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CFTC Issues Interpretive Letter Regarding Cleared Swaps Customer Collateral

The Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an interpretive letter regarding cleared swaps customer collateral requirements under Part 22 of the CFTC’s rules. The DCR interpretation addresses a number of issues with respect to which derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) and clearing member futures commission merchants (FCMs) requested clarification, including: (1) limitations on the use of cleared swaps customer collateral; (2) the use of variation margin, in particular if a DCO elects to net variation margin across an FCM’s cleared swaps customers; (3) comingling of cleared swaps customer collateral; (4) the processes by which an FCM may report to a DCO its customers’ portfolio of rights and obligations; (5) the circumstances in which a DCO may accept cleared swaps customer collateral in excess of the DCO’s initial margin requirements; and (vi) the determination of the value of cleared swaps customer collateral in the event of an FCM default. 

The DCR interpretive letter is available here.

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Kevin M. Foley, Finance Attorney, Katten Muchin law Firm
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Kevin M. Foley has extensive experience in commodities law and advises a wide range of clients, both in the United States and abroad, on compliance with the Commodity Exchange Act and the rules of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) affecting traditional exchange-traded products, as well as the over-the-counter markets involving swaps and other derivative instruments. His clients include futures commission merchants, derivatives clearing organizations, designated contract markets, foreign boards of trade and an industry trade association.

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James Brady concentrates his practice in financial services matters.

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