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CFTC Requires Introducing Brokers, Commodity Pool Operators, and Most Commodity Trading Advisors That Use Swaps to Become Members...

On September 14, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a final rule requiring introducing brokers (IBs), commodity pool operators (CPOs), and most commodity trading advisors (CTAs) to become members...more

CFTC Proposes Cross-Border Application of Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

The CFTC has proposed rules that would define the reach of Dodd-Frank Act margin requirements in cross-border swap transactions. On June 29, 2015, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed regulations...more

"SEC Finalizes Registration Rules for Security-Based Swap Entities"

On August 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final registration rules for security-based (SB) swap dealers and major SB swap participants (collectively SBS Entities). Concurrently, the SEC also...more

SEC Flexes Its Enforcement Muscle For Securities-Based Swaps

The broad definition of a “swap” in the Dodd-Frank Act, read literally, would encompass many transactions that Congress never intended to cover, so the SEC and the CFTC have jointly promulgated regulations that provide that...more

Bridging the Week - July 2015 #3

Et tu, CFE? CBOE Futures Proposes Amended Disruptive Practices Rules and New Related Policies and Procedures: CBOE Futures Exchange became the latest designated contract market to propose specific rules to ban disruptive...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Rules on Cross-Border Uncleared Swap Margin Requirements

The CFTC has combined an entity-level approach with a transaction-level approach in its proposed cross-border uncleared swap margin requirements. Introduction - On October 3, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Updated: CFTC Clarifies Regulation of Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

With recent release, the CFTC hopes to eliminate market uncertainty on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality. UPDATE (June 18, 2015): On May 12, 2015, the CFTC adopted the Proposal as proposed (as used...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

SEC Proposes Additional Cross-Border Rules for Security-Based Swaps

If finalized, the proposed rule would be the SEC’s second major step toward finalizing the cross-border rules for security-based swaps under the Dodd-Frank Act. On April 29, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange...more

CFTC Revises Seven-Part Test for Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On May 18, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final interpretation on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (“Final EVO Interpretation”).1 In the Final EVO...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

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 9 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Securities and investment advisory services offered through . . . That phrase is ubiquitous among small and “independent” financial services firms, regularly appearing in 6-point or...more

CFTC Proposes Relief from Trade Option Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Commercial End Users

On April 30, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved for publication in the Federal Register proposed amendments to the trade option exemption (the “Proposal”) that would reduce reporting and...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Oversee Non-US Firms’ Swap Activity in the United States

On April 29, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules to enhance its oversight of non-US firms’ security-based swap activity in the United States. The proposal, if adopted, will have important...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

CFTC Responds to District Court’s Remand Order on Certain Cross-Border Swaps Rules

On March 10, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission released an initial response to the order of the US District Court for the District of Columbia in SIFMA v. CFTC remanding eight swaps-related rulemakings to the CFTC. As...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015

Editor’s Note - CFTC Commissioner Giancarlo Proposes “Pro-Reform Reconsideration” of the Swaps Trading Rules. On January 29, CFTC Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo published a whitepaper titled “Pro-Reform...more

House Bill Seeks to Limit Certain Provisions of Dodd-Frank

On Jan. 14, 2015, the effort to repeal or amend certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) continued in the heavily Republican House of Representatives with the...more

CFTC Releases No-Action Letter 14-144

The letter modifies previous No-Action Letter 13-22, to expand relief for treasury affiliates entering into swaps on behalf of non-financial end-user affiliates that could otherwise elect the exception in section 2(h)(7) of...more

CFTC Provides Relief from the Clearing Requirement for Swaps Entered into by Eligible Treasury Affiliates

On November 26, CFTC issued a no-action letter providing additional relief for eligible treasury affiliates that enter into swaps that are subject to the clearing requirement in section 2(h)(1) of the Commodity Exchange Act...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - October 2014

Prudential Regulators and CFTC Re-Propose Rules for Uncleared Swap Margin - Both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the prudential regulators re-proposed their April 2011 proposed rules imposing initial and...more

CFTC Finalizes Rule to Exclude Swaps with Municipal Utilities From $25 Million De Minimis Swap Dealer Threshold

The CFTC has published its final rule to exclude most swaps used for hedging purposes by municipal and other governmental utilities from counting against the $25 million swap dealer de minimis threshold that currently applies...more

Regulators Re-Propose Minimum Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

U.S. Federal banking regulators (the “Prudential Regulators”) recently re-proposed rules providing for minimum margin requirements for uncleared swaps and security-based swaps executed by swap dealers, security-based swap...more

Regulators Publish Re-proposed Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 3, 2014, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Board) jointly adopted, with certain federal banking regulators, re-proposed rules that will require registered swap dealers, security-based swap...more

Judge Rules in Favor of CFTC on Cross-Border Application of Dodd-Frank Rules

On September 16, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied a challenge to the extraterritorial application of certain Commodity Futures Trading Commission rules promulgated under...more

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