derivatives clearing organization

CFTC Final Regulations on Phase in Compliance with Clearing Requirements and Proposed Rule on Clearing Determination

On July 24, the CFTC approved final regulations establishing a schedule to phase in compliance with new clearing requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act. As amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Commodity Exchange Act provides that a person may not engage in a swap unless the swap is submitted for clearing to a derivatives clearing organization registered under the CEA, or is exempt from registration under the CEA. The regulations will phase in the clearing requirement based on the type of market participant entering into swaps subject to the clearing requirement. The compliance schedule identifies three categories of market participants, and allots a compliance timeframe for each based on level of activity, market experience, resources, and status as registrants with the CFTC or SEC. The CFTC also issued the first proposed clearing determination for credit default swaps and interest rate swaps. The compliance schedule will be triggered upon the final clearing determination. Final Rule Release. Final Rule. Proposed Rule Release. Proposed Rule.

CFTC Final Rule on Review of Swaps for Mandatory Clearing

On July 19, pursuant to Sections 723(a)(3) and 745(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC adopted Regulation 39.5 establishing procedures for: (i) determining the eligibility of a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) to clear swaps; (ii) the submission of swaps by a DCO to the CFTC for a mandatory clearing determination; (iii) CFTC-initiated review of swaps; and (iv) staying a clearing requirement while the clearing of a swap is reviewed. The final rule will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. CFTC Fact Sheet. CFTC Final Rule.