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CFTC Proposes Rules to Simplify Process for Foreign Clearing Organizations to Obtain DCO Registration Exemptions

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On August 8, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it has proposed rules pursuant to which a clearing organization located outside of the United States may obtain an exemption from registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) in order to provide swaps clearing services to certain US persons. The proposed rules codify the CFTC’s… Continue Reading

NFA Announces the Effective Date of Disclosure Requirements for NFA Members Engaging in Virtual Currency Activities

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
On August 9, the National Futures Association (NFA) announced the effective date of its recently adopted Interpretive Notice, Disclosure Requirements for NFA Members Engaging in Virtual Currency Activities. The Interpretative Notice will go into effect on October 31 (“Effective Date”).… Continue Reading

ESMA Updates TTC Calculations for MiFID II/ MiFIR

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On August 6, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of the transitional transparency calculations (TTC) for the purposes of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and the associated Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR). The TTC is a series of calculations in relation to equity and non-equity… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to Shanghai Clearing Firm

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On July 31, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Clearing and Risk extended no-action relief to the Shanghai Clearing House (SHCH). Originally set to expire on February 28, 2019, the relief is extended until July 31, 2021. The no-action relief, originally granted in May 2016 and renewed several times, permits SHCH to continue to… Continue Reading

AFME and ISDA Publish Paper on Brexit Contractual Continuity Issues in OTC Derivatives

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On July 30, the Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) released a paper outlining the challenges UK and EU firms will face in relation to legacy over-the-counter (OTC) derivative contracts following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (Brexit).… Continue Reading

CFTC Proposes Improvements to Initial Margin Segregation Rule

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission KISS initiative has finally produced some substantive results for swap dealers in the form of proposed amendments to Subpart L of the CFTC’s regulations (“Segregation of Assets in Uncleared Swap Transactions”) that were issued for comment on July 24. Subpart L (which encompasses CFTC Regulations 23.700-704) has been problematic for… Continue Reading

NFA Interpretive Notice Regarding Engaging in Virtual Currency

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives, Digital Assets and Virtual Currencies
On July 20, the National Futures Association (NFA) submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for approval a proposed interpretive notice regarding Disclosure Requirements for NFA Members Engaging in Virtual Currency Activities. The new disclosure obligations will apply to all NFA members engaging in transactions in virtual currency derivatives and virtual currency, as well as other… Continue Reading

CFTC Permits DCOs to Invest Customer Funds in European Sovereign Debt

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order granting limited relief from the provisions of CFTC Rule 1.25 that will allow derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) to invest euro-denominated futures and cleared swap customer funds in euro-denominated sovereign debt issued by France and Germany. Among other requirements, the order provides that the dollar-weighted average of… Continue Reading

ISDA Publishes IBOR Replacement Consultation

Posted in Derivatives
On July 12, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a document entitled Consultation on Certain Aspects of Fallbacks for Derivatives Referencing GBP LIBOR, CHF LIBOR, JPY LIBOR, TIBOR, Euroyen TIBOR and BBSW (Bank Bill Swap Rate) that is intended to solicit market input on how the derivatives markets can best create alternatives to… Continue Reading

European Commission Confirms MiFID II Ancillary Exemption Test on An Entity-By-Entity Basis

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
In a May 31 letter, the Vice President of the European Commission (EC), Valdis Dombrovskis, provided confirmation to the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) regarding the test to apply the ancillary activity exemption under Article 2(1)(j) of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). In April 2018, ESMA had… Continue Reading

European Parliament Adopts EMIR 2.1 Proposal

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On June 12, the European Parliament (EP) issued a press release announcing its adoption in plenary of the proposed regulation to amend the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) in respect of, among others, clearing, reporting and risk-mitigation techniques for over-the-counter derivatives contracts not cleared by a central counterparty (CCP).… Continue Reading

CFTC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Margin Requirements

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On May 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission released a proposed rule to amend the CFTC’s margin requirements for uncleared swaps for swap dealers and major swap participants. The proposed rule amendments are intended to make the same changes to the CFTC margin requirements that federal banking regulators recently proposed for the margin rules for… Continue Reading

CFTC Issues Virtual Currency Advisory for Exchanges and Clearinghouses

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On May 21, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission released a staff advisory that provides guidance to designated contract markets (DCMs) and swap execution facilities (SEFs) that plan to list virtual currency derivatives for trading and clearing organizations (DCOs) intending to clear virtual currency derivatives. The advisory notes that the CFTC’s recommendations are informed by the… Continue Reading

CFTC Grants Relief to Certain Non-US Persons in Determining Swap Dealer and Major Swap Participant Status

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On May 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) provided no-action relief for certain non-US persons from counting swaps with international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund, that are incorporated or based in the United States in determining swap dealer and major swap participant status as… Continue Reading

CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Extends Exemptive Relief From CFTC Regulations 4.7 and 4.2 Requirement to Prepare Financial Statements in Accordance With US GAAP

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On March 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued Letter 18-09, which granted exemptive relief to a commodity pool operator (CPO) of a foreign “Master Fund” and a US “Feeder Fund.” CFTC rules generally require that the financial statements a CPO is required to provide US pool… Continue Reading

CFTC Seeks Market Risk Advisory Committee Membership Nominations and Public Comment on Committee Priorities

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On March 15, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published in the Federal Register a request for nominees for the membership positions on the Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC). MRAC is a discretionary advisory committee that conducts public meetings and submits reports and recommendations to the CFTC on matters including systemic risk and changes in the… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Entities Submitting Swaps for Clearing With Certain DCOs

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On February 20, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) published Staff Letter 18-03, which extends the time-limited no-action relief provided in Staff Letter 16-85 for entities submitting swaps for clearing by derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) operating under (1) exemptive orders issued by the CFTC; or (2) no-action relief granted by the… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Limits Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections

Posted in Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments, Litigation, SEC/Corporate
On February 21, the US Supreme Court decided Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers (583 U.S. ____ (2018)), which resolved a circuit split related to whether the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 124 Stat. 1376 (Dodd-Frank) extend to individuals who have not reported a securities law violation to… Continue Reading

FCA Provides Update on EMIR United States Equivalence Decision and Intragroup Exemptions

Posted in EU Developments
On February 12, the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), about the equivalence decision for derivative transactions in the United States  adopted by the European Commission on October 13, 2017. The equivalence decision determined that the rules promulgated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on… Continue Reading

Conforming Amendments Proposed for Bank Swap Margin Rules

Posted in Banking, CFTC, Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments
On February 5, the Prudential Regulators—the five federal banking regulators for swap dealers that are banks—proposed technical amendments to their margin rules for uncleared swaps. The amendments aim to harmonize the definition of Eligible Master Netting Agreement (EMNA) in the margin rules with recent changes made to the definition of “Qualifying Master Netting Agreement” (QMNA)… Continue Reading

FCA Revises List of MiFID II Position Limits

Posted in Derivatives, Financial Markets, UK Developments
The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has reviewed the bespoke position limits set for a number of commodity derivatives traded on UK venues. Following its review and as a result of strong growth in some commodity derivative contracts, the FCA has increased the limits of approximately 20 commodity derivative contracts as of February 8.… Continue Reading

CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee Releases Agenda for Upcoming Public Meeting

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has released the agenda for the Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) public meeting that will be held on January 31. The public meeting will feature four different panels, in addition to opening remarks from Rostin Behnam, MRAC Sponsor and Commissioner; J. Christopher Giancarlo, CFTC Chairman; and Brian D. Quintenz, a… Continue Reading

ESAs Publish Final Report Aiming to Align Variation Margin Rules for FX Forwards With Supervisory Guidance in Other Key Jurisdictions

Posted in Derivatives, EU Developments
On December 18, 2017, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a final report aiming to align the treatment of variation margin for physically settled foreign exchange forward transactions (FX Forwards) with supervisory guidance applicable in other key jurisdictions. The amended draft variation margin regulatory technical standards on risk mitigation techniques for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives not… Continue Reading