On June 27, 2016, the CFTC approved a final rule that amends existing swap reporting regulations to provide additional clarity to swap counterparties and registered entities regarding their reporting obligations for cleared swap transactions and to improve the efficiency of data collection and maintenance associated with the reporting of the swaps involved in cleared swap transactions.

The final rule removes uncertainty as to which counterparty to a swap is responsible for reporting creation and continuation data for each of the various components of a cleared swap transaction. For example, it clarifies whose obligation it is to report the extinguishment of a swap upon its acceptance by a derivatives clearing organization for clearing. The CFTC anticipates that the rule will have a number of other benefits, including a reduced likelihood of double counting notional exposures and an improved ability to trace the history of a cleared swap transaction from execution between the original counterparties to clearing novation. The rule was published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2016, and will become effective 180 days from the date of publication.

The final rule is available at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-27/pdf/2016-14414.pdf