On February 17, the European Commission (the Commission) published two Delegated Regulations amending the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) Margin Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) and the Clearing Obligation RTS (the Delegated Regulations).

The key amendments proposed by the Commission in the Margin RTS include:
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On June 9, at the request of the Futures Industry Association, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) and Division of Market Oversight (DMO) announced that they have extended no-action relief that was set to expire on June 30. 
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On April 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule revising CFTC Regulation 160.5. The amended rule implements the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act’s (FAST Act) December 2015 statutory amendment to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act) by providing an exception to the requirement that certain futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, introducing brokers, major swap participants and swap dealers (each, a “covered person”) to provide annual privacy notices to their respective customers. (The obligation to provide an initial privacy notice is unchanged).
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Starting January 3, 2018, physically settled foreign exchange forward transactions (FX Forwards) will be subject to the variation (but not initial) margin requirements set out in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/2251 of October 4, 2016 (EU Margin Regulation) that apply generally to OTC derivatives. FX Forwards are defined in Article 27 of the EU Margin Regulation as “physically settled OTC derivative contracts that solely involve the exchange of two different currencies on a specific future date at a fixed rate agreed on the trade date of the contract covering the exchange.”
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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 provide a common set of guidelines to promote the integrity and effective functioning of wholesale foreign exchange markets. The Code does not, however, impose legal or regulatory obligations on “Market Participants,” a term that encompasses most entities (including trading platforms) active in wholesale foreign exchange. The Code will be collectively owned and maintained by the Global Foreign Exchange Committee, a new global association of regional FX committees.
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