Financial Regulation

Court Rejects Conflict Minerals Rule No One Could Obey

August 28, 2015

BY ELLEN ROSEN, BLOOMBERG NEWS The court case over the so-called conflict minerals rule has been an academic exercise in at least one sense. The rule, which requires companies to disclose whether any of their products contain components from strife-ridden areas of Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was

Commodity Groups Required to Clear Trades Surge in ESMA Plan

August 21, 2015

BY MATTHEW CARR, BLOOMBERG NEWS The number of groups in the “commodity and other” category breaching the threshold requiring them to clear trades would jump to 34 from 12 under a proposed change to financial regulations, according to the European Securities & Markets Authority. The European Commission should revisit current

CFTC Delays Overseas Derivatives Trading Rules

August 14, 2015

BY SILLA BRUSH AND GREG SULLIVAN, BLOOMBERG NEWS The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission delayed for a fifth time a policy that clamps down on banks’ overseas derivatives trades. The delay in imposing the regulation, which subjects derivatives transactions set up in the U.S. but held in overseas divisions to

Iosco Finds Progress in Derivatives Market Policy Across 20 Jurisdictions

July 31, 2015

The International Organization of Securities Commissions found that jurisdictions have made “significant” progress in adopting legislation, regulation and/or policy regarding derivative market intermediaries (DMIs). Many of the 20 jurisdictions reviewed, including the U.S., Canada and Singapore, are in the process of amending their regimes regarding DMIs and other derivatives-related activities, according

Most EU Authorities Have Signed Agreements With Foreign Jurisdictions on AIFMD

July 24, 2015

Almost half of the 31 European Economic Area regulators have signed memorandums of understanding on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive with all of the 44 key jurisdictions under review, according to a European Securities and Markets Authority MOU document updated on Feb. 18, 2015. — Melissa Karsh and Ian

Banks’ Swaps May Come Back Onshore Under U.S. CFTC Plan

July 17, 2015

BY NATHAN DEAN & SARAH JANE MAHMUD, BLOOMBERG INTELLIGENCE The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s June 29 proposal on cross-border swaps margin requirements may signal the regulator’s intent to move quickly to finalize the rule. The CFTC originally intended to complete an all-encompassing margin rule by March and delayed it

Banks Least Ready for Quantitative Risk-Taking Under Volcker, Says PwC’s Scarpati

July 17, 2015

Chris Scarpati, principal inPwC‘s Financial Services Advisory Practice, told Bloomberg Brief’s Melissa Karsh that as the Volcker Rule’s July 21 compliance deadline approaches banks are least prepared to justify risk-taking quantitatively, and are most prepared for trading-desk level compliance. His comments were edited and condensed. Click here to read the

SEC Takes Action on Dodd-Frank Ahead of Anniversary

July 17, 2015

BY MELISSA KARSH, BLOOMBERG BRIEF EDITOR   The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has now adopted 61 mandatory Dodd-Frank Act rulemaking provisions, including those regarding private funds, clearinghouses, credit rating agencies and municipal securities advisers, according to a summary posted on the regulator’s website Thursday. The announcement comes less than

Number of Subsidiaries at Big U.S. Banks Hasn’t Fallen Much

July 10, 2015

  Big U.S. banks have said they’re smoothing the way for orderly resolution by reorganizing relations between core units that together encompass most of their business. Still, they haven’t made much progress paring their total number of subsidiaries — a sign that they’d still be difficult to resolve in a

Cyber-Risk Is ‘Next Black Swan,’ Uneven Across the Globe, Says Iosco’s Medcraft

July 2, 2015

Cyber-risk is “probably the next black swan,” says Greg Medcraft, chairman of the International Organization of Securities Commissions and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. Medcraft spoke to Bloomberg News reporters and editors June 25 in New York. His comments were edited and condensed. Click here to view the full interview