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CFTC offers concession on overseas swaps


Posted on June 30, 2012

Large US banks with overseas derivatives operations may be able to dodge new US swaps rules, potentially easing industry concerns that American law would apply all over the world.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, America’s top derivatives regulator, on Friday issued proposed guidance that call for foreign branches of US banks to be subject to derivatives rules in the countries in which they are located so long as the CFTC deems them comparable to US rules.

    The expected move was a concession to banks including JPMorgan Chase which had argued against the CFTC enforcing certain requirements on swaps transactions occurring overseas.

    Large US and European banks have complained about the CFTC’s implementation of derivatives rules connected to the 2010 overhaul of US financial regulations known as the Dodd-Frank Act.

    They argued that the CFTC was taking a much more aggressive approach to rein in the historically opaque market than necessary.

    Under the new guidance, if JPMorgan Chase’s London branch enters into a derivatives deal with a Goldman Sachs affiliate in London, the transaction could be governed by local rules with the CFTC’s blessing.

    The five-man commission voted unanimously to issue its proposal as guidance, rather than as a proposed rule. Standards that are issued in the form of a guidance allow the agency more flexibility in applying them to market participants.