Swaps Derivatives

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Federal Appellate Court Rules that Certain Foreign Currency Options Are Subject to the Section 1256 Mark-to-Market Regime

Recently, in Wright v. Commissioner, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has reopened the question of the application of Section 1256 to foreign currency options (and also, possibly, to foreign currency...more

Banking Disputes Quarterly - Q4 January 2016

On the Horizon - Many nancial services rms employ more women than men in junior roles. But analysis shows that the chances of women progressing from middle to senior management roles are worse in the nancial services...more

"Basel III Leverage Ratio Could Undermine Efforts to Address Systemic Risk in Derivatives Markets"

Following the 2008 financial crisis, regulators across the globe have pondered how to ameliorate systemic risk in derivatives markets. At the 2009 G-20 summit, international regulators committed to address this risk through...more

Current Status of the Clearing Obligation Under EMIR

Although EMIR came into force as long ago as August 2012, the clearing obligation it provides for was first brought into effect in December 2015 on a phased basis and only for certain interest rate swaps denominated in the G4...more

Confirmed Start Dates for Clearing Under EMIR

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2205 (the “Regulation”) supplementing the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”) was published on 1 December in the Official Journal of the European Union....more

"Prudential Regulators Finalize Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Swaps"

Federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators) have finalized much-anticipated rules (Final Rules) relating to initial and variation margin requirements for certain swaps and security-based swaps that are not centrally...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 38

SEC/CORPORATE - ISS Publishes Results of 2015–2016 Annual Global Policy Survey - On September 28, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, published the results of its 2015–2016...more

"CFTC Asserts Jurisdiction in Bitcoin Markets"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently took a series of actions confirming views expressed late last year by CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad that "[d]erivatives contracts based on a virtual currency represent...more

New 871(m) Regulations Finalize Dividend Equivalent Payment Withholding Rules for Equity Derivatives

On September 17, 2015, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (collectively, the “new regulations”) that provide the rules for...more

ISDA launches new derivatives product identification standard

ISDA has launched a new industry data project, aimed at developing an open-source standard derivatives product identification system that can be applied consistently and comprehensively across all derivatives facilities. ...more

CFTC Brings First Enforcement Action Against Unregistered Bitcoin Options Trading Platform

On September 17th, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) announced an enforcement order and settlement against an unregistered bitcoin options trading platform. The order is notable for six reasons: 1) It is...more

"CFTC Extends Registered Futures Association Membership Requirement to Introducing Brokers, Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a final rule (“Final Rule”) that formally extends the existing registered futures association (“RFA”) membership requirement to registered introducing...more

CFTC Issues Order of Exemption From Registration as a DCO to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited and Requests Public Comment on a...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order of exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited (ASX). This is the first order that the CFTC has...more

CFTC Proposes Cleared Swap Reporting Amendments

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend Part 45 of its regulations insofar as they relate to the reporting to a swaps data repository of swaps that are cleared by a derivatives clearing organization...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Issues Proposed Amendments to Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Cleared Swaps - On August 19, The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed amendments to existing rules relating...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 32

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Upholds Decision on Conflict Minerals Rule - CFTC Issues Order of Exemption From Registration as a DCO to ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited and...more

"CFTC Proposes Rules for Cross-Border Application of Uncleared Margin"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently proposed rules1 to address the cross-border application of margin requirements for uncleared swaps for swap dealers and major swap participants not subject to...more

ISDA’S Standard Initial Margin Model (SIMM) For Uncleared Derivatives: Draft Documents

On June 19, 2015, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published three draft documents relating to its proprietary Standard Initial Margin Model (SIMM) for non-cleared derivatives. The SIMM project...more

SEC Says Fantasy Stock Trading Violates Securities Laws; Charges Others for Selling Illegal Security-Based Swaps

The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 23

In This Issue: - Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies - FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposed Rule to Require Delivery of an Educational Communication to Customers of a Transferring...more

ESMA, ISDA, and FIA Europe Publish Capital Markets Union Responses

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) and FIA Europe have published their responses to the European Commission’s Green Paper on Building a Capital...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Final Report on Guidelines on Triggers for Use of Early Intervention Measures Under BRRD - On May 8, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its final report (EBA/GL/2015/03) on guidelines on triggers for the...more

Derivatives in Review - March 2015

NYDFS Releases Revised BitLicense Proposal - On February 4, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") released a revised version of its proposed virtual currency regulations (commonly referred...more

Overview and Analysis of Select Provisions of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission Final Report and Recommendations - Part Two of...

Last month, Orrick’s Restructuring team began a three-part look at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Chapter 11 Reform Report. In part one we looked at issues related to confirmation, valuation, financing and asset sales....more

ISDA Survey Finds End Users Uncertain About New Margin Requirements

Derivatives end users are concerned about the impact of new margin requirements for non-cleared derivatives, with a large number unsure whether they will even have to comply with the rules, according to a survey published by...more

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