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The CFTC’S Cross-Border Application of the Dodd-Frank Act

After years of anticipation, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in July 2013 issued more than 300 pages of “guidance” ostensibly to assist market participants in understanding the breadth of the extraterritorial...more

Application of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation to Alternative Investment Fund Managers

European investment managers of non-UCITs funds will have to be authorised as an alternative investment fund manager (known as an “AIFM” under AIFMD) under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) from 22...more

Slick Transition: ICE Clear Europe’s Paul Swann Talks NYSE Integration [Video]

ICE Clear Europe is at the center of the Intercontinental Exchange’s effort to expand across Europe, as well as integrate NYSE Liffe products into its market. The clearing house has been busy trying to adjust to new...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Announces New Approach for Considering Requests for Relief from Registration for Delegating Commodity Pool Operators - On May 12, CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight announced a streamlined...more

"ISDA and FIA Europe Publish Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement"

On May 15, 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Europe published the ISDA/FIA Europe Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement (ISDA/FIA Europe CDEA). ...more

Collateralising Uncleared Derivatives Trades under EMIR – Draft Regulatory Technical Standards

On April 14, 2014, the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs”) published the anticipated first draft regulatory technical standards (“RTS”) on risk-mitigation techniques for over the counter (“OTC”) derivatives contracts...more

CFTC Issues Updated Relief for Cross-Border Trading of Swaps on Qualifying Multilateral Trading Facilities in the European Union

On April 9, 2014, the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) and Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) (together, the Divisions) of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on European Commission's Proposed Amendments to ITS - On April 16, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published via its website an opinion dated April 4, 2014 on...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Financial Crime - Excerpt from Derivatives: European Commission Consults on Definition...more

CFTC Extends Expiration of MTF Relief

On February 12, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued relief from registration as a swap execution facility (SEF) to multilateral trading facilities (MTFs) regulated within the...more

Initial Swap Trading Requirements Come into Effect—Limited Relief for Packaged Trades and Some EU Facilities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has imposed for the first time a requirement that certain swaps be traded on a regulated market. Beginning February 15, 2014, certain cleared interest rate swaps and index credit...more

"US Swap Regulation: Cross-Border Debate Among Issues to Watch in 2014"

Since the enactment of Dodd-Frank in 2010, the CFTC and the SEC have proceeded at different speeds to address previously unregulated markets for swaps and security-based swaps, respectively. The CFTC moved quickly to develop...more

Update: An End-User’s Guide to the CFTC’s Final Cross-Border Guidance

There were a number of new developments with respect to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) requirements for swaps in the latter part of 2013. This...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 22 • December 12, 2013 (Global)

OSC to hold derivatives reporting seminar. The Ontario Securities Commission announced that it will hold a seminar on January 15, 2014, on the reporting requirements under the new Derivatives Trade Repositories and...more

The Extra-territorial Impact of EMIR on Non-EU Swap Counterparties

On November 18, 2013, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its final report on technical standards detailing how the regulation of over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivative contracts in the European...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 21 • November 2013 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - This week, the Oxford Dictionaries chose “selfie” as the word of the year. It beat out a number of other relatively new Internet and social-media related terms, including “bitcoin.” In...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 18, 2013

CFTC Staff Issues Advisory on Transaction-Level Requirements in Certain Cross-Border Situations - On November 14, CFTC issued advisory on the applicability of Dodd-Frank transaction-level requirements to swaps between...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - November 15, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 11 New C&DIs - Register for Our 2014 Proxy Season Update Webinar - CFTC Issues Cross-Border Transactions Advisory - CFTC Issues Guidance...more

First steps on the path forward: As US swap execution facilities go live, the EU’s move to mandatory exchange trading continues....

At their September 2009 summit in Pittsburgh, G20 leaders agreed that by no later than December 2012, all standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives should be traded on exchanges or electronic trading platforms ‘where...more

CFTC Grants No Action Relief to EU Swap Dealers from Swap Documentation Rules

Demonstrating coordination between US swap rules and those of the European Union, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a no action letter (no. 13-45) on July 11 that permits a company organized under the laws of...more

CFTC approves final cross-border guidance of the swap provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Commission of a joint understanding regarding a coordinated approach to the regulation of cross-border derivatives (for a further...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- June 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on new proposed Libor guidelines; a CFTC lawsuit against U.S. Bank stemming from Peregrine Financial’s fraud and collapse; a settlement between Citigroup and a large coalition of...more

Meeting New OTC Swap Reconciliation Rules May Require Better Technology and Processes

Although reconciliation of the key terms has been a best practice for over-the-counter derivative trades for some time (particularly with collateralised trades), the scale of the reconciliation exercise imposed by forthcoming...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - May 31, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Change That Requires Reporting OTC Equity Transactions Within 10 Seconds - NFA Issues Notice to Members Regarding Section 16 Financial Requirements for Cleared Swaps...more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 28, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of State; Department Of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory...more

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