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CFTC Votes to Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

On September 17, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) voted to re-propose rules to impose initial and variation margin requirements on uncleared swaps entered into by swap dealers and major swap...more

CFTC Proposes Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Following bank regulators’ re-proposal of margin requirements for uncleared swaps by bank swap dealers (bank SDs) and bank major swap participants (bank MSPs), the CFTC has re-proposed its own very similar requirements for...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2014 #3

In this issue: - Derivatives - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - People - Events - Excerpt from Derivatives: CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Qualifying Swaps Trading...more

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

Harmony or Dissonance: The CFTC’s and SEC’s Cross-Border Rules

Recently, the SEC issued final rules addressing, among other things, the applicability of the security-based swap dealer (“SBSD”) and major security-based swap participant (“MSBSP”) definitions to cross-border security-based...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Credit Ratings - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds - Enforcement...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 Finalizes Cross-Border Rule for Security-Based Swaps

On June 25, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted the first in a series of final rules and interpretive guidance related to U.S. regulation of cross-border security-based swap activities....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

SEC Proposes Securities-Based Swap Recordkeeping, Reporting and Notification Requirements

On May 2, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)published in the Federal Register proposed regulations1 that would implement the recordkeeping, reporting and notification requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

SEC Proposes Recordkeeping, Reporting, and Notification Requirements for Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap...

The SEC issued a release proposing recordkeeping, reporting, and notification requirements for security-based swap dealers (“SBSDs”) and major security-based swap participants (“MSBSPs”). Although described as seeking to...more

SEC Proposes Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules for Security-based Swaps

On April 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed several new rules relating to security-based swaps. The rules deal with “recordkeeping, reporting, and notification requirements applicable to security-based swap...more

CFTC Hosts End-User Roundtable

The Commission responds to issues facing end-users as a result of derivatives reforms. Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) amended the Commodity Exchange Act...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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on European Commission's Proposed Amendments to ITS - On April 16, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published via its website an opinion dated April 4, 2014 on...more

CFTC Opens Broad Inquiry Into Swap Data Recordkeeping And Reporting

Following up on its January 21, 2014, formation of an interdivisional staff working group (Working Group) to review its swap data reporting and other provisions of Part 45 of its regulations, on March 19, 2014, the Commodity...more

CFTC Reissues FAQ on Commodity Options

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has reissued a document addressing frequently asked questions (FAQs) on commodity options. The FAQs document, which DMO originally issued on...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

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

CFTC Provides Relief for Intended-to-Be-Cleared Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight has issued No-Action Letter 13-70 providing relief to swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) from (1) trading...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

CFTC Adopts Rules for Segregation of Initial Margin for Uncleared Swaps

On October 31, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted final rules with respect to the segregation of initial margin for uncleared swaps. The rules impose new obligations on swap dealers (SDs) and major swap...more

CFTC Provides Clarification for SD and MSP Employees Acting in Clerical or Ministerial Capacities

The Commodity Exchange Act and Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations make it unlawful for a swap dealer (SD) or major swap participant (MSP) to permit a person subject to a statutory disqualification to effect or...more

"CFTC Publishes Sweeping Concept Release Asking Questions About Additional Regulation of Automated Trading Strategies and...

On September 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a concept release (Concept Release or Release) requesting information about current market practices relating to the use of automated trading...more

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