On September 21, the European Commission (Commission) adopted a time-limited decision to provide financial market participants 18 months within which they should reduce their exposure to UK central counterparties (CCPs) (the Decision).
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On July 9, the European Central Bank (ECB) published a blog by Yves Mersch, member of the Executive Board of the ECB and vice-chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB, on the preparations of European Union (EU) banks for the end of the Brexit transition period (the Blog).
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On July 9, the European Commission (the Commission) published a communication to help national authorities, businesses and citizens prepare for the changes that will arise at the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31 (the Communication).
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On June 25, the five regulators responsible for Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (Volcker Rule) approved a set of amendments that modify and clarify the covered fund provisions of the regulations implementing the Volcker Rule. (The five regulators are the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.) The final amendments are generally the same as those proposed in January of this year.
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On June 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a final report setting out technical advice to the European Commission (EC) on the fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory and transparent (FRANDT) commercial terms for the provision of clearing services (the Report).
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On February 26, Fabio Panetta, Executive Board Member at the European Central Bank (ECB), gave a speech on cross-border co-operation within the central counterparty (CCP) community. The speech was given at the Second Joint Bundesbank/ECB/Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Conference on CCP Risk Management.
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On November 28, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) and Division of Market Oversight (DMO) each extended previously issued no-action relief from clearing and trade execution requirements for certain inter-affiliate transactions. As discussed in the November 20, 2015 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest, DMO previously provided time-limited no-action relief exempting certain affiliates from the trade execution requirement. This relief is available to affiliate counterparties that satisfy CFTC regulation 50.52(a) but not 50.52(b), (c) or (d), and are not exempt from clearing. DMO has extended its relief to December 31, 2017.
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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will host a roundtable on October 6 to gather feedback in relation to a report on central counterparty resilience and recovery recently published by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). Roundtable panelists will include US derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs), their

A senior European official has stated that the European Union has no immediate plans to push for the euro-denominated clearing business of London clearinghouses to relocate inside the Eurozone. Speaking at an event in Washington, DC, Valdis Dombrovskis, the member of the European Commission (Commission) responsible for financial services, noted that among the many issues