The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers (SBSDs) and major security-based swap participants (MSBSPs) under Section 15F(h) of the Securities Exchange Act (Exchange Act). The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted parallel rules for swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) under Section 4s(h) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) in 2012. Although the SEC and CFTC rules are similar in many important respects, they have several notable differences. This may complicate a firm’s decision-making on whether to integrate its SBSD into its already registered SD. We have highlighted below some of the major differences between the SEC and CFTC rules.
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