MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits Letter to ESMA on Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives08.05.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) in response to its Consultation Paper on “Draft Technical […]

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Topics: European Securities and Markets Authority ESMA, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, CCP, trade repositories, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, OTC derivatives transactions, central counterparty, EMIR, central clearing, systemic risk, transparency, collateral, segregation, regulatory technical standards, straight-through processing, OTC derivatives market, market participants, Dealer, portability, client protections, contractual relationship, clearing member, CPSS-IOSCO, CPSS-IOSCO standards, CCP governing bodies, margin valuation, margin, risk management, risk management framework, conflicts of interest, fiduciary duty, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, proprietary trading tools, risk committee, derivatives contracts, derivatives, risk profile, interlocking governance arrangements, trading venues, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, internal controls, over-collateralization, in-the-money swap, "delta" hedge, swaps, credit default swap, CDS, negative correlation, capital, trading costs, credit risk, indirect clearing, non-linear products, Europe, European Union, EU, administrator, omnibus account, default, principal basis, agency basis, gross basis, net basis, LCH Clearnet, indirect client, direct client, close-out, extraterritorial application of EMIR, extraterritoriality, risk mitigation, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Asia, regulatory arbitrage, Regulators, counterparty risk, duplicative regulation, mutual recognition, third country regime, interpretive guidance, Cross-Border, index, foreign exchange, Euro, currency, interest rate derivatives, EU Member State, non-cleared OTC derivatives, compliance, default fund, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression, self-regulatory organization, SRO, swap dealers, major swap participants, Derivative Contracts, bilateral non-cleared OTC derivatives transactions, execution, hedging, upfront payment, floating rate payment, coupon, maturity, bespoke non-cleared trades, security-based swaps, debt-security based swaps, total return swaps, settlement prices, Proprietary Trading Strategy, public disclosure, confidence interval, margin requirements, financial instrument, posted collateral, interest rate swaps, Stan Ivanov, Lee Underwood, variation margin, initial margin, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel III, liquidation horizons, bilateral counterparty credit risk, netting, transaction fees, liquidity fragmentation, affiliated market participants, money market instruments, credit institutions, stress testing, back testing,

MFA Submits Letter to ESMA on Straight-Through-Processing08.05.12


On August 5, MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to advocate for the […]

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Topics: ESMA European Securities and Markets Authority, OTC derivatives, CCP, trade repositories, straight-through processing, regulatory technical standards, EMIR, over-the-counter derivatives, derivatives, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, OTC derivatives transactions, central counterparty, systemic risk, counterparty credit risk, credit risk, market access, efficiency, operational market processes, clearing, execution, executing counterparty, market participants, clearing obligation, documentation, clearing member, interest rate swap, credit default swap, CDS, CME, Chicago mercantile exchange, alternative liquidity providers, liquidity, risk, electronic trading, bilateral derivatives transactions, bilateral master agreements, risk management, real-time processing, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, execution platform, Allocations, cost-benefit analysis, European Union, EU, ESMA Task Forces, transparency, OTC Derivatives Task Force, CCP Requirements Task Force, Trade Repositories Task Force, derivatives transactions, international harmonization of regulations, Financial Stability Board, FSB, European Commission, delegated acts, customer clearing documentation, directive, due diligence, operational risk, Court of Justice of the European Union, Continental Cans, EU Member State, Commission v. Council ERTA, financial stability, Christopher Seagon v. Deko Marty Belgium NV, clearing agreement, financial system, United States, Dodd-Frank Act, real-time acceptance, competition, settlement, liquidity fragmentation, central limit order books, International Swaps and Dealers Association, ISDA, bid-ask spread, limit check, trading venues, credit intermediation, derivatives markets, bilateral risk management, volatility, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, swap dealer, Major Swap Participant, dealer-to-dealer clearing, dealer-to-customer platforms, mandatory clearing, clearinghouse, bilateral credit agreement, bilateral market, competitive liquidity, block transactions, investment managers, breakage, Futures Industry Association, FIA, trading desk, anti-competitive effects, ICE energy swaps, ICE Clear Credit LLC, LCH Clearnet, clearing acceptance process, trilateral documentation, designation notice, Managed Funds Association, bundled trade, futures, futures market, credit limit order bookc, credit limit, interconnectedness, dealers, real economy, pension fund, endowments, institutional investors, Liquidity Providers, trilateral clearing agreements, energy derivatives, technical standards, voice execution, matched transactions, direct clearing members, credit limits, risk-based, latency, transaction capture facility, anti-competitive restrictions, aggregate limit, underlying clients,

MFA Submits Amicus Brief on Issue of Creditor Coordination06.29.12


On June 29, MFA filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit en banc review of the CompuCredit case.  At […]

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Topics: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Compucredit Holdings Corporation v. Akanthos Capital Management LLC, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, Moses Silverman, Aidan Synnott, Daniel Crane, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Edward Altman, Brendy Kuehne, New York University Salomon Center, Stern School of Business, John Coffee Jr., William Klein, Conrad Duberstein, Tomotaka Fujita, Marcel Kahan, corporate bonds, Michael MacKenzie, Nicole Bullock, Glenn Merrick, Ali Stoeppelwerth, banks, investment banks, broker-dealer, alternative investment industry, securities firms, capital formation, chilling effect, borrowers, distressed debt, contractual relationship, interest rates, creditor, credit squeeze, credit market, bonds, secondary loan markets, institutional lender, leverage, systemic risk, Shared National Credit Review, syndicated loan market, Bondholder, maturity date, debtor, Bankruptcy Filing, Bankruptcy Code, collective action risks, capital, primary market, risk portfolio, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, price-fixing, hedge funds, price competition, contract, bilateral monopoly, per se rules, par value, debt instruments, high-velocity market, low-velocity market, creditor coordination, market power, anticompetitive, competition, pre-packaged bankruptcy, Broad. Music Inc. v. Columbia Broadcasting Sys. Inc, Bus. Elecs. Corp. v. Sharp Elecs. Corp., Classic Cheesecake Co. Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Falstaff Brewing Corp. v. New York Life Ins. Co., Federal Trade Commission v. Brown Shoe Co., Federal Trade Commission v. Indiana Federation of Dentists, Federal Trade Commission v. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, Finnegan v. Campeau Corp., United States v. Giordano, Ireland v. Craggs, Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. v. PSKS Inc., Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society, Maris Distrib. Co. v. Anheuser-Busch Inc., National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Board of Regents, Northwest Wholesale Stationers Inc. v. Pacific Stationery & Printing Co., Palmyra Park Hosp. Inc. v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Reisner v. General Motors Corp., Reiter v. Sonotone Corp., Sharon Steel Corp. v. Chase Manhattan Bank NA, Smith v. The Ferncliff, State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co. v. Physicians Injury Care Center Inc., United States v. Topco Assocs Inc., Twin City Pipe Line Co. v. Harding Glass Co., Unijax Inc. v. Champion International Inc., United Airlines Inc. v. U.S. Bank NA, Volt Info. Scis. Inc. v. Board of Trs. of Leland Stanford Jr. University,

MFA Submits Comments to SEC Supporting ICE Clear Credit’s Portfolio Margining Petition06.13.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in support of ICE Clear Credit LLC’s portfolio margining petition.  In the […]

MFA Submits White Paper to European Commission on Shadow Banking06.01.12


On June 1, MFA submitted a white paper on hedge funds and shadow banking in response to the European Commission’s […]

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Topics: European Commission European Union, EU, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", shadow banking, shadow banking system, systemic risk, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", Financial Stability Board, FSB, hedge fund industry, credit hedge funds, leverage, investor, counterparties, regulatory framework, regulatory arbitrage, financial industries, mutual funds, banks, financial market, investment strategies, asset classes, liquidity transformation, maturity transformation, risk analysis, liquidity protections, liquidity, equity investors, financial institutions, demand deposit accounts, collateral, margin, deposit-like characteristics, redemption terms, secured borrowings, direct lending, direct loan market, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, originator, derivative transactions, total return swaps, secured financing, credit intermediation, non-bank financial insitutions, bank-like activities, maturity tra, G20, nonbank credit intermediation, hedge fund counterparties, broker-dealer, risk management, hidden leverage, bank-like regulation, assets under management, AUM, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, state securities regulators, regulatory assets under management, RAUM, U.S. Securities Laws, chief compliance officer, hedge fund managers, Form ADV, investment advisers, Form PF, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, commodity futures contracts, swaps, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, CTA, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, derivatives, segregation, transparency, major swap participants, swap dealers, derivatives market, Office of Financial Research, OFR, systemically important financial institution, SIFI, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Fed, prudential regulation, Doug Elliott, Brookings Institution, absolute risk, Volcker Rule, Long Term Capital Management, "too big to fail, government insurance, market based regulations, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, private equity, venture capital funds, property-casualty insurance, mutual funds management, money market funds, public company equity securities, institutional investment manager, insider trading, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Economic Analysis, EU Member State, MiFID, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, Investment Company Institute, ICI, United Kingdom, counter-cyclical, creditor, taxpayer, sophisticated investors, instant liquidity funds, discount windows, gates, lock-up periods, side pockets, Financial Services Authority, FSA, uncollateralized loans, initial margin, variation margin, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, ABCP conduits, structured investment vehicles, SIV, Columbia University, leverage ratio, Lord Adair Turner, Hedge Fund Research, asset-backed securities, corporate bonds, government bonds, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, leveraged loan markets, quantitative strategies, credit arbitrage strategies, fundamental credit analysis, distressed restructuring strategies, fixed income instruments, bankruptcy, private issue/Regulation D strategies, Regulation D, private investment in public equity, PIPE, relative value, pricing discrepancy, fixed income - asset backed, loans, credit cards, receivables, real estate, tangible financial commitments, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, corporate fixed income instrument, relative value - multi-strategies, Master Limited Partnership,

MFA Submits Comments to the Monetary Authority of Singapore on Proposed Regulations on OTC Derivatives03.26.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in response to its Consultation Paper on Proposed […]

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Topics: Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, Consultation Paper on Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, G20, OTC derivatives market, systemic risk, efficient capital flows, mandary clearing, clearing, bilateral market, risk management, derivatives transactions, trading mandate, liquid and standardized transactions, client access to clearing, clearing arrangements, margin methodologies, straight-through processing, central clearing, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Gary Gensler, Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, market participants, central counterparty, CCP, average notional value, clearing threshold, buy-side clearing, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank Act, backloading, Financial Stability Board, FSB, international harmonization of regulations, swaps, European Union, EU, European Commission, ESMA, legal entity identifiers, confidentiality, transaction data, counterparty identification, customized and proprietary investment strategies, intellectual property, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, foreign regulator, financial entities, non-financial entities, Singapore, Form PF, margin requirements, netting, trading costs, aggregate counterparty credit risk, settlement risk, commercial banks, dealers, money changers, registered insurers, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, margin determinations, liquidation horizons, fragmentation of liquidity, clearing house, counterparty risk, recognized clearing houses, clearing facilities, real-time processing, barriers to entry, non-dealer client representation, risk committees, G20 commitments, regulatory regime, duplicative regulation, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, trade repositories, Securities and Futures Commission, Honk Kong Monetary Authority,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA in Response to Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories03.19.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to its Discussion Paper on […]

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Topics: OTC derivatives European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, EMIR, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, central clearing, counterparty and operational risk, market oversight, market integrity, systemic risk, derivatives market, OTC derivatives market, ESMA Discussion Paper on Draft Technical Stanards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives CCPs and Trade Repositories, central counterparty, CCP, risk management expertise, straight-through processing, CCPs governance structure, clearing, competitive execution, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, execution platform, alternative liquidity providers, electronic trading, real-time processing, international harmonization of regulations, client clearing models, third country counterparities, clearing obligation, extraterritorial application of EMIR, fund domicile, manager domicile, reference entity domicile, market location, reference security, underlying instrument, third country entities, principal of business, foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate derivatives, Euro, EU member currency, settlement currency, notional amount, indirect contractual arrangements, Cayman Islands, American Depository Receipt, ADR, Hong Kong, segregation, portability, indirect clearing models, guarantor, credit intermediary, execution documentation, credit intermediation, FIA-ISDA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement, futures commission merchant, FCM, swap dealer, SD, sublimit, Futures Industry Association, FIA, International Swap Derivatives Association, ISDA, clearing member, counterparty credit risk, indirect clearing, executing counterparty, back-to-back arrangements, trade acknowledgment, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, security-based swaps, bespoke and customized transactions, electronically processed, CCP governance arragements, chief risk officer, chief technology officer, chief compliance officer, sound governance requirements, non-dealer representatives, risk committees, CCP committee, CCP Board, conflicts of interest, disclosure requirements, clients, record keeping, privacy and confidentiality of information, confidentiality agreements, CCP's margin models, confidence interval, liquidation period, lookback period, margin levels, margin requirements, technical standards, stress tesing, back testing, CCP data, non-default clearing members, clearing members, default, aggregation, public dissemination of information, transaction volumes, reasonably liquid traded instruments, confidentiality of counterparty identities, disclosure thresholds,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA on Short Selling and Sovereign CDS03.09.12


MFA submitted comments in response to ESMAs public consultation on possible delegated acts concerning the Regulation on short selling and […]

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Topics: European Securities and Markets Authority ESMA, Regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps, uncovered short sales and credit default swaps, Level 2 process, natural or legal person, short sale, civil law, securities law, sovereign issuer, EU Member State, net short positions, sovereign debt, long positions, convertible bond positions, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, issued share capital, convertible debt securities, holding a share, financial instrument, short selling bans, quantitative threshold for high correlation, market participants, buffer periods, interest rates, Instituto de Credito Oficial, ICO, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Secretariat of State for the Economy, Financial Agency of Spain, liquid market price, maturity bucket, delta adjusted method, notional basis, convertible debt, broad-based indices, Eurostoxx, narrow-based indices/baskets, sector-specific, underlying shares, disaggregation, financial institutions, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, anti-avoidance provision, publicly available information, debt instruments, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, AIFMD, credit quality, yield curve, sensitivity adjusted method, ETF, fund management activities, aggregation of positions, netting, pan-European short selling disclosure regime, CESR, delegate, group, consolidated accounts, credit default swap, default risk, uncovered credit default swap, sovereign CDS, hedged portfolios, asset managers, correlation test, intra-Member State correlation, subordinated debt, trust preferred securities, RBS, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, interest rate swap, IRS, bank name CDS, emergent systemic risk, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Portugal, IRS curve, Italian CDS, sovereign bonds, credit protection, anticipated correlation, tail risk hedging, tail risk, severe market turmoil, reference asset, contract of insurance, Leonard Ng, Buttersworth Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, insurable interest, indices, supra-national European body, Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index, proprietary models, listed securities, CDS transaction, eurozone, Italian lira, redenomination, uncovered position, static or dynamic hedging strategy, indirect exposures, threshold of liquidity, OTC instruments, legitimate market operations, illiquid shares, corporate bonds, money market instruments, UCITS, short selling, margin level, clearing house, option, future, swap, forward rate agreement, derivative instrument, central clearing, Italian CONSOB, convertible bonds, Member State regulator, sovereign CDS transactions,