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Much-Anticipated Section 871(m) Dividend Equivalent Guidance Provides Promised Transition Relief

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has released Notice 2016-76, providing anticipated guidance and transition relief for certain dividend equivalent transactions described in section 871(m) of the U.S. Internal...more

SEC Finds Pre-IPO Transactions Were Unlawful Security-Based Swaps

The SEC announced that Equidate Inc. agreed to settle charges that it violated federal securities laws by failing to register security-based swaps that were offered and sold online to shareholders in pre-IPO companies....more

CFTC Finalizes Aggregation of Positions Rule

On December 5, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule amending the requirements to aggregate positions subject to a CFTC-set speculative position limit (“Final Aggregation...more

Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets

For the first time in the history of derivatives, regulators in leading markets will require assets to collateralize many derivatives which are not settled in a regulated clearinghouse. It is not possible to overstate...more

"Non-Cleared Swap Variation Margin Requirements to Spark Credit Support Annex Amendments for Financial End Users"

On March 1, 2017, new rules adopted by U.S. Prudential Regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will require registered swap dealers to post and collect daily variation margin for over-the-counter,...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule Amending the Timing for Filing Chief Compliance Officer Annual Reports by Certain Registrants

On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) issued a final rule modifying and clarifying previous guidance regarding compliance reports for futures commission merchants, swap dealers and...more

Guide to U.S. Variation Margin Documentation for Financial End Users

The scheduled implementation date applicable for most financial end users for the mandatory posting of variation margin to their swap dealer counterparties under U.S. margin rules is March 1, 2017. In most cases, the U.S....more

The Trump Administration: Change By Appointment

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in...more

[Webinar] Not Your Grandmother's Form 40 - Nov. 22nd, 2:00 pm EDT

Tuesday, November 22, 20162:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT A common tool that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) relies upon to conduct market surveillance, including monitoring compliance with...more

Trump Presidency May Lead To Important Changes To U.S. Swap Regulations

Introduction - The U.S.' political makeup is poised to change as a result of the elections held on November 8, 2016, in which Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton,...more

CFTC Issues Cross-Border Proposal

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued proposed rules to address certain issues related to the cross-border application of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

CFTC Cross-Border Regulatory Update: New Proposal on Cross-Border Swap Transactions and Other Developments

On October 11, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed rule on the Cross-Border Application of the Registration Thresholds and External Business Conduct Standards Applicable to...more

Not Your Grandmother’s Form 40

A common tool that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) relies upon to conduct market surveillance, including monitoring compliance with position limits, will soon enter the digital age – the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The CFTC’s reportedly investigating the interest rate swap activities of Citigroup and others. Swaps allow companies to “hedge against a rise or fall in interest rates on the debt that they issue or hold, with banks usually...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards - On October 19, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

CFTC Expands Interest Rate Swap Clearing Requirements

One of the major goals of the Dodd-Frank Act, enacted in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, was to bring the swaps market under regulation generally and to require that standardized swaps be cleared by a central...more

Commission Approves an Order Regarding Swap Dealer Registration De Minimis Exception

On October 13, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission extended until December 31, 2018, the $8 billion swap dealer registration de minimis threshold. Unless it is further modified, the threshold will become $3...more

"CFTC Proposes Rules to Count Cross-Border Swaps for Swap-Dealer Thresholds and Other Requirements"

The CFTC’s newly proposed rules on cross-border transactions address which swap activities affect swap-dealer thresholds and trigger transaction-level swap requirements. These are the latest in a series of CFTC rulemakings,...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Swap Execution Facilities from Certain “Block Trade” Requirements

On October 7, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC“) Division of Market Oversight extended time-limited no-action relief for swap execution facilities from the “occurs away” requirement from the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions - On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Derivatives In Review - October 2016

CFTC Delays Reduction in Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Threshold - On October 13, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved an Order delaying for one year the reduction of the threshold for determining...more

CFTC Extends Swap Dealer De Minimis Phase-In Period

As has been rumored in recent weeks, the CFTC has adopted an order establishing December 31, 2018 as the swap dealer registration de minimis threshold phase-in termination date. With this approval, the de minimis threshold...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Adopts Rules for Enhanced Regulatory Framework for Securities Clearing Agencies - On September 28, 2016 the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") voted to adopt new rules to establish "enhanced standards for the...more

CFTC Issues Fourth Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) issued a fourth penalty for violations of its Swaps Large Trader Reporting (“Swaps LTR”) rule. This time, the penalty was...more

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