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CSDR SDR in lockdown

ESMA has confirmed its intention to extend its delay of the CSDR’s Settlement Discipline Regime (SDR) until February 2022. An initial delay from the 13 September 2020 until 1 February 2021 was awaiting non-objection by the Parliament and Council to an earlier “Final” Report. This will now be superseded by a Final(er) Report on postponing […]

COVID-19 Regulatory update no. 6

Welcome to the sixth in our COVID-19 Regulatory update. Another relatively quiet period for COVID-19 related regulatory initiatives. With this in mind, forthcoming updates will be published on a fortnightly basis, or as and when sufficiently significant announcements are released.  

COVID-19 Regulatory update no. 5

Welcome to the fifth in our weekly COVID-19 Regulatory update. A relatively quiet week in terms of new COVID-19 related regulation. The FCA has announced that it will be sending out weekly updates on COVID-19 for those interested, as well as clarifying the scope of SM&CR.

COVID-19 Regulatory update no. 3

Welcome to the third in our weekly COVID-19 Regulatory update series. Another significant week for COVID-19 financial regulation- BCBS announced the deferral of Basel III implementation and on Friday evening issued a 1 year extension to the IM Phases 5 and 6 deadlines.

IM deferred by 1 year

On 3 April 2020 BCBS and IOSCO announced a one year extension to IM Phases 5 and 6. Accordingly, the revised Phase 5 deadline is 1 September 2021, Phase 6 is 1 September 2022. AANA calculation periods for each phase will also be extended by one year.   AANA Period (EU) Threshold Deadline Phase 5 […]

ISDA appeals IM

ISDA and 21 other Trade Associations (collectively “ISDA”) yesterday submitted a letter to regulators requesting a suspension of the IM Phase 5 and 6 deadlines, pending COVID-19 clarity. The letter also suggests that when and if new deadlines are set, “sufficient lead time be provided”.  The letter is supplemented by an article by Scott O’Malia, […]

EC says IM full speed ahead

Risk magazine (subscription) reports an email statement from Patrick Pearson, head of the financial market infrastructure and derivatives unit at the EC, that there are no plans to delay Phases 5 and 6 of IM. “The amendments to the current regulatory technical standard on margins to implement the internationally agreed timeframe are currently in the […]

CFTC confirms Libor Relief

At the request of the ARRC, the CFTC has today announced comprehensive relief to swap dealers and other market participants as they make the transition from swaps that reference LIBOR and other “Impaired Reference Rates” to those that reference alternative benchmarks. The relief comprises no-action letters from each of the Commission’s main divisions, broadly covering […]

EU finally confirms intent to IM mitigate

In the Regulatory equivalent of a pair of socks- necessary, entirely expected, but still welcome; the ESAs have today delivered an early Christmas present to Heads of Compliance in a draft Revised RTS echoing the July 2019 BCBS/IOSCO IM mitigation. Initial Margin          A revised article 36(1) instantiates the BCBS/IOSCO recommended bifurcation into two remaining IM […]

Margin Xchange…we hardly knew you

Highlander 1986, “There can be only one!” or for a younger generation, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or die”. Risk magazine reports that MarginXchange (MX) has retired from the fray, leaving an open (if depleted) field for its erstwhile rival ISDACreate (IC). MX was established by the triumvirate of Allen & Overy, […]

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