provider, UBS, and the recently appointed replacement note trustee (Glas Trust Corporation) on the embattled Fairhold Securitisation. The dispute at hand centres on whether...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Approves Rules to Ease Investor Access to Exhibits in Company Filings - On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt rule and form amendments that will require issuers to include a...more

Agencies Release Swap Margin Guidance

On February 23, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (Board) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued guidance regarding how supervisors should examine for compliance with the swap margin rule. The swap...more

Derivatives: Non-Cleared Swaps Variation Margin Update – Limited Relaxed Enforcement by the CFTC, Prudential Regulators and...

by Liskow & Lewis on

Recently, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the U.S. Prudential Regulators and the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs”) have offered limited relief from or guidance for relaxed enforcement of...more

Update: Prudential Regulators Delay Compliance Deadline for New Swap Margin Rules

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

If you have been following our alerts on the pending deadlines (and the delays of these deadlines by certain regulators) of the new swap variation margin rules (New Swap Margin Rules) that were due to go into effect on March...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 8

EU and Prudential Regulators Issue Statements on March 1 Compliance With Swap Margin Rules - Lacking the ability to issue formal no-action relief from strict compliance with the variation margin rules for uncleared swaps...more

"Regulators Provide Some Flexibility on the Swaps Variation Margin Compliance Deadline"

On February 23, 2017, U.S. federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators), European regulators and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued statements clarifying their expectations on...more

Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On February 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended to February 11, 2018 the expiration dates of certain interim final rules relating to “exemptions under [various securities laws] for those...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - New York Department of Financial Services Promulgates First-in-the-Nation State Cybersecurity Regulation - On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Institutions...more

Swap Dealer Banks Win Six Month Phase-In for Variation Margin Requirements for Most Counterparties

by McGuireWoods LLP on

U.S. swap dealer banks received much needed breathing room, but not complete relief from the March 1, 2017 variation margin (VM) deadline for swaps and security-based swaps. On February 23, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board...more

Update: CFTC Delays Compliance Deadline for New Swap Margin Rules

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Although the letter technically does not delay the effective date of March 1, 2017, from the perspective of the buy side, the letter functions as a “grace period,” and the compliance date has been moved to September 1, 2017....more

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying with the EU Margin Rules

by White & Case LLP on

The CFTC has issued no-action relief for Swap Dealers that are subject to, and in compliance with, the EU margin rules but fail to comply with certain provisions of the CFTC’s margin rules for the period from February 4, 2017...more

Insurance Companies Need to Prepare for Swap Margin Rules in Effect on March 1, 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

March 1, 2017, is the scheduled implementation date applicable for all insurance companies for the mandatory posting of variation margin to their swap dealer counterparties under U.S. margin rules. Although the...more

"Reform, Not Repeal, Likely for US Swaps Regulations"

Swaps transactions, virtually unregulated before the 2008 financial crisis, are regulated in the U.S. under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Title VII empowers the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), for most swaps,...more

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