On April 27, five industry trade associations, including the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the Global Financial Markets Association and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association published a joint letter (the Letter) to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) regarding the effective date for the commencement of the mandatory delegated reporting obligation for financial counterparties (FCs) under the EMIR Refit Regulation (EMIR Refit) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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On November 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule to amend its margin requirements for uncleared swaps for swap dealers and major swap participants for which there is no prudential regulator (CFTC Margin Rule). As a part of the Project KISS initiative, the amendments were designed to harmonize the CFTC Margin Rule with related rules that certain prudential regulators have adopted (QFC Rules).
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On September 1, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System adopted a final rule that will affect the rights of counterparties that enter into Qualified Financial Contracts (QFC) (e.g., derivatives, stock loans and repurchase agreements) with banks that have been designated as global systemically important banking organizations (GSIBs). This rule, which was proposed in 2016, would prohibit US GSIBs and their subsidiaries, and the US subsidiaries, branches, and agencies of foreign GSIBs, from entering into a QFC unless the counterparty to the contract has agreed contractually:

  • to abide by the 48-hour stay of QFC termination found in Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act and in the Federal Deposit Insurance Act;
  • to allow transfer of the QFC in the event of a resolution of its counterparty; and
  • to refrain from exercising cross-default termination rights arising from the resolution of an affiliate of its GSIB counterparty.

Continue Reading Federal Reserve Restricts Termination of Qualified Financial Contracts

On May 3, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) reviewed a draft rule proposal that would require any US bank holding company identified as a global systemically important banking organization (GSIB), its subsidiaries and the US operations of any foreign GSIB (Covered Entities) to comply with new restrictions regarding non-cleared qualified financial contracts (QFCs).The Board currently estimates that the proposed rule would apply to 29 banking organizations, including eight US holding companies and approximately 21 foreign banking organizations.
Continue Reading Federal Reserve Board Proposes Restrictions on Qualified Financial Contracts Used by Systemically Important Banking Organizations