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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

The Phasing Out of LIBOR: Initial Reaction and Preparation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

1. Background: Elimination of LIBOR by 2021 - As has been widely publicized, on July 27, 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority announced that LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) the longtime global interest rate...more

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Publishes Recommendations for a CCP Recovery and Resolution Framework

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The ISDA's paper focuses on CCPs that clear derivatives, although many of its recommendations will be relevant to clearing houses that clear other instruments. It is intended to build on the guidance from CPMI-IOSCO and the...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

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 18

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - The SEC’s recent disclosure that its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) system was hacked in 2016 has been receiving a lot of attention in the press. After several years of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Texas District Court Rules on Damages Calculations in FDIC’s RMBS Suit Against Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank - On September 14, 2017, Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted...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

Newly Adopted Fed Rules Will Limit Buy-Side Remedies in a Financial Institution Failure

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) has adopted final rules1 that represent a significant shift in the terms of over-the-counter derivatives, repurchase and reverse repurchase transactions and...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 25 August 2017 - 31 August 2017

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FMLC publishes letter sent to the MoJ on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill 2017 - On 31 August, the FMLC published a letter to the MoJ following their email (dated 14 July) seeking comments on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill 2017. The...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 18 August 2017 - 24 August 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Brexit - Brexit – ISDA position paper on, CCP location and legal uncertainty - On 21 August, ISDA published a position paper on Brexit, CCP location and legal uncertainty. The paper focuses on a possible location...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

ISDA Considers the Suitability of Swaps Documentation to the Blockchain

by Reed Smith on

On August 3, 2017, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) released a whitepaper that considers whether derivative contracts could operate on a blockchain (the “Whitepaper”). The Whitepaper, titled “Smart...more

Blockchain Energizer Vol. 10

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and its potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply-chain management. Reports estimate that over $1.4...more

ISDA Publishes the 2017 OTC Equity Derivatives T+2 Settlement Cycle Protocol

On July 28, 2017, ISDA published the ISDA 2017 OTC Equity Derivatives T+2 Settlement Cycle Protocol (Protocol) which will enable participants to adjust the settlement cycle of certain of their OTC equity derivatives...more

ISDA Master Agreement – Court of Appeal favours chosen law over local

by Dentons on

When commercial parties choose English law to govern their hedging or financing contracts, the English courts will usually apply that choice with very few exceptions. A recent Court of Appeal case further narrows one such...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 13

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - Two of our items today focus on remarks by new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and, if they are any indication of the direction the new Chairman intends to take the Commission, they could go a long way to...more

Mandatory rules Rome Convention swaps

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision of the High Court that an Italian local authority could rely on local mandatory laws to invalidate an interest rate swap entered into with an Italian bank. In its ruling the Court...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

Construction of competing jurisdiction clauses

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Commercial Court has upheld an Italian local authority’s jurisdiction challenge in respect of certain declarations relating to interest rate swaps entered into under an ISDA Master Agreement. At first instance, the judge...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 9

by DLA Piper on

US financial regulators discuss Volcker Rule. CNBC reported that US financial regulators are tackling one of Wall Street’s biggest concerns by discussing the Volcker Rule governing banks’ proprietary trading. Rich Foster,...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 8

by DLA Piper on

International Monetary Fund reviews top threats to markets and banks. The Wall Street Journal reported on the IMF’s warning that high corporate leverage could threaten financial stability as the Federal Reserve raises...more

Bridging the Week - May 2017 #3

ICE Futures U.S. Settles Disciplinary Actions Against Three Respondents For Alleged Block Trade Violations For US $325,000 Combined Fine - ICE Futures U.S. settled two related disciplinary actions against three persons for...more

Article 55 and the ISDA 2016 Bail-in Article 55 BRRD Protocol

by White & Case LLP on

ISDA published on 14 July 2016 the "ISDA 2016 Article 55 BRRD Protocol (Dutch/French/German/Irish/Italian/Luxembourg/Spanish/UK entity-in-resolution)" (the "Bail-in Protocol"). The Bail-in Protocol aims to facilitate market...more

Japanese Variation Margin Requirements Take Effect

by Jones Day on

Following the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions' March 18, 2015, release of revisions to the framework for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared...more

Quelles Consequences Sur Vos Contrats De Marche En Cas De Frexit ?

Avec une proportion non négligeable de candidats à la présidence de la France favorables à la sortie de l’Europe ou à la renégociation de certains traités, l’éventualité d’un Frexit au lendemain du Brexit n’a jamais été aussi...more

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