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Bank Regulators Propose Relaxed Margin Requirements for Corporate End Users of Uncleared Swaps

Five federal agencies have taken a second stab at a proposed rule to establish margin requirements for swap dealers, major swap participants, security-based swap dealers, and major security-based swap participants as...more

Federal Agencies Seek Comment on Swap Margin Requirements

On September 3, the Fed, the Farm Credit Administration, the FDIC, the FHFA, and the OCC sought comment on a proposed rule to establish margin requirements for swap dealers, major swap participants, security-based swap...more

SEC Adopts First Installment of Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activity

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) re-started its rulemaking for security-based swaps (SBS) under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act")...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules and Guidance Regarding the Cross-Border Application of “Security-Based Swap Dealer” and “Major...

Nearly four years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), on June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its first in a series of...more

SEC to Hold Open Meeting on Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Definitions

On June 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will hold an open meeting on June 25 to consider whether to adopt rules that would apply the definitions of “security-based swap dealer” and “major...more

CFTC Issues No Action Letter On Application Of Swap Rules To Longevity Reinsurance Transaction

There has been considerable concern in the insurance and reinsurance industries that certain hedging and reinsurance activities that companies have engaged in for a number of years, particularly with respect to life insurance...more

Dodd-Frank News: May 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES ..Preemption ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation ..CFTC Regulation of Retail Commodity Transactions ..Durbin Amendment ..Appraiser Disclosure Requirements Under...more

CFTC Interprets “Swap” Definition In the Context of Longevity Risk Transfer

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) recently addressed for the first time the CFTC’s definition of a “swap” as it applies to a specific insurance...more

SEC SBSD Recordkeeping And Reporting Proposal

The SEC has published proposed recordkeeping, reporting and capital deficiency notification requirements that would apply to security-based swap dealers (“SBSDs”) and major security-based swap participants (“MSBSPs”) as well...more

Segregation of Initial Margin Posted in Connection with Uncleared Swaps: Considerations for the Buy Side

Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Rules 23.702 and 23.703 thereunder (together, the “Rules”), swap dealers are required to notify their...more

"CFTC Deadlines Approach for Swap Dealer Margin Segregation Notifications and Buy-Side Responses"

Market participants that enter into uncleared swaps should expect to receive notifications from swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) counterparties regarding segregation of initial margin for swaps. Dodd-Frank...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 10, 2014

No-Action Letter Provides Relief to M&A Brokers - On January 31, in a significant no-action letter (Letter), the Staff of the Division of Trading and Markets provided assurances that it would not recommend enforcement...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

Open for Business: SEFs Navigate the New Regulatory Environment  [Video]

Swap execution facilities (SEFs) were given life by the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires over-the counter (OTC) swaps to be cleared and traded on this new type of regulated platform. The CFTC published its final SEF rules in...more

The Fed Issues Final Rule on Treatment of Uninsured U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks Under Section 716 of Dodd-Frank

On December 24, the Fed issued the final rule clarifying the treatment of uninsured U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks under Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule adopts the interim final rule issued on...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

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 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 non-U.S. swap dealers (SDs) (whether or not an affiliate of a U.S. person) and non-U.S. persons if the...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

"CFTC Expands Large Trader Reporting and Increases Customer Account Protection Requirements"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) recently adopted several rules to improve large trader reporting, facilitate segregation of customer swap margin and enhance customer protections for futures and...more

Who Are The Swap Dealers?

We recently passed the first rolling 12-month period for determining which entities will surpass the CFTC’s de minimis swap dealing levels and thus be “swap dealers” under the Dodd-Frank Act. So, who are they?...more

CFTC Guidance on Cross-Border Application of United States Swap Regulations

Introduction - On July 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) adopted interpretive guidance (the “Guidance”) that details the CFTC’s interpretation of the application of the Commodity Exchange...more

CFTC Issues Guidance on Block Trade and Large Notional Off-Facility Swap Rules; Advisers Must Obtain Consents

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has issued final rules (“Final Rules”) setting minimum block trade sizes for different types of CFTC regulated swaps that are permitted to be executed off-facility and...more

Final Exemptive Order Regarding Cross-Border Application of Certain Swap Regulations

On July 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) approved a second final exemptive order (the “Final Order”) providing time-limited relief from certain cross-border applications of the swaps provisions...more

An End-User's Guide to the CFTC's Final Cross-Border Guidance

Last month, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued final interpretive guidance with respect to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act’s (Dodd-Frank...more

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