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Gensler Urges Fast Action on Cross-Border Derivatives

Gary Gensler, Chairman of the CFTC, told members of the Senate Appropriations committee that the CFTC would let the extension expire and continue reformation. He also mentioned that swap participants, including big banks, would comply with the regulations. An exemption from cross-border swap regulation is set to expire on June 12th, meaning firms participating in swaps would have to finalize compliance by that date.

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Stephen O'Connor

Stephen O’Connor Leaves Morgan Stanley to Become Full-Time ISDA Chairman

With this new position, O’Connor will have hands-on involvement in driving ISDA’s strategic initiatives. The pace and scope of those initiatives continues to increase given global regulatory reform and the continued evolution of the financial markets and the OTC derivatives business. To address these needs, the decision was made to appoint a full-time chairman who could devote more time and energy to directing and leading the Association.


CFTC Announces Mandatory Clearing of Swaps

Today, the CFTC announced today that swap dealers, major swap participants, and private funds active in the swaps market, are required to begin clearing certain index credit default swaps (CDS) and interest rate swaps that they entered into on, or after March 11, 2013.

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CFTC Announces Revised Compliance Schedule for Required Clearing

TThe CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) announced today a revised compliance schedule for required clearing of iTraxx CDS Indices. The CFTC received notice from ICE Clear Credit LLC that it has begun offering customer clearing of the iTraxx CDS indices that are subject to the clearing requirement of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA).