Shearman & Sterling Discusses Derivatives Regulation Under Trump

How will derivatives regulation change in the Trump Administration? During the campaign and since the election, President-elect Trump and his advisors, as well as key Congressional Republicans and other market participants, have suggested that aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), should be rolled back, or even repealed outright. Derivatives regulation, however, has not been the focus of much of the discussion around financial regulation more generally, and some market participants have suggested that it would not necessarily be feasible or desirable to roll back the Dodd-Frank reforms completely. It will likely be some time … Read more

Shearman & Sterling explains SEC Moving Closer to Registration of Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap Participants

On August 5, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) took several incremental steps toward completing its regulatory framework for security‑based swap dealers and majority security‑based swap participants (“SBS Entities”). The SEC unanimously adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) providing the registration process for SBS Entities, including the detailed forms that registrants will be required to file.[1] The SEC also voted 3‑2 to propose rules to establish a process for an SBS Entity to apply for permission to continue to have associated persons for security‑based swap activity that are subject to statutory disqualification (the “Disqualification Waiver Process”).

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Shearman & Sterling discusses Basel III Framework: The Credit Valuation Adjustment (CVA) Charge for OTC Derivative Trades

The credit valuation adjustment charge in Basel III appears, at first glance, to be the preserve of quantitative analysts and the like. However, while complex, the CVA charge requires more widespread attention as it materially increases the required capital for OTC derivative trading activities and is driving significant change in that sector. The divergence between the US and EU approaches to the adoption of the CVA charge highlights how the Basel standards have been interpreted differently in this important area, creating uncertainty and opportunities for arbitrage. 

Two-thirds of counterparty credit losses in the financial crisis were suffered not as a

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