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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 Staff Issues Final Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Report

On August 15, 2016, Staff of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) published a final report regarding the de minimis exception from swap dealer registration (“Staff De Minimis Report”).  The Staff De Minimis...more

CFTC Announces Actions Addressing Application of the Dodd-Frank Act to Cross-Border Transactions

On August 4, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two separate actions relating to the application of the Dodd-Frank Act to cross-border transactions. The CFTC issued a Final Response to...more

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

The CFTC has combined an entity-level approach with a transaction-level approach in its final cross-border uncleared swap margin requirements. Introduction - On December 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Derivatives in Review - July 2016

An Overview of Proposed Regulation AT - Orrick attorneys authored an overview of Regulation Automated Trading (known as "Regulation AT") proposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") in the May/June 2016...more

SEC Amends Rules on Security-Based Swap Reporting

On July 13, 2016, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved certain amendments and guidance to the rules governing the reporting and public dissemination of security-based swaps (“SBS”), known as “Regulation SBSR,”...more

CFTC Issues $560,000 Penalty for Inaccurate Large Trader Reporting of Swaps

On July 6, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) fined Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”) $560,000 for inaccurate large trader reporting of swaps positions. This is the third and largest...more

CFTC Issues Final Rules Regarding the Cross-Border Application of its Uncleared Swaps Margin Requirements - June 2016

On May 24, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) in a much anticipated action approved the issuance of final rules (“Final Rules”) regarding the cross-border application of its uncleared swaps margin...more

CFTC Finalizes Cross-Border Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

On May 24, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules (cross-border margin rules) that specify how its recently issued uncleared margin rules apply to cross-border transactions. Chairman Timothy...more

CFTC Amends Swap Portfolio Reconciliation Requirement

On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule to amend the swap portfolio reconciliation requirement. Under CFTC Regulation 23.500(i), swap dealers and major swap participants were...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 Proposed Guidance on Gas and Capacity Contracts Further Reduces Dodd-Frank Swap Burdens on End-Users

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued proposed guidance that two products – common in competitive wholesale electric and natural gas markets – would not be considered swaps under the...more

Mandatory Margin Posting Regulations Coming Soon for Uncleared Swaps

U.S. bank regulators recently adopted final rules establishing initial and variation margin requirements for uncleared swaps (Final Margin Rules). These rules apply to regulated entities such as banks and subsidiaries of bank...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved on December 16 final rules (Final Rules) on margin requirements for over-the-counter uncleared swaps entered into by CFTC-registered swap dealers (SDs) and major...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: SEC Issues New Guidance on Excluding Shareholder Proposals under Rule 14a-8: Goodwin Procter’s Capital Markets practice has released a client alert on the SEC’s Division of...more

Financial Regulators Adopt Final Margin Rules for Non-Cleared Swaps

On October 22, the US prudential regulators (the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Comptroller of the Currency, Farm Credit Administration and Federal Housing Finance Agency)...more

Banking Regulators Adopt End-User Exemption for Swap Margin Requirements

New Margin Requirements - The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved a final rule to establish margin requirements for swaps that are not cleared through a clearinghouse. This action is...more

CFTC Zeros in on Large Trader Reporting

On September 17, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order filing and simultaneously settling charges against Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ), an Australia-based firm that’s...more

SEC Extends Specified Temporary Relief Related to Security-Based Swaps

On September 15, the SEC issued an order extending temporary exemptions and exceptions from compliance with certain provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) applicable to security-based swaps (SB...more

NFA To Host Audio Conference for SDs and MSPs

National Futures Association (NFA) will hold an audio conference on Thursday, September 24, at 11:00 a.m. ET to help prepare swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) for their upcoming examinations. Interested...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

Cybersecurity Update: National Futures Association Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance Setting Forth General Requirements for Member...

The National Futures Association (“NFA”) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on August 28, 2015 a proposed Interpretive Notice (“Proposed Guidance”) for CFTC’s approval, which provides guidance to...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

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

CFTC Extends Relief for Non-US Swap Dealers From Transaction-Level Requirements

On August 13, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Division of Clearing and Risk, and Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission extended no-action relief from certain...more

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