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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

"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 Adopts Registration Rules for Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap Participants

On August 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new registration rules for security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants (SBS entities). In general, an SBS entity would register by filing...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

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

CFTC Proposes New Approach to the Cross-Border Application of Margin Requirements

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has taken another step in refining its framework for cross-border activities, with a new set of proposed rules applicable to the cross-border application of margin...more

CFTC Issues Proposed Rules Regarding the Cross-Border Application of its Uncleared Swaps Margin Requirements

On June 29, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued proposed rules (“Proposed Rules”) regarding the cross-border application of its proposed uncleared swaps margin rules issued last October. The...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants from Compliance with Reporting Obligations

On June 15, CFTC Division of Market Oversight published a letter extending the time-limited relief provided by previously issued no-action letter 14-90, expiring on June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2016. The relief applies to the...more

CFTC Further Extends Valuation Data Reporting Relief for SDs and MSPs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has further extended no-action relief from the valuation data reporting requirements for cleared swaps under CFTC Regulation 45.4(b)(2)(ii)....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - June 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - CFTC Provides No-Action Relief from Introducing Broker and Commodity Trading Advisor Registration to Non-U.S. Persons Who Advise on or Facilitate Swaps Transactions for Certain International...more

CFTC Issues Relief From IB and CTA Registration to Foreign Persons Dealing in Swaps for International Financial Institutions

On June 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued no-action relief from introducing broker (IB) and commodity trading advisor (CTA) registration to persons...more

CFTC Staff Issues No-Action Letters Relating to Swaps Trading Platforms in Australia

On May 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued two no-action letters granting relief to certain swaps trading platforms in Australia and participants executing swaps transactions on such platforms....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

Swaps End-User Update: CFTC Provides Helpful Interpretation for Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On May 12, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued its final interpretation (Final Interpretation) to clarify when a nonfinancial commodity contract that contains “embedded volumetric optionality”...more

CFTC Revises Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

In 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an interpretation that identifies the circumstances in which an agreement, contract or transaction would fall within the forward contract exclusions from the “swap” and...more

"CFTC Issues Revised Embedded Volumetric Optionality Interpretation for Swaps"

On May 12, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued revised interpretive guidance for forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). In 2012, the CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission...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

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Amended Legacy Swaps between SDs and SPVs

On March 31, 2015, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) issued no-action relief regarding compliance with certain of its swap...more

"CFTC Extends Annual Report Deadline for Certain Chief Compliance Officers"

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued no-action relief that provides chief compliance officers (CCOs) of registered swap dealers (SDs),...more

Margin for Uncleared Swaps: A Critical Look at the CFTC and Prudential Regulators Proposals

Last fall both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and five U.S. prudential banking regulators (the “Prudential Regulators”) released proposed rules for margin requirements for uncleared swap transactions for...more

UPDATE: Swap Dealers Will Face Significant Challenges from Reproposed Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Note: This version includes an additional section on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, which amends certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act to exempt certain counterparties from the initial...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 Grants No-Action Relief to Commodity Pool Operators with Respect to Certain Insurance-Linked Securitization Vehicles

Toward the end of 2014, the staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued two letters affecting insurance-linked securitization vehicles: CFTC...more

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