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"Non-Cleared Swap Variation Margin Requirements to Spark Credit Support Annex Amendments for Financial End Users"

On March 1, 2017, new rules adopted by U.S. Prudential Regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will require registered swap dealers to post and collect daily variation margin for over-the-counter,...more

Guide to U.S. Variation Margin Documentation for Financial End Users

The scheduled implementation date applicable for most financial end users for the mandatory posting of variation margin to their swap dealer counterparties under U.S. margin rules is March 1, 2017. In most cases, the U.S....more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: September 2016

In this issue of The Delta Report, we bring you further updates on developments in the global derivatives space. In Europe, the focus is on Brexit and the newly-released EU final regulatory standards on the valuation of...more

ISDA Launches 2016 Variation Margin Protocol to Facilitate Compliance With Margin Rules

On August 16, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol (VM Protocol). The VM Protocol will help market participants implement the new variation...more

CFTC Unanimously Approves Supplemental Proposal on Position Limits

On May 26, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved a proposed supplement (“Supplemental Proposal”) to its December 2013 proposal to establish position limits on futures and economically...more

Derivatives in Review - April 2016

Novo Banco and CDS – A Post-Mortem - The 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions updated the previous set of credit derivatives definitions to, among other things, include a credit event for “Governmental Intervention.”...more

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

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved a final rule that eliminates the reporting and recordkeeping requirements in current CFTC regulations for trade option counterparties that are...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule to Amend the Trade Option Exemption by Eliminating Certain Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for...

On March 16, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule that eliminated certain requirements “for trade option counterparties that are neither swap dealers nor major swap participants[.]”...more

CFTC Adopts Final Trade Option Rule

On March 16, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved amendments to the rules applicable to certain physically-settled options referred to as “trade options.” This final rule substantially...more

CFTC Approves Amendment to Trade Options Exemption

The CFTC recently amended its trade option exemption to exclude certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements if a party to the option is a commercial end user of the underlying commodity. The broadened exemption provides...more

Prudential Regulators and CFTC: Final Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

The Prudential Regulators and the CFTC release final initial and variation margin rules for uncleared swaps and security-based swaps. On October, 22 2015, the Prudential Regulators released final rules and accompanying...more

Financial Entity Update: The CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – Goofy Haircut

Under the Margin Rules, swap dealers and major swap participants that do not have a prudential regulator (Covered Swap Entities, or CSEs) would be required to collect and post initial margin for uncleared swaps with financial...more

Financial Entity Update: The CFTC’s Proposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps – Know Thyself

To clarify our intended audience, in the Financial Entity Update we will address issues germane to entities that trade swaps but are neither dealers nor commercial end users. This includes a broad and diverse group of...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 to Reduce Trade Option Reporting Requirements for Commercial End-Users"

Trade options are physically settled over-the-counter options on most deliverable commodities (e.g., agricultural, energy, or metals) where the buyer is a producer, processor, commercial user or merchant of the commodity...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

Public Companies: Board Should Review End-User Swap Approvals Annually

The Dodd-Frank Act permits certain end-users to elect to use an exception to the swap clearing requirements under certain conditions, which is referred to as the end-user exception. For public companies, the ability to elect...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

New Year Brings Changes To End User Reporting Requirements For Trade Options And Swaps

The first half of 2014 will bring changes to the end user reporting requirements for trade options and swaps—namely, (1) the commencement of the annual Form TO reporting requirement for unreported trade options and (2) a...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

CFTC Adopts Final SEF, “Available to Trade” and Block Trade Rules – Implications for End - Users

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently adopted three final rules pursuant to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Customer Protection Act that impact the manner in which end-users’ cleared...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Derivatives Legislation

The House recently passed four discrete bills that address particular issues with the derivatives provisions of Dodd-Frank, including legislation to ensure there is a clear end-user exemption and legislation to address the...more

What Every End-User Needs to Know About the ISDA March 2013 DF Protocol

On March 22, 2013, ISDA published the March 2013 DF Protocol, and on May 20, 2013, ISDA Amend1 became available to accept Questionnaires under the new Protocol. The March 2013 Protocol (which is completely separate from the...more

CFTC Provides No-Action Relief For Treasury Subsidiaries And Affiliates

Broc Romanek of TheCorporateCounsel.net recently described a member’s concerns that some companies were having on relying on the Dodd-Frank Act’s exemption for end-users for swaps entered into by treasury subsidiaries and...more

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