The CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are conducting a joint study on swap regulation and clearinghouse regulation in the United States, Asia and Europe as required under Dodd-Frank. The goal of the study is to determine similar areas of regulation that could be harmonized, identify each region’s major market participants and describe the major contracts, and swap clearing methods and systems used for setting margin in each geographic area. These agencies must report their findings to Congress on or before January 23, 2012. In furtherance of this study, the agencies have published a request for public comment regarding these issues. All comments must be received on or before September 26, 2011. A copy of the complete notice as published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2011, which includes instructions on how to submit comments and a comprehensive outline of topics for which the CFTC and SEC are seeking comment, can be obtained by clicking here.