CFTC Unanimously Approves Final Rule for Granting Exemptions from Derivatives Clearing Organization Registration

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On November 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously approved a final rule establishing a framework for the Commission to grant an exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) to a clearing organization organized outside of the United States for the purpose of clearing proprietary swap transactions for U.S. persons. Section 5b(h) of the Commodity Exchange Act permits the CFTC to exempt a non-U.S. clearing organization from registration for clearing swaps if the CFTC determines that the clearing organization is subject to comparable, comprehensive supervision and regulation by its home country authorities. Therefore, financial institutions may have more options for central clearing counterparties to clear swaps that they enter into that are subject to a clearing mandate by the CFTC – namely, derivatives clearing organizations organized outside of the U.S., so long as the CFTC determines that they are subject to comparable, comprehensive supervision and regulation by the relevant local authorities in the jurisdiction of their organization. Final Rule.

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