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CFTC and European Commission Make Progress on Cross-Border Agreements

On October 13, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two cross-border developments with the European Commission (EC) that take significant steps toward reconciling regulation of cross-border...more

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

FCA Announces Discontinuation of LIBOR

by Hogan Lovells on

As you may know, on July 27, 2017 the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Andrew Bailey announced that market participants should not rely on the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) being available after...more

The Transition Away From USD LIBOR for Swaps - A Report for U.S. Market Participants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

With the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) announcing in July 2017, essentially, its intent to no longer persuade or compel panel banks to make LIBOR submissions by the end of 2021, the future of LIBOR, and its role in...more

ISDA Launches SIMM 2.0 for Calculating Uncleared Swaps Initial Margin

On September 7, 2017, ISDA launched a new version of its standard initial margin model (SIMM), ISDA SIMM Version 2.0, which includes a full recalibration of risk factors as well as: New risk factors for three product...more

Fed Adopts Final Rule Regarding Contract Termination Provisions for Repos, Stock Loans and Swaps with Systemically Important Banks

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On September 1, 2017 the Federal Reserve voted to adopt a final rule requiring U.S. global systemically important banking institutions ("GSIBs") and the U.S. operations of foreign GSIBs to amend qualified financial contracts...more

U.S. Withholding on Synthetic Trades over U.S. Equities—Further Delay of Full Implementation Until 2019 (Notice 2017-42)

In response to perceived abuses in taxpayers’ use of swaps and other derivative transactions (e.g., options, futures or forwards) to avoid withholding tax on U.S. source dividends, Congress added Section 871(m) to the...more

LIBOR Replacement Plans Bring Regulatory Considerations for Derivatives

Plans to end the long reign of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as one of the world's most often-used interest rate benchmarks have recently been confirmed by several top financial regulators. On July 27, 2017,...more

ISDA Considers the Suitability of Swaps Documentation to the Blockchain

by Reed Smith on

On August 3, 2017, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) released a whitepaper that considers whether derivative contracts could operate on a blockchain (the “Whitepaper”). The Whitepaper, titled “Smart...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Market Oversight Announces Review of Swaps Reporting Regulations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight (Division) announced the launch of an in-depth review of the swap data reporting regulations found in Parts 43, 45, and 49 of the CFTC’s...more

CFTC Staff Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief on the Applicability of Transaction-Level Requirements in Certain Cross-Border...

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) “issued a time-limited no-action letter that extends relief to swap dealers [] registered with the CFTC that are established under the laws of...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - CFTC Announces Review of Swap Data Reporting Regulations

In the most recent example of federal regulatory streamlining, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on July 10 that it will undertake a comprehensive review of the swap data reporting regulations....more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #3

LedgerX Approved by CFTC as First Derivatives Clearing Organization for Fully Collateralized Swap Contracts Potentially Settling in Bitcoin: On July 24, LedgerX was approved by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as a...more

ISDA Master Agreement – Court of Appeal favours chosen law over local

by Dentons on

When commercial parties choose English law to govern their hedging or financing contracts, the English courts will usually apply that choice with very few exceptions. A recent Court of Appeal case further narrows one such...more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #2

New SEC Chairman Previews Governing Principles; Stresses Commitment to Working With CFTC: Last week, Jay Clayton, newly appointed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, enumerated eight “guiding principles” that...more

CFTC Launches Review of Swap Reporting Regulations

On July 10, 2017, the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) announced the launch of a comprehensive review of the swap data reporting regulations1 adopted by the...more

Bridging the Week - July 2017

Trading Firm and Individual Trader Settle CFTC Allegations of Engaging in Wash Sales to Obtain Exchange Fee Rebates: Rosenthal Collins Capital Markets LLC (now named DV Trading LLC), a proprietary trading firm, settled...more

A comparison of the reporting obligation under EMIR and under MIFIR

by White & Case LLP on

Entities within scope - EMIR - Under Article 9 of EMIR, the reporting obligation applies to entities established in the EU who enter into, modify or terminate certain derivatives transactions....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The DOL went to bat for its controversial fiduciary rule in a 5th Circuit briefing this week, but it agreed to drop a prohibition on class-action waivers that was further ruffling feathers....more

Mandatory rules Rome Convention swaps

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision of the High Court that an Italian local authority could rely on local mandatory laws to invalidate an interest rate swap entered into with an Italian bank. In its ruling the Court...more

English Court of Appeal Confirms Primacy of Choice of Governing Law Clause in ISDA Master Agreements

On 15 June 2017 the English Court of Appeal handed down a significant judgment in Dexia Crediop S.p.A. v Comune di Prato. The Court’s unanimous judgment confirmed that the nature of an agreement made pursuant to an ISDA...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: U.S. CFTC Takes Steps to Modernize Rules and Operations and to Reduce...

by Dechert LLP on

Against a backdrop of changing markets, rapidly evolving technology and increased jurisdiction, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – the regulatory agency with responsibility for oversight of the U.S....more

An Overview of the CFTC’s Modernized Recordkeeping Requirements

by Reed Smith on

On May 23, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a revamped CFTC Rule 1.31, which specifies the form and manner that records must be kept by commodities market participants, and a slight...more

Construction of competing jurisdiction clauses

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Commercial Court has upheld an Italian local authority’s jurisdiction challenge in respect of certain declarations relating to interest rate swaps entered into under an ISDA Master Agreement. At first instance, the judge...more

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

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