CFTC Adopts Uncleared Swaps Margin Rules

On December 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) adopted final rules to impose margin requirements on uncleared swaps entered into by swap dealers and major swap participants subject to CFTC regulation, referred to as “Covered Swap Entities” or “CSEs” in the rules. The CFTC also adopted an interim final rule to exclude from the requirements most uncleared swaps that swap entities enter into with commercial end users, financial institutions with $10 billion or less in total assets, and certain other entities consistent with the requirements of the Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2015.

The CFTC’s regulations are largely the same as the rules and interim final rule adopted by the Prudential Regulators (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Farm Credit Administration and the Federal Housing Finance Agency) in October 2015 for swap entities subject to their supervision, with a few important differences noted below. The CFTC’s and Prudential Regulators’ rules will significantly impact the economics of the swaps market. Both sets of rules become effective on April 1, 2016, with a compliance schedule discussed below. The CFTC’s final rules are available here, while the Prudential Regulators’ final rules and interim final rule have been published in the Federal Register.

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