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MiFID II Implementing Legislation Published

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 22, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/701) were presented to Parliament. The Regulations transpose elements of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and related Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) into UK law. Member States of the European Union are required… Continue Reading

EC Launches Systematic Internalizer Amendment Consultation and Publishes Commodities Reporting ITS

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On June 20, the European Commission (EC) published a consultation and draft amendment to Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/565 (Delegated Regulation) supplementing the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). The Delegated Regulation specifies, among other things, additional criteria to be considered in determining whether a firm is a systematic internalizer (SI) for the purposes… Continue Reading

FCA Focuses on Dividend Arbitrage

Posted in Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On June 2, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published issue 52 of Market Watch, its market conduct and transaction reporting newsletter. The newsletter focuses on the practice of dividend arbitrage, the intention of which is to place shares in alternative tax jurisdictions around dividend dates, with the aim of minimizing withholding taxes (WHT), or generating… Continue Reading

FIA Publishes Letter Opposing Relocation of Euro-Denominated Derivatives Clearing

Posted in Brexit, Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On June 6, the Futures Industry Association (FIA) published a letter addressed to European Commission (EC) Vice–President Valdis Dombrovskis, detailing its concerns about the potential approach of forced relocation of euro-denominated derivatives clearing to the European Union. Forced relocation was raised as an option for ensuring the protection of the financial stability and monetary policy… Continue Reading

New FX Code of Conduct

Posted in Derivatives
The Foreign Exchange Working Group (FXWG), operating under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements, has published a final version of its “FX Global Code” (the “Code”), a code of conduct for foreign exchange markets. (This version incorporates Part 1 of the Code that was published in May 2016.) The Code was developed to… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Opinion on the Meaning of Traded on a Trading Venue

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On May 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an opinion regarding the implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). The opinion clarifies the concept of “traded on a trading venue” (TOTV), which is relevant for a number of provisions under… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends Relief to CTAs With Third-Party Recordkeepers

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) has issued exemptive relief to commodity trading advisors (CTAs) from the requirement to keep records under CFTC Regulations 4.7(c)(2) and 4.33 at the CTA’s main business office. As provided in the exemptive letter, a CTA may use a third-party recordkeeper so long… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends Previously Granted No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying With EU Requirements

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On April 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued No-Action Letter 17-22, which extends relief previously granted under CFTC No-Action Letter 17-05. CFTC No-Action Letter 17-05 allowed certain swap dealers to substitute compliance with the non-centrally cleared OTC derivative margin requirements applicable in the European Union (the… Continue Reading

CFTC Grants Registration to NEX SEF Limited

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On April 20, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it had issued an Order of Registration to NEX SEF Limited (NEX) whereby NEX was granted registration status with the CFTC as a swap execution facility (SEF). In granting NEX’s application, the CFTC determined that NEX demonstrated compliance with the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC… Continue Reading

CFTC Staff Provides Relief Associated With Swap Trade Confirmations

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On March 24, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight extended no-action relief relating to the recordkeeping and confirmation requirements in CFTC Regulations 37.6(b), 37.1000, 37.1001, 45.2, and 45.3(a). This relief applies only to uncleared swap transactions executed on or pursuant to the rules of a Swap Execution Facility (SEF) and is subject to… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends Public Comment Period for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants Minimum Capital Requirement Proposal

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On March 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published in the Federal Register its decision to extend the public comment period for the proposed rules related to minimum capital requirements for swap dealers and major swap participants (Proposal). (For a more complete discussion of the Proposal, see the December 9, 2016 edition of Corporate &… Continue Reading

EU and Prudential Regulators Issue Statements on March 1 Compliance With Swap Margin Rules

Posted in Banking, Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments
Lacking the ability to issue formal no-action relief from strict compliance with the variation margin rules for uncleared swaps coming into effect on March 1, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) have each issued statements suggesting that they… Continue Reading

CFTC Provides Time-Limited Relief for Variation Margin and Minimum Transfer Amount Provisions

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On February 13, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) provided time-limited no-action relief for failure of a swap dealer (SD) that does not have a prudential regulator to comply with the CFTC’s variation margin requirements by the March 1 compliance date (March 1 Requirements). (There… Continue Reading

SEC Simplifies Process for Electronically Filing Broker-Dealer Annual Reports

Posted in Broker-Dealer, Derivatives
The Division of Trading and Markets (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission has updated its no-action relief to broker-dealers and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives dealers from the requirement to file annual and supplemental reports with the SEC in paper form. The Division had previously issued a no-action letter in December 2015 that provided relief to… Continue Reading

CFTC Releases Time Limited No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying With EU Requirements

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives, EU Developments
On February 1, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued No Action Letter 17-05, which allows certain swap dealers to substitute—for a limited period of time—compliance with the non-centrally cleared OTC derivative margin requirements applicable in the European Union (the “EU Rules”) for compliance with certain of the… Continue Reading

CFTC Staff Grants No-Action Relief From Residual Interest Withdrawal Restrictions

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On January 26, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) issued CFTC Letter No. 17-03, in which the Division authorized futures commission merchants (FCMs) that carry cleared swaps customer accounts to withdraw excess residual interest from the cleared swaps customer accounts prior to the time provided in CFTC Rule… Continue Reading

40 Days Left Until Compliance Date for Variation Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

Posted in Derivatives
As part of a global regulatory initiative, the United States, European Union, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia have all adopted, or are in the process of adopting, rules (Margin Rules) that impose mandatory variation margin requirements on non-cleared swaps and, in some cases, non-cleared security-based swaps and FX derivatives (collectively, “Covered Trades”).… Continue Reading

CFTC Grants Order to LCH

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On January 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an order authorizing LCH.Clearnet Limited (LCH), a CFTC-registered derivatives clearing organization (DCO), and its clearing members that are registered futures commission merchants to: (1) commingle in a cleared swaps customer account customer money, securities and property used to margin, secure or guarantee both futures and foreign… Continue Reading

CFTC Proposes to Amend Access to Swap Data Requirements

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On January 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved for publication in the Federal Register proposed amendments to Part 49 of the CFTC’s regulations relating to access to swap data held by Swap Data Repositories (SDR). Among other revisions, the proposal: (1) eliminates the requirement that foreign and domestic authorities seeking access to SDR swap… Continue Reading

CFTC Staff Issues Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Derivatives Clearing Organizations and Other Reporting Entities From Certain Obligations on Cleared Swap Reporting

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments
On December 19, 2016, the Division of Market Oversight (Division) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission provided time-limited no-action relief from the swap data recordkeeping and reporting requirements for cleared swaps (cleared swaps rule) to which derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) and reporting entities would otherwise have been subject on December 27, 2016. Subject to certain… Continue Reading

CFTC Staff Issues Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Entities Submitting Swaps for Clearing With Derivatives Clearing Organizations Acting Under Exemptive Orders or No-Action Relief

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments
On December 19, 2016, the Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced time-limited no-action relief for entities submitting swaps for clearing by derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) relying on a CFTC exemption order or no-action relief (Relief DCOs). Entities submitting such swaps for clearing are now relieved of the obligation to terminate… Continue Reading

CFTC Grants No-Action Relief From Certain Swap Clearing Requirements for Swaps With Eligible Affiliate Counterparties in Australia or Mexico

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments
On December 15, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Clearing and Risk granted US swap participants temporary no-action relief from the required clearing rule with respect to swaps entered into with eligible affiliate counterparties located in Australia and Mexico. The no-action relief will expire on December 31, 2017.… Continue Reading