Proposed Rules

CFTC Proposed Rules on Identification of Futures and Swaps Participants

On June 28, the CFTC issued proposed rules to enhance its identification of participants in futures and swaps markets regulated by the CFTC. The proposed rules will also automate the CFTC’s existing position and transaction reporting programs by requiring electronic submission of trader identification and market participant data. Comments must be submitted within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register. CFTC Release.

Fed Proposed Rules for Reserve Banks and Depository Institutions

On October 11, the Fed proposed rules to amend Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions) and Regulation J (Collection of Checks and Other Items by Federal Reserve Banks and Funds Transfers through Fedwire). The proposed rules are intended to simplify the administration of reserve requirements and reduce administrative and operational costs for depository institutions and Reserve Banks. Comments must be submitted within 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Fed Release. Proposed Amendment to Reg D. Proposed Amendment to Reg J.

CFTC Proposed Rule on Protection of Cleared Swaps Customer Contracts and Collateral

On April 27, pursuant to Section 724(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC proposed rules concerning the protection of cleared swaps and associated collateral of futures commission merchants (FCM) customers. Among other items, the rules: (i) parallel the regulations governing the account in which FCMs currently hold futures customer collateral pre-bankruptcy and (ii) contain analysis of the costs and benefits of the four models of protection being considered, as described in the ANPR issued by the CFTC on November 19, 2010. CFTC Fact Sheet. CFTC ANPR. CFTC Proposed Rule.

SEC Proposed Clearing Agency Standards for Operations and Governance

On March 3, the SEC proposed rules, as required under the Dodd-Frank Act, regarding the operation and governance of clearing agencies. Under the proposed rules, clearing agencies would be required to: (i) maintain standards with respect to risk management and operations; (ii) have adequate safeguards and procedures to protect the confidentiality of trading information; (iii) have procedures to identify and address conflicts of interest; (iv) require minimum governance standards for their boards of directors; (v) designate a chief compliance officer; and (vi) disseminate pricing and valuation information if they are a central counterparty for security-based swaps. The SEC also reopened the public comment period for rules proposed in October to mitigate conflicts of interest for security-based swap clearing agencies and execution facilities and national securities exchanges that post or make available for trading security-based swaps. Comments on the proposed rules must be submitted by April 29. SEC Release. SEC Proposed Rule. SEC Proposed October Rules.

CFTC and SEC Propose Rules for Swaps and Security-Based Swaps

On December 7, in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC and the SEC proposed rules and interpretative guidance under the Commodity Exchange Act to further define the terms “swap dealer”, “security-based swap dealer”, “major swap participant”, “major security-based swap participant” and “eligible contract participant”. Comments must be submitted within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register. SEC Release.