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December 5, 2012
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The Future of Derivatives Clearing -- Part 1
Regulatory reform efforts and market trends indicate clearing is set to become an even more integral part of the structure of financial markets.

In Part 1 of this Special Update, we look at the regulatory landscape as it pertains to clearing and share legal analyses from some of the best law firms in the financial services industry. We also bring you a progress report on Dodd-Frank rulemakings.

Part 2 of this Special Update, scheduled to hit your inbox tomorrow, will review market trends related to clearing. We will also bring you an exclusive Q-and-A with William A. Coppel, managing director and chief client growth officer for First Clearing Correspondent Services.
  From SIFMA 
  • Derivatives play an important role in capital markets and the broader economy. Companies in every state use derivatives to protect against many types of risk that are inherent in their businesses. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, Congress sought to strengthen regulatory oversight of derivatives through the Dodd-Frank Act, due to their important role in the markets.

    While SIFMA believes that Dodd-Frank took several important steps with respect to improving transparency in derivatives markets, in some respects the Act goes too far and could limit the availability and/or increase the cost of these valuable risk-management tools for American business, agriculture, and state and local governments. The Act establishes a broad, new regulatory regime that requires numerous rulemakings that are likely to have profound effects on the market, including provisions governing swap dealers, major swap participants and end-users such as manufacturers, financial institutions, and agricultural concerns.

    SIFMA is working with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other regulators that are undertaking rulemakings to implement the derivatives-related provisions of the Act. SIFMA remains committed to educating legislators, regulators and others about the types and uses of derivatives, as well as the integral role they play in our economy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • CFTC sets clearing rule for swaps dealers
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a rule to require Wall Street's largest swaps dealers to guarantee certain swaps at clearinghouses beginning in March. The rule outlines which interest-rate and credit default swaps must be processed through a clearinghouse. "Central clearing lowers the risk of the highly interconnected financial system," CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler said. "It also democratizes the market by eliminating the need for market participants to individually determine counterparty credit risk, as now clearinghouses stand between buyers and sellers." Bloomberg (11/29), (11/28), International Financing Review (free content)/Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dodd-Frank foreign-exchange exemption praised by industry
    The U.S Treasury's decision to exempt foreign-exchange forwards and swaps from the Dodd-Frank Act's clearing and exchange trading rules has been applauded by the investment community. Regulators concluded that Dodd-Frank's objectives were fully implemented by procedures already being followed by the industry. The Trade News (U.K.) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EU's OTC clearing mandates will take time, U.K. official says
    A Bank of England official says it is unlikely that the first clearing mandates for over-the-counter derivatives will be in effect in Europe before August, given necessary regulatory and legislative steps. "At that point, it is possible there will be [central counterparties] that have been authorized and that [the European Securities and Markets Authority] will pretty quickly, or around the same time, confirm that the central-clearing mandate applies for some or all of the products those CCPs clear," said Edwin Schooling Latter, head of payments and infrastructure at the U.K. central bank. (subscription required) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BoE official warns CCPs against risk and margin secrecy
    Central counterparties' refusal to detail risk and margin models on the grounds of proprietary information cannot be justified, Edwin Schooling Latter, head of payments and infrastructure at the Bank of England, said at the OTC Derivatives Clearing Summit Europe. Citing the entry of small derivatives users, Schooling Latter said, "Not every client can be on the risk committee. Not every client can attend board discussions on segregation. So it is very important those that can't are able to benefit from full and appropriate disclosure by the CCP on how it is managing its risks." (subscription required) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BoE official questions estimate of needed collateral
    An industry report that estimated that up to $30 trillion will need to be set aside for collateral because of central clearing of over-the-counter derivatives is overblown, says Edwin Schooling Latter of the Bank of England. "It's important to remember that there is a lot of high-quality collateral available and the amount of it is not numerically decreasing, but actually increasing," Schooling Latter said. (subscription required) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  White papers and legal analyses 
  • The Clearing Debate
    Behind the G-20 commitments on the financial markets is the belief that some of the key dangers arising from the collapse of Lehman Brothers could be laid at the door of the bilateral, over-the-counter market in derivatives. In short, it is believed that the lack of centralized clearing for the considerable number of OTC derivatives contributed to the instability of the time. Concerns about the OTC derivatives market arose because of the fragmented nature of trading in this market, the fact that it was decentralized which made positions difficult to assess and that those bilateral exposures were often inadequately collateralized. In addition, the bilateral nature of the market led to the possibility of default cascades. Download the white paper from Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OTC Derivative Clearing: A look at the regulatory landscape and advice for policymakers
    The nature and timing of many vital regulations will be clarified in 2012-13, including Dodd-Frank, CPSS-IOSCO, Basel III and EMIR. These regulations and the responses to them will determine whether central clearing remains a credible and beneficial near-term goal at the scale currently envisaged. Policymakers' choices on the detail of regulation will be vital, and these choices are, by their nature, complex. Oliver Wyman offers perspectives on the regulatory landscape and considerations for policymakers. Download the white paper from Oliver Wyman. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  More Resources 
  • Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Progress Report -- December 2012
    As of Dec. 3, 2012, a total of 237 Dodd-Frank rulemaking requirement deadlines have passed. Of these, 144 (61%) have been missed and 93 (39%) have been met with finalized rules. In addition, 133 (33.4%) of the 398 total required rulemakings have been finalized, while 132 (33.2%) rulemaking requirements have not yet been proposed. Although no rulemaking requirements were met in November, there was a flurry of regulatory activity in the form of no-action relief and other guidance, particularly by the CFTC with regards to Title VII implementation. Download the full progress report from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Upcoming Events 
  • IOSCO Secretary-General David Wright to speak at SIFMA/GFMA LEI Seminar -- Dec. 11 -- NYC
    SIFMA and GFMA are partnering to present the "Implementing a Global LEI Framework -- Ready. Set. Go." Join IOSCO Secretary-General David Wright, U.S. Treasury representatives, and financial services leaders as they address preparation for the December LEI deadline in the U.S. and the future of the global LEI standard. Don't miss your chance to learn more about the impact these regulations and processes will have on your firms starting this month! Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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