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CFTC and European Commission Make Progress on Cross-Border Agreements

On October 13, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced two cross-border developments with the European Commission (EC) that take significant steps toward reconciling regulation of cross-border...more

Federal Reserve Board Seeks Public Comment on Alternatives to LIBOR

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board is requesting public comment on proposed plans for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Office of Financial Research to publish three new reference rates intended as alternatives to the...more

LIBOR Replacement Plans Bring Regulatory Considerations for Derivatives

Plans to end the long reign of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as one of the world's most often-used interest rate benchmarks have recently been confirmed by several top financial regulators. On July 27, 2017,...more

"CFTC Seeks Public Input on Decreasing Burdens of Existing Rules"

On May 3, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted to seek public input on simplifying and modernizing the agency’s rules (Project KISS, 82 Fed. Reg. 21494 (May 9, 2017)). CFTC Acting Chairman J....more

"House Bill to Shake Up CFTC Rulemakings"

Less than two weeks into the new congressional session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 239 to 182 the Commodity End-User Relief Act1 (the Bill or House Bill), marking the first step by the new...more

"CFTC Revises the Regulation AT Proposal for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an amendment to the Regulation AT framework it originally proposed in December 2015 for automated trading on U.S. derivatives exchanges. Addressing the issues raised in the...more

"CFTC Proposes Rules to Count Cross-Border Swaps for Swap-Dealer Thresholds and Other Requirements"

The CFTC’s newly proposed rules on cross-border transactions address which swap activities affect swap-dealer thresholds and trigger transaction-level swap requirements. These are the latest in a series of CFTC rulemakings,...more

"Recent Bills to Amend Dodd-Frank Preview Coming Attractions in Post-Election Congress"

Recently introduced legislation suggests that Republicans and Democrats in post-election Congress will be looking in very different directions on how to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...more

CFTC Proposes to Apply Clearing Requirement to Additional Interest Rate Swaps

On June 9, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed to require additional interest rate swaps to be centrally cleared. Since December 2012, the CFTC has required four classes of interest rate swaps...more

"CFTC Eliminates End-User Trade Option Reporting Requirements and Addresses Applicability of Position Limits"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) adopted a final rule effective March 21, 2016, that eliminates the reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the CFTC’s existing trade option exemption for...more

"Derivatives Regulators Reach Agreement on Cross-Border Harmonization for Central Clearing Counterparties"

Recent regulatory actions by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the European Commission (EC) are bringing an end to years of negotiation on how to regulate central clearing counterparties (CCPs)...more

"Bitcoins and the Blockchain: The CFTC Takes Notice of Virtual Currencies"

As interest in bitcoin derivatives has increased, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has turned more of its attention toward virtual currencies. For a little more than a year, at least two trading facilities...more

"CFTC Proposes Regulation AT for Automated Trading"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed new rules — Regulation Automated Trading (Regulation AT) — that would impose new and potentially burdensome risk and compliance controls on any person engaged in...more

"Prudential Regulators Finalize Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Swaps"

Federal banking regulators (Prudential Regulators) have finalized much-anticipated rules (Final Rules) relating to initial and variation margin requirements for certain swaps and security-based swaps that are not centrally...more

"CFTC Asserts Jurisdiction in Bitcoin Markets"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently took a series of actions confirming views expressed late last year by CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad that "[d]erivatives contracts based on a virtual currency represent...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

"CFTC Proposes Rules for Cross-Border Application of Uncleared Margin"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently proposed rules1 to address the cross-border application of margin requirements for uncleared swaps for swap dealers and major swap participants not subject to...more

"MiFID 2: Reforming the Regulation of EU Securities and Derivatives Markets"

The European Union has begun a wide-ranging and radical reform of its securities and derivatives markets through MiFID 2, which is scheduled to be implemented across the EU by January 3, 2017. Implementation is dependent on a...more

"Reconciling Regulatory Requirements in Cross-Border Derivatives Takes Center Stage"

As the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) completes the derivatives regulations mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the European Union continues to develop its own derivatives rules. Both sets of regulations seek to...more

"CFTC Fine-Tunes Rules, Emphasizing Relief for Commercial End-Users"

On November 3, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) approved three proposals that Chairman Timothy Massad described as “fine tuning” certain of the CFTC’s rules “to make sure they do not impose...more

"CFTC Further Extends Comment Periods on Position Limits Proposals"

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) has further extended the comment periods for its November 2013 proposal concerning position limits aggregation and its December 2013 proposal concerning position...more

"CFTC Proposes Three Actions to Address Rulemaking Issues"

On May 22, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) and its staff took three actions. First, the Commission proposed to amend its existing definition of “swap dealer” in order to allow...more

5/30/2014  /  CFTC , Commodities , Derivatives , Swap Dealers , Swaps

"ISDA and FIA Europe Publish Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement"

On May 15, 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Europe published the ISDA/FIA Europe Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement (ISDA/FIA Europe CDEA). ...more

5/19/2014  /  Derivatives , EU , ISDA , Swaps

"EU Derivatives Reporting Obligations Clarified as February 12 Deadline Approaches"

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) requires EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on- or off-exchange, to report certain information and details relating to the trade to a registered...more

"EU Derivatives Trade Reporting Obligations to Begin on February 12, 2014"

Starting February 12, 2014, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) will require EU-counterparties to all derivative contracts, whether traded on or off exchange, to report certain trade information and details...more

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