On November 9, 2020, we released our deck “Financial Services Regulatory Reform in the Biden Administration: Key Areas of Focus.” This deck describes our view of the road ahead for financial regulatory reform under a Biden Presidency and a Republican Senate.  We see most of the action coming from the
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The CFTC last week formally withdrew its controversial Proposed Regulation Automated Trading (Proposed Reg AT) and—consistent with Chairman Tarbert’s principles-based approach to regulation—proposed in its place new electronic trading risk principles (the Risk Principles) for designated contract markets (DCMs).  The CFTC’s new approach is likely to be welcomed by
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The CFTC unanimously approved final interpretive guidance describing what constitutes “actual delivery” of a virtual currency for purposes of the actual delivery exception from the provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act that prohibit any leveraged, margined, or financed transaction in a commodity with a retail customer, unless the transaction is
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The CFTC today joined other U.S. financial regulators in providing COVID-19 related relief from certain regulatory requirements. This relief is designed to help CFTC-registered swap dealers, futures commission merchants (FCMs), introducing brokers, swap execution facilities (SEFs), designated contract markets (DCMs) and other market participants
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On December 18, 2019, the CFTC proposed rules that would modify and codify the cross-border application of certain of its Title VII swap rules to both U.S. and non-U.S. registered swap dealers and major swap participants.  Among other changes, these proposed rules would revise (1) which cross-border swaps must be
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On December 10, 2019, the CFTC reopened the comment period for the proposed capital requirements for swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) that are not subject to the capital rules of a prudential regulator (together, Covered Swap Entities).  These rules are the last
Continue Reading The Last Piece of the Puzzle: CFTC Reopens Comment Period for Capital Requirements and Proposes Amendments to Inter-Affiliate Swap Clearing Exemption

As we enter the new year, we have updated our roster of federal financial regulatory leadership, including announced nominations, confirmations, resignations and expiring terms.  The first slide summarizes the state of play for the agencies’ principals; the later slides provide a deeper look on an agency-by-agency basis, including select senior
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Financial services regulatory reform will continue to be active in 2020, with developments percolating in all three branches of government.  As we observe the changing landscape, here is the 2020 Vision Edition of our reference tool, which provides context and summarizes current developments across a range of key regulatory areas,
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The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (“DSIO”) issued an advisory on December 4, 2019 to provide further guidance regarding the preparation and submission of chief compliance officer (“CCO”) annual compliance reports (“CCO Annual Reports”) for swap dealers (“SDs”), futures
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In an article in the ABA’s Business Law Today, partner Meg Tahyar expresses concern about a recent trend in which the role of banks’ legal staffs has been constrained and reduced as separate risk and compliance functions have grown in prominence. She says this is the opposite of the trend
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