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MFA Submits Letter to ESAs on EMIR Risk Mitigation Regulatory Technical Standards

Posted on July 15, 2014

MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) on their joint consultation paper on “Draft regulatory technical standards on risk-mitigation techniques for OTC-derivative contracts not cleared by a CCP” related to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).   In the letter, among other things, MFA requests that the ESAs: (1) require financial counterparties and non-financial counterparties over the clearing threshold to post as well as collect variation margin; (2) clarity that the requirements related to daily collection and calculation of initial margin (IM) do not require calculations or collections to take place intraday or more than once a day; (3) require that the model used to calculate IM requirements be transparent, replicable, and predictable; (4) not to apply the proposed concentration limits for posted collateral to high quality government debt (e.g., debt instruments of G-7 countries ); and (5) not require counterparties to obtain legal opinions verifying that their segregation arrangements meet the proposed requirements.  In the letter, MFA also expressed concerns regarding certain issues that may arise with respect to the proposed requirements due to interpretational issues under Article 13 of EMIR in respect of what it means for an entity to be “established” in a third country.

Read the letter here, and for more comment letters on this and other issues visit MFA’s Comment Letter Database.