Various federal agencies recently issued a request for information (RFI) which seeks insight into the financial industry's use of AI in the provision of financial services to customers and appropriate AI governance, risk management and controls. The RFI reflects the federal agencies' increasing interest in AI, particularly regarding the risks that it poses to consumers and the safety and soundness of financial institutions.
The Federal Reserve Board recently published guidance for examiners on how to assess a supervised firm's progress in its transition away from the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). This article summarises the notable features of this guidance. Firms should allocate adequate attention and resources to the effective design, implementation and execution of their LIBOR transition plans
The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is being phased out and replaced by risk-free rates globally. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently issued a self-assessment tool to help national banks, federal savings associations and federal branches and agencies of foreign banking organisations evaluate their preparedness for LIBOR's expected cessation.
In 2020 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance and adopted amendments to its rules and forms, including Form 20-F, to modernise and simplify disclosure requirements. Registrants should consider the guidance on key performance indicators and management discussion and analysis disclosure, and the related amendments, when preparing Form 20-F. For companies with a calendar year end, Form 20-F must be filed with the SEC by 30 April 2021.
It is time for foreign private issuers to prepare their annual reports on Form 20-F. For companies with a calendar year end, Form 20-F must be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by 30 April 2021. This article discusses the developments, trends and topics that may be the SEC's areas of focus during the 2021 review process.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final rule which requires US and foreign resource extraction issuers to disclose any payments made to the US federal government or foreign governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals. The new rule follows the SEC's effort in 2018 to modernise its disclosure requirements for mining company issuers.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has adopted a final rule to prohibit the controversial practice of post-trade name give-up for swaps that are executed anonymously through a swap execution facility and are intended to be cleared. Although the CFTC rejected requests for various exceptions to the prohibition, it did include an exception for package transactions which include a component transaction that is not a swap intended to be cleared.
The Securities Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced the details of an examination initiative specifically focused on London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) preparedness. The OCIE has previously identified LIBOR preparedness of registrants as a key examination priority for 2020, but the latest announcement offers specific insights into what information examiners will be seeking from registrants.
The Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) recently published best practices for completing the financial industry's transition away from the US dollar London Interbank Offered Rate (USD LIBOR). With 19 months remaining before the anticipated cessation of USD LIBOR at the end of 2021, the ARRC's recommendations should provide market participants with further guidance as they continue to prepare for the transition.
As the markets continue to react to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trading prices of many corporate loans and bonds have fallen dramatically. As a result, many companies (or their private equity sponsors) are looking at repurchasing their debt at a discount. In addition, many companies are concerned that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will result in covenant breaches or other defaults and are engaging in discussions with their lenders and investors to obtain needed modifications to their debt agreements.
The Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) recently unveiled its 2020 objectives for facilitating the industry's transition away from the US dollar London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate. These goals and projected timelines build on the ARRC's previous transitioning work and aim to account for both the impact of COVID-19 on financial markets and the expectation that LIBOR will still be discontinued at the end of 2021.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently issued three no-action letters providing relief for swap transactions (and amendments to swap transactions) in connection with the expected market transition from using the London Interbank Offered Rate and other interbank offered rates. The approach is consistent with an increasing focus at the CFTC and other regulators on facilitating an orderly transition to alternative rates.
The Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation recently announced that they will stop accepting London Interbank Offered Rate-indexed adjustable-rate mortgages by the end of 2020. Additionally, the two government sponsored agencies announced that they will soon accept mortgages tied to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate later in 2020.
As a further step towards the implementation of its security-based swap regime, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a number of long-awaited capital, margin and segregation requirements for security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants. The SEC's final rules address one of the key remaining questions required to implement the security-based swap regime: which capital and margin requirements will apply to non-bank dealers?
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to take steps towards the implementation of its security-based swap (SBS) dealer registration framework. In a recent proposal, the SEC has sought to address certain questions as to the cross-border implementation of its SBS regime and, in some cases, to further harmonise its regulations with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's swaps regulatory framework.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed a series of changes to its general regulations governing derivatives clearing organisations (DCOs). While the proposed amendments intend to (among other things) enhance certain risk management and reporting obligations, many of them would require significant changes to current practice and impose new obligations on DCOs and their clearing members.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed the first instalment of a series of amendments to its rules relating to swap data repositories and the reporting of swap data. The proposed amendments, which would affect Parts 23, 43, 45 and 49 of the CFTC's regulations, implement the CFTC's Roadmap to Achieve High Quality Swaps Data and are intended to improve the quality and accuracy of data available to the CFTC and the public and to streamline data reporting.
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association recently published proposed amendments to its 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions relating to narrowly tailored credit events. The proposal comes in the wake of concerns raised by market participants over certain failure to pay credit events, or claimed failure to pay credit events – in particular, the 2017 agreement by Hovnanian Enterprises to default on an interest payment to an affiliate in order to obtain favourable refinancing terms from GSO Partners.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently published the 2019 examination priorities for its three divisions. This marks the first time that the agency has published its divisions' examination priorities, which serves as part of the CFTC's efforts to advance its Project KISS (which stands for 'Keep It Simple, Stupid') initiative and demonstrates areas that the divisions view as particularly important to self-regulation in US derivatives markets for the coming year.
Towards the end of 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed significant revisions to the framework governing swap trading through swap execution facilities and designated contract markets. Many of these amendments are in line with recommendations contained in CFTC Chair J Christopher Giancarlo's white paper on swaps regulation reform. The proposed changes are intended to reflect developments in the swaps markets since the CFTC's implementation of its current regulations.