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CFTC to Hold an Open Commission Meeting on April 23

Posted in Brexit, CFTC, Derivatives
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will host an open meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at which it expects to cover the following topics: notice of proposed rulemaking regarding amendments to regulations on certain swap data depository and swap data reporting requirements; notice of proposed rulemaking regarding amendments to derivatives clearing organization general… Continue Reading

FCA and SEC Sign Updated Memoranda of Understanding

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Derivatives, Financial Markets, SEC/Corporate, UK Developments
On March 29, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a press release announcing that it has signed two updated memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Both MOUs aim to ensure the continued ability of the United Kingdom and the United States to cooperate and consult with each other regarding the… Continue Reading

CFTC Passes Provision to Provide Greater Brexit-Related Market Certainty by Unanimous Vote

Posted in Brexit, CFTC, Derivatives
On May 25, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted an interim final rule designed to provide greater certainty to the global marketplace in the event of a “no-deal Brexit.” In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated withdrawal agreement, affected swap dealers and major swap participants may be required to transfer… Continue Reading

CFTC Adopts Final Rule to Help Small Businesses and Job Creators in the US

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On March 25, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted an amendment to the definition of a swap dealer found in CFTC Rule 1.3 to allow certain insured depository institutions (IDIs) to provide risk mitigating swaps to customers in connection with the origination of loans without counting the swaps towards their de minimis threshold. Under CFTC… Continue Reading

CFTC Unanimously Approves Rule Amendments to Ease Regulatory Burdens

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On March 28, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it has unanimously approved two final rule amendments designed to ease registrants’ regulatory burdens. Both final rule proposals originated from the CFTC’s Project KISS Initiative, which is intended to simplify and reduce burdens by revisiting our rules based on staff implementation experience and public comment.… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR Commodity Derivatives

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On March 27, the European Securities and Markets Association (ESMA) published an updated version of its questions and answers document (Q&As) on commodity derivatives topics under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). The Q&As, were last updated on January 4, (as reported in the… Continue Reading

CFTC Announces Global Markets Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced that its Global Markets Advisory Committee (GMAC) will hold a meeting on April 15. The GMAC will hear presentations on how regulators are fulfilling the 2009 G20 directive regarding the OTC derivatives market. Specifically, the GMAC will examine the status of the four key pillars of the original… Continue Reading

CFTC Announces Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced that its Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC) will hold a meeting on April 17. The meeting will focus on the following three topics: derivatives markets’ responses to physical markets’ developments; exchange-traded energy derivatives markets; and the availability of clearing and other services in the energy derivatives… Continue Reading

ESMA Extends Its Register of Derivatives to be Traded On-Venue Under MiFIR

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On March 21, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its public register of derivative contracts that are subject to the trading obligation under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). ESMA’s update follows the authorization, on the same date, of additional trading venues where the classes of derivatives subject to the trading obligation… Continue Reading

CFTC and Monetary Authority of Singapore Issue Joint Statement Regarding the Mutual Recognition of Certain Derivatives Trading Venues in the United States and Singapore

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On March 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a joint statement announcing their mutual recognition of certain derivatives trading venues in the United States and Singapore. The CFTC issued an order exempting certain derivatives trading facilities regulated by the MAS from the registration requirements for swap execution… Continue Reading

BCBS/IOSCO Provide Guidance on Uncleared Swap Margin Rule Implementation

Posted in Derivatives
On March 5, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued guidance on two issues that have been identified in connection with the implementation of the framework for margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives previously adopted by the two groups that initially went into effect in 2016.… Continue Reading

ISDA Proposes Amendments To Counter “Manufactured” Credit Derivative Defaults

Posted in Derivatives
On March 6, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published for public comment some proposed amendments to the 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions to address the issue of “narrowly tailored” or “manufactured” credit events. This type of credit event came under scrutiny by ISDA because of a few situations in which a company was… Continue Reading

CFTC Commissioners File Comment Letter Regarding Proposed Standardized Approach for Measuring Counterparty Credit Risk

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On February 15, four members of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commissioner Stump recused herself) filed a comment letter regarding the standardized approach for calculating the exposure amount of derivative contracts proposed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the… Continue Reading

CFTC Divisions Announce 2019 Examination Policies

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On February 12, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced 2019 Examination Priorities (the “Examination Priorities”) for registrants of the Division of Market Oversight (DMO), Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), and Division of Clearing & Risk (DCR). This marks the first time that the agency has published Examination Priorities for its divisions.… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates MiFID II Transitional Transparency Calculations for Electricity Derivatives

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its transitional transparency calculations (TTC) for the purposes of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the related Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR).… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Updated Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR Commodity Derivatives Topics

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 4, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its questions and answers document (Q&As) on commodity derivative topics under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). This follows the last updated version of its Q&As, which ESMA published… Continue Reading

SEC Proposes Risk Mitigation Rules for Uncleared Security-Based Swaps

Posted in Derivatives
On December 19, the US Securities and Exchange Commission voted to issue proposed rules that would require the mandatory use of certain risk mitigation techniques by security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants (collectively, SBS Entities). Under the proposed rules, SBS Entities will be required to: Reconcile outstanding security-based swaps with applicable counterparties on… Continue Reading

ISDA Publishes 2018 Benchmark Supplement Protocol

Posted in Derivatives
On December 10, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) introduced its latest market protocol, the 2018 Benchmark Supplement Protocol, which is designed to give market participants an efficient means to incorporate terms from the ISDA Benchmark Supplement into their existing and/or future derivative transactions.… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Consultation Paper on Restricting CFD Products Sold to Retail Clients

Posted in Derivatives, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On December 7, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper on restricting contract for difference (CFD) and other derivative products sold to retail consumers. In its consultation paper, the FCA is proposing to intervene in the CFD market to address allegedly poor conduct by firms offering CFD products to retail customers, and… Continue Reading

European Commission Reported to Grant Temporary Access to UK Clearing Houses

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Derivatives, Financial Markets
On December 12, it was reported that the European Commission (EC) intends to grant temporary and conditional equivalence status to UK central counterparties (CCPs) under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) in the event of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union (Brexit) without concluding a withdrawal agreement (“no-deal Brexit”).… Continue Reading