On March 14, 2016, the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter extending the time period for relief from the requirement in CFTC Regulation 37.6 that a SEF obtain documents incorporated by reference in a trade confirmation issued by the SEF prior to issuing the confirmation. SEFs are also relieved from the requirement in CFTC Regulations 37.1000, 37.1001 and 45.2(a) to maintain such documents as records. Finally, the no-action letter states that SEFs are relieved from the requirement in CFTC Regulation 45.3(a) to report confirmation data contained in the documents incorporated by reference in a confirmation.
The letter extends the relief previously provided in CFTC Staff Letter 15-25, which expires on March 31, 2016. The letter extends relief to the earlier of: (i) 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) March 31, 2017 or (ii) the effective date of revised CFTC regulations that establish a permanent solution to the confirmation matters raised by the current regulations. The relief is subject to terms and conditions in the letter.
A SEF must continue to report all swap data that the SEF is reporting as of the time of the issuance of the letter, as required by part 45 of the CFTC’s regulations, even if such data is contained in the documents that the SEF incorporates by reference in a confirmation.
The CFTC press release is available at: http://www.cftc.gov/PressRoom/PressReleases/pr7339-16.
CFTC Staff Letter 16-25 is available at: http://www.cftc.gov/idc/groups/public/@lrlettergeneral/documents/letter/16- 25.pdf.
CFTC Staff Letter 15-25 is available at: http://www.cftc.gov/idc/groups/public/@lrlettergeneral/documents/letter/15- 25.pdf.