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Dodd-Frank Compliance in a Nutshell

Here are some important Dodd-Frank rules that you need to keep in mind if you are neither a Swap Dealer nor a Major Swap Participant ("Non-SD/MSP"). Clearing - General Rule. Dodd-Frank requires all swaps listed...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 9

In this issue: - CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards - SEC Issues Guidance on Aggregate Advisory Fee Rates for Multi-Manager Funds - Supreme Court Rules that...more

Time-Limited No-Action Relief From Compliance With Certain Conditions Associated With the Receipt of Customer Funds by Futures...

On January 10, 2014, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ("CFTC") Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the "Division") issued a time-limited no-action letter in response to a letter sent on behalf of...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to FCMs Relating to Enhanced Customer Protection Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two no-action letters granting relief to futures commission merchants (FCMs) from certain requirements of the...more

CFTC Grants Substituted Swaps Compliance for Six Foreign Jurisdictions

In 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final guidance describing the circumstances in which the Dodd-Frank Act requirements will apply to cross-border swap activities (Guidance). In conjunction with...more

CFTC Makes Comparability Determinations for Substituted Compliance Purposes

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has approved comparability determinations for substituted compliance with six different non-US regulatory regimes. Pursuant to the substituted compliance determinations, the CFTC will...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 1

In this issue: - FINRA Issues Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter for 2014 - CFTC Makes Comparability Determinations for Substituted Compliance Purposes - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from...more

A Simple Framework for Determining Whether Dodd-Frank Applies to Your Energy Trade

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank” or the “Act”) authorizes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) to comprehensively regulate energy trading activities. Dodd-Frank is...more

"Expiration of CFTC Cross-Border Exemption May Impact Non-US Swap Trading"

Earlier this year, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued Cross-Border Guidance that set out the agency’s interpretation on the extent to which CFTC swap regulations would apply outside the U.S. The...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

CFTC Issues Guidance for Swap Execution Facilities

On November 15, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued guidance (Guidance) to swap execution facilities (SEFs) and SEF applicants concerning several CFTC regulations relating to...more

CFTC Extends Certain SEF Reporting, Confirmation, and Documentation Compliance Dates

commoThe Division of Market Oversight (“Division”) of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on September 27 and 30, 2013 issued several no-action letters to temporarily registered swap execution facilities...more

CFTC Approves Final Interpretative Guidance With Respect To The Cross-Border Application Of Certain Swap Provisions Of The...

Introduction - On July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC” or the “Commission”) approved final interpretative guidance (the “Final Guidance”)1 regarding the cross-border application of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - August 19, 2013

CFPB Update on Mortgage Regulation Exam Procedures - On August 15, the CFPB released a second update to its exam procedures in connection with mortgage regulations to cover: (i) ability-to-repay; (ii) qualified...more

CFTC Issues Final Guidance and Accompanying Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations

At a public meeting on July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) adopted final guidance on how Dodd-Frank Act requirements will apply to cross-border swap activities (Guidance). In...more

Advertising Restrictions Apply to Commodity Pools

In prior posts, we have noted that the relaxation of the ban on general solicitation in no way relieves certain registered entities of their obligations to comply with regulations related to advertising or promotional...more

CFTC Adopts Final Cross Border Swaps Guidance

On Friday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) adopted final guidance regarding the cross border application of the new derivatives requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

Portfolio Reconciliation and Swap Trading Relationship Documentation Requirements for SDs and MSPs

Provisionally registered swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) are required by the National Futures Association (NFA) to submit portfolio reconciliation and swap trading relationship documentation policies and...more

SEC Proposed Rules and Interpretive Guidance for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities

Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act") (enacted July 21, 2010) generally became effective on July 16, 2011. Since then, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") has...more

2013 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference

In this presentation: - General Counsel’s Address - Keynote Address - General Session — It’s a Small World After All: How Non-U.S. Regulators Affect Your Business - General Session — Closer to...more

CFTC Extends Compliance Dates For End User Swap Reporting

The CFTC has issued a no-action letter that effectively extends the dates for swap counterparties who are not swap dealers (SDs) or major swap participants (MSPs) to come into compliance with the agency’s reporting rules...more

End Users of Swaps: Deadline Extended for Swap Documentation to Comply with New Federal Requirements

Federal authorities have extended the deadline imposed on swap dealers and major swap participants to amend swap documentation to comply with certain new legal requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act. The deadline for...more

New Rules Coming into Effect Affect Retirement Plans Entering into Swaps

New rules affecting ERISA-covered retirement plans entering into swap transactions will come into effect in May 2013. These rules, known as the “Business Conduct Standards,” implement certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank...more

Deferral of the Swaps Push-Out Requirement, But Only for Insured Federal Depository Institutions

An insured federal depository institution may request a transition period to comply with the “push-out” requirements of section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”)...more

"CFTC Issues Final Exemptive Order on Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations"

Swaps trade in a global market. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act amended the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to impose a panoply of regulation on the swaps market mostly through regulations adopted by the Commodity Futures...more

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