Mr. Rosenberg is a partner in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group. [Full Bio]

After a several-year pause, the CFTC is again re-assessing its approach to cross-border regulation of swap activities. The CFTC’s current approach is embodied in various rulemakings, guidance, orders, and agreements with non-U.S. regulators that have been adopted, issued, and entered into since 2013. The CFTC has, over the past several
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Our public memorandum here describes the notice of proposed rulemaking published by the CFTC on June 12, 2018 that would make permanent the $8 billion temporary swap dealer de minimis registration threshold currently in effect and would make other changes to the de minimis exception.

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The Federal Reserve last week released the results of its 2018 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review  (CCAR).  We have analyzed the 2018 CCAR results, along with the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test results published the previous week, and have prepared a graphical summary available here.  As our summary shows, on
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CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo and CFTC Chief Economist Bruce Tuckman released a White Paper on April 26, 2018 that reflects the authors’ personal views on the need for swaps regulatory reforms in the United States in five key areas:

  1. swap execution on swap execution facilities (“SEFs”);
  2. trade


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Market participants are undertaking significant work to prepare for a transition away from LIBOR. This publication focuses on the legal framework and other issues related to fallback language. To give a more tangible sense of what may be at stake and the efforts required to transition, it provides in-depth analyses
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The Senate passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S.2155) on March 14 by a filibuster-proof vote of 67 – 31.  The Senate bill still must pass the House, where Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and other representatives have said they plan to propose a series of amendments
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The Senate has passed the Bipartisan Banking Bill, which would raise the generally applicable statutory threshold for most enhanced prudential standards (EPS) from $50 billion to $250 billion in total consolidated assets and would provide other targeted relief to regional and community banks.  It would also make a
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For the first time, the CFTC has fined a company for poor cybersecurity practices that resulted in a third-party breach of the company’s information systems.  This development is consistent with an increasing trend of regulators holding companies responsible for the cybersecurity failures of third-party service providers.

AMP Global Clearing LLC
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In his recent speech that we have covered in a series of blog posts, Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Randal Quarles announced that he would like the Federal Reserve to achieve “meaningful simplification of our framework of loss absorbency requirements,” referring to both the Federal Reserve’s capital and
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The Financial Stability Board, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and International Organization of Securities Commissions announced late last week a survey focusing on the effects of post-crisis regulatory reforms on incentives to centrally clear over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.

The G20 agreed in 2009 to promote
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