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The Delta Report: On the end of LIBOR: preliminary reflections on its implications for derivatives

by White & Case LLP on

Background and how the London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") works - The financial crisis brought considerable changes to the entire financial regulatory environment and the way many financial instruments, especially...more

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

FCA Announces Discontinuation of LIBOR

by Hogan Lovells on

As you may know, on July 27, 2017 the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Andrew Bailey announced that market participants should not rely on the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) being available after...more

ISDA Launches SIMM 2.0 for Calculating Uncleared Swaps Initial Margin

On September 7, 2017, ISDA launched a new version of its standard initial margin model (SIMM), ISDA SIMM Version 2.0, which includes a full recalibration of risk factors as well as: New risk factors for three product...more

U.S. Withholding on Synthetic Trades over U.S. Equities—Further Delay of Full Implementation Until 2019 (Notice 2017-42)

In response to perceived abuses in taxpayers’ use of swaps and other derivative transactions (e.g., options, futures or forwards) to avoid withholding tax on U.S. source dividends, Congress added Section 871(m) 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

A comparison of the reporting obligation under EMIR and under MIFIR

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Entities within scope - EMIR - Under Article 9 of EMIR, the reporting obligation applies to entities established in the EU who enter into, modify or terminate certain derivatives transactions....more

English Court of Appeal Confirms Primacy of Choice of Governing Law Clause in ISDA Master Agreements

On 15 June 2017 the English Court of Appeal handed down a significant judgment in Dexia Crediop S.p.A. v Comune di Prato. The Court’s unanimous judgment confirmed that the nature of an agreement made pursuant to an ISDA...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: U.S. CFTC Takes Steps to Modernize Rules and Operations and to Reduce...

by Dechert LLP on

Against a backdrop of changing markets, rapidly evolving technology and increased jurisdiction, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – the regulatory agency with responsibility for oversight of the U.S....more

Article 30 of the EMIR Margin Rules and the Covered Bond Exemption

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The new rules that implement the margin requirements under the risk mitigation obligations as set out in EMIR, create a specific regime for hedging arrangements that are entered into in relation to covered bonds. This article...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

Derivatives In Review - May 2017

CME and LCH Amend Rulebooks on Variation Margin - Market participants historically have characterized cleared derivatives as being "collateralized-to-market", treating variation margin transfers as daily collateral...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Approves Rules to Ease Investor Access to Exhibits in Company Filings - On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt rule and form amendments that will require issuers to include a...more

Derivatives: Non-Cleared Swaps Variation Margin Update – Limited Relaxed Enforcement by the CFTC, Prudential Regulators and...

by Liskow & Lewis on

Recently, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the U.S. Prudential Regulators and the European Supervisory Authorities (“ESAs”) have offered limited relief from or guidance for relaxed enforcement of...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

Commercial Division Trial to Address Collateral Call and Dispute Resolution Provisions of ISDA Agreements

In a case with potentially broad implications for participants in the leveraged loan and derivatives markets, Justice Eileen Bransten will conduct a bench trial starting next week in the long-running dispute between a...more

U.S. CFTC Approves a Position Limits Reproposal and Finalizes Aggregation Rules

by Reed Smith on

On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a Reproposal on Position Limits for Derivatives and a Final Rule on Aggregation of Positions. The Position Limits Reproposal would...more

Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

For the first time in the history of derivatives, regulators in leading markets will require assets to collateralize many derivatives which are not settled in a regulated clearinghouse. It is not possible to overstate...more

CFTC Expands Interest Rate Swap Clearing Requirements

by K&L Gates LLP on

One of the major goals of the Dodd-Frank Act, enacted in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, was to bring the swaps market under regulation generally and to require that standardized swaps be cleared by a central...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

Derivatives In Review - October 2016

CFTC Delays Reduction in Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Threshold - On October 13, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved an Order delaying for one year the reduction of the threshold for determining...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Initial Proposals on the Trading Obligation under MiFIR

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority published a discussion paper on the trading obligation for derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation. The trading obligation is applicable to classes of...more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: September 2016

by White & Case LLP on

In this issue of The Delta Report, we bring you further updates on developments in the global derivatives space. In Europe, the focus is on Brexit and the newly-released EU final regulatory standards on the valuation of...more

A step closer - The SEC still has some work to do to finalise its framework for SBS dealer registration but firms are already...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

More than six years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, and more than three years after the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) required swap dealers to register in accordance with Title VII of that Act, it...more

ISDA Launches 2016 Variation Margin Protocol to Facilitate Compliance With Margin Rules

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

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