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Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission holds first day of hearings on role of derivatives in financial crisis
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • June 30 2010

Today, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) held the first of two days of hearings related to the role of derivatives in the financial crisis, and specifically through the prism of two companies, American International Group (AIG) and Goldman Sachs


Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation issues policy for releasing CDS data to global regulators
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • March 25 2010

On Tuesday, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) issued a policy statement regarding the release of data contained in the DTCC Trade Information Warehouse (the “Warehouse”) on virtually all of the outstanding credit default swaps (CDS) traded globally, which includes approximately “2.3 million contracts from trading counterparties located in 52 countries” and “covering credit obligations of entities located in more than 90 countries around the world.”


Federal Reserve Bank of New York hosts meeting for market participants regarding OTC commitments
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • January 20 2010

Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) held another meeting for major market participants and their international and domestic supervisors to discuss progress made in improving the infrastructure of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market


Market participants make further commitments on over-the-counter derivatives
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • March 2 2010

Yesterday, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and industry market participants, including dealers and buy-side institutions, submitted a letter to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) outlining new commitments to bring further transparency and standardization to the over-the-counter (OTC) derivates market, apply collateral management best practices and further utilize central clearing in the credit and interest rate derivatives markets


CFTC Chairman Gensler testifies on OTC derivatives markets
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • March 10 2010

Yesterday, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at a hearing regarding the regulation of over-the-counter derivatives, particularly with respect to the energy markets


Senate Agriculture Committee votes to approve derivatives bill
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • April 22 2010

Yesterday, after holding a markup this week, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved, by a 13-8 vote (with all Democrats and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley voting in favor), the Committee's draft over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives legislation that was unveiled late last week


House Agriculture Committee holds hearing on discussion draft of Financial Stability Improvement Act
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • November 18 2009

Yesterday, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to review the discussion draft of the Financial Stability Improvement Act of 2009 (the FSIA) released by the Treasury and the House Financial Services Committee in late October, which is still currently under mark-up by the House Financial Services Committee


Senate Agriculture Committee holds hearing on OTC Derivatives Reform Addressing Systemic Risk
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • December 2 2009

Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled "OTC Derivatives Reform Addressing Systemic Risk," to discuss the Obama administration’s proposal and the various Congressional proposals for reform of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market


FRBNY receives commitments from market participants to expand central clearing for OTC derivatives
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • September 9 2009

Yesterday, fifteen global over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives dealers submitted a letter to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), affirming their commitment to increase their usage of central counterparties (CCPs) for clearing and setting initial target performance levels to achieve such commitments


Senator Lincoln proposes alternate bank spinoff provision
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • USA
  • June 15 2010

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-NE), Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, who advocated for a provision in the financial regulatory reform bill that would effectively force banks to spin off their derivatives trading businesses, has released a minimal term sheet modifying this provision