MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits List of Priorities to CFTC Chairman Massad and Commissioners07.30.14


MFA submitted letters to Timothy Massad, the newly confirmed Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), along with the […]

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Topics: aggregation AIMA, alpha swap, alternative investment funds, Alternative Investment Management Association, alternative investment strategies, anonymity, Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, assets under management, AUM, Bankruptcy Code, benchmark contracts, bespoke swaps, beta swap, board of directors, British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission, burdensome, buy-side, cash-settled contracts, Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, CCP, central clearing, central counterparties, CFTC, chilling effect, cleared swaps, collateral, Committee of Payment and Settlement Systems, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity interests, Commodity Markets Council, commodity pool, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, compliance, corporations, CPO, CPO delegation, Cross-Border, CTA, custody rules, customer collateral, customer protection, DCM, DCO, Dealer, dealer-to-customer platforms, derivatives clearing organization, designated contract markets, Division of Market Oversight, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Dodd-Frank Act, due diligence, EFRPs, EMIR, EU, European Commission, European Union, exchange for related position, execution, exemptive relief, FCM, FCM counterparty, Financial Conduct Authority, financial counterparty, Financial Stability Board, floor brokers, Form CPO-PQR, Form CTA-PR, Form PF, Form PQR, FSB, Full Physical Segregation, fund of funds, futures commission merchant, GAAP, gamma swap, general partner, generally accepted accounting principles, gold, haircuts, harmonization, hedge fund, hedgers, Hong Kong, illiquid assets, initial margin, insolvency, inter-dealer market, interest rate markets, International Organization of Securities Commissions, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, introducing broker, invoice spreads, IOSCO, ISDA, J. Christopher Giancarlo, JOBS Act, legal segregation with operation commingling, limited liability companies, limited partnership, liquidity, loss allocation, LSOC, made available for trading, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, Mark Wetjen, market infrastructures, market participant, master agreement, MAT, MF Global Inc., MSPs, National Futures Association, natural gas, NFA, no-action relief, Obama Administration, OTC derivatives, OTC Derivatives Regulators Group, owned entities, package transactions, passive ownership, Peregrine Financial Group, physically settled, Policy Makers, position limits, President Obama, price discovery, private equity fund, private funds, private investment funds, private investment vehicles, privately offered commodity pools, proprietary trading tools, public investment fund, quarterly account statements, real estate investment trust, recordkeeping requirements, registered investment adviser, regulation, regulatory framework, regulatory requirements, risk management, Scott O'Malia, SDR, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Futures Commission, SEF, segregated account, service providers, Sharon Bowen, short, SIFMA AMG, silver, speculation, spot-month position limits, straight-through processing, swap butterflies, swap curves, swap data reporting, swap data repository, swap dealer, swap execution facilities, swaps, swaptions, systemic risk, temporary interim relief, third country, Timothy Massad, trading privileges, transparency, Trust, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Peregrine Financial Group Inc. and Russel R. Wasendorf, U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. person, United States, variation margin, Vincent A. McGonagle,

MFA Submits Letter to CFTC on Proposed Rules on Enhancing Customer Protections02.15.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on its proposed rulemaking on “Enhancing Protections Afforded […]

MFA Files Amicus in Lehman Litigation to Support Judicial Asset Sale Process09.28.12


MFA filed an amicus brief in the Barclays Capital and LBI SIPA Trustee litigation before the Second Circuit Court of […]

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Topics: Acton v. Fullmer (In re Fullmer) Adam Levitin, Adelphia Recovery Trust v. HSBC Bank USA (in re Adelphia Recovery Trust), alternative investment industry, amicus brief, amicus curiae, Asia, assets under management, AUM, Australia, bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy court, banks, Barclays Capital, Bass v. Parsons (In re Parsons), best practices, Big Shanty Land Corp. v. Comer Props. Inc., borrowers, capital markets, Clarification Letter, contract, debtor, Ella Shenhav, endowments, Europe, Financier Worldwide, Folger Adam Security Inc. v. Dematteis/MacGregor, free and clear, Harvey Miller, Illinois, In re Cavalieri, In re Cedar Tide Corp, In re F.A. Potts & Co., In re Fehl, In re Gulf Coast Oil Corp., In re Integrated Res. Inc., In re Sapolin Paints Inc., In re Savage Indus. Inc., In re Silver Bros. Co., In re Smith, In re Weisser Eyecare Inc., institutional investors, interest rates, James W. Giddens, Kelly DePonte, LBHI, Lehman Brothers Holding Inc., Lehman Margin Cash, lenders, liquidity, litigant, Lori Fife, M.R.R. Traders Inc. v. Cave Atlantique, Managed Funds Association, Matter of Pease, Med. Malpractice Ins. Ass'n v. Hirsch (In re Lavigne), Meinwald v. Meinwald, MFA, Morgan Olson LLC v. Federico et al. (In re Grumman Olson Indus. Inc.), New York Adelphia, no-cash deal, pensions, public policy, purchaser, Richard Mikels, risk management, Rob Copeland, secondary offerings, Securities Investor Protection Corporation Trustee, SIFMA, stakeholders, transparency, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, United States v. Sforza, Walker v. Lee (in re Rounds), Winston Inn & Rest. Corp. v. DeMichiel (In re Winston Inn & Rest. Corp.),

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

MFA and Associations File Amicus Curiae Brief in RadLAX Gateway v. Amalgamated Bank Case Before U.S. Supreme Court03.09.12


MFA, with the Loan Syndications and Trading Association, SIFMA, and seven other trade associations submitted an amicus brief in the […]

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Topics: American Bankers Association amici curiae, asset-backed financing, available bidders, Bank of America National Trust & Savings Association v. 203 North LaSalle St. Partnership, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy estate, bankruptcy law, BFP v. Resolution Trust Corp., bidder, Bloate v. United States, borrowers, cash out, chapter 11 plan of reorganization, clear and manifest contrary intention, Clearing House Association, CMBS, collateral, Commercial Finance Association, commercial mortgage-backed securities, commercial real-estate loans, consenual plans, corporate and commercial loans, Craig Goldblatt, cram-down, credit-bid, D. Ginsberg & Sons Inc. v. Popkin, Danielle Spinelli, Dewsnup v. Timm, Duncan v. Walker, Dynamics Corp. of America v. CTS Corp., Easton v. German-American Bank, Elliot Ganz, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, Eric F. Citron, existing management, fair and equitable, favored bidders, Financial Services Roundtable, free-and-clear sale, funds of funds, hedge funds, In re Beker Industries Corp., In re California Hancock Inc., In re FCX Inc., In re Murel Holding Corp., In re Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, In re River East Plaza LLC, In re Yale Express System Inc., inconsequential value, indubitable equivalent, investment banks, Judge Hand, Justice Brandeis, lien, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Louisville Joint Stock Land Bank v. Radford, managed futures funds, manufacturers, Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage-backed financing, non-consenting class of secured creditors, nonconsensual free-and-clear sale, old equity, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. v. California ex rel. California Department of Toxic Substances Control, present value, private investment fund, RadLAX Gateway Hotel LLC and RadLAX Gateway Deck LLC v Amagamated Bank, real estate mortgage investment conduits, real-estate finance industry, REMICs, Sage v. Central Railroad Co., sale, sale exception, secured credit, secured creditor, secured creditors, secured financing, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Seth P. Waxman, Shivaprasad Nagaraj, speedy-trial deadline, stalking-horse bidder, statutory surplusage, Toibb v. Radloff, trade associations, transfer, undervaluation, valuation, W.B. Worthen Co. v. Kavanaugh, white knight bidders, Wright v. Vinton Branch of Mountain Trust Bank, write of certiorari,

Supplementary Letter to the SEC in Response to its Proposed Antifraud Rule with Respect to Security-Based Swaps03.29.11


MFA submitted a letter to supplement our December 23, 2010 letter to the SEC in response to its proposed antifraud […]

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Topics: anti-fraud rule assignment, assignments, automatic stay provisions, Bank of International Settlements, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy proceedings, bilateral contracts, BIS, capital formation, CDS market, clearing agreement, collateral, competition, context, conveyance of rights/obligations, corporate actions, corporate loans, cost-benefit analysis, counterparty defaults, credit default swaps, credit events, credit exposure, Deception, definitions, derivatives market, disruption events, equity exposure, equity linked forwards, equity-linked swaps, exchange, execution, extinguishment of rights/obligations, fair dealing, FCIC, financial crisis, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Financial Stability Board, Fraud, high yield bonds, honest markets, institutional leveraged loans, interim payments, International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc, investment grade bonds, investment grade loans, investor confidence, ISDA master agreement, LBO-related loans, legitimate market activity, legitimate market participation, leveraged loans, Loan market Review, Manipulation, material dislocation, material non-public information, maturity date, non-index multi-name credit default swaps, novations, premium payments, price discovery, price discovery process, price efficiency, primary debt issuance, primary participant, purchase, Reuters, sale, SEC, SEC v. Rotech, secondary participant, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, security based swap anti-fraud rule, security based swaps market, security-based swaps, single name credit default swaps, spread payments, statutory authorization, swap market, swaps market, systemic risk, termination, termination events, The Loan Syndications and Trading Association, total return swaps, transfer of rights/obligations, transferor, unallocated swaps, underlying shares, unwinds, US OTC derivatives market,

Comment Letter in Response to the FDICs Interim Final Rule Implementing Certain Provisions of the Orderly Liquidation Authority (OLA),03.28.11


MFA filed a comment letter in response to the FDICs interim final rule implementing certain provisions of the orderly liquidation […]

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Topics: allocation of capital Bankruptcy Code, Board of Directors of FDIC, bond holders, bridge financial company, chapter 7 liquidation, claim disallowance, contingent claims, covered financial institution, creditor involvement, creditor losses, creditor participation, critical vendors, debt instrument, default, Disclosure, distress, doctrine of necessity, equality of distribution, estate, fair market value, favored creditors, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, financial market meltdown, insolvency laws, insolvency proceeding, investor, judicial review, Liquidation Authority provisions, liquidation framework, liquidation process, liquidation value, longer-term financing, market data, market discipline, market expertise, market fluctuations, moral hazard, non-statutory considerations, OLA, orderly liquid authority, preferred creditors, providers of lines of credit, publicly traded securities, quotes, ratable payments, receivership, receivership estate, repurchase agreements, secured creditor, securities contracts, shareholder losses, short-term creditors, short-term financing, short-term lenders, swaps, systemic risk, systemically significant firm, third-party market participants, transparency, true market valuation, underlying collateral, unduly delay, Union Bank v. Wolas, unsecured claim, unsecured creditors, unsecured deficiency claim, US government securities, valuation date, valuation of collateral, valuation rules, volatility,

Letter to Mary Schapiro; Attachments: (Industry Letter on Buy Side Access to Clearing) and (Recommended Timeline for Adoption and Implementation of Final Rules Pursuant to Title VII of The Dodd-Frank Act)03.24.11


MFA submitted a letter to Chairmen Schapiro and Gensler, and each of the SEC and CFTC Commissioners, providing our recommendations […]

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Topics: 14d order 17f6 order, alternative margin segregation schemes, asset manager accounts, asset managers, back loading facility, back-office processing, Bankruptcy Code, Basel I capital requirements, big bang approach, bilateral swaps, block trade. swap initial margin, block trading, Bloomberg, broad industry clearing, broad-based index credit default swaps, Business Conduct Standards, buy-side access, buy-side participants, capital requirements, CCP implementation period, CCP risk management, CCPs, CDS, CDS books, central clearing, CFTC rules, clearable contracts, cleared OTC derivatives, cleared settlement, cleared swaps, clearing, clearing agreement, clearing members, clearinghouses, ClearPort, CME, CME rules, CMs, collateral, commission fee, commodity contracts, complex instruments, compression, counterparty risk, credit, current clearable swaps, customer clearing services, customer funds, DCO governance, DCO registration, dealer-to-dealer clearing, default waterfall, derivatives clearing organizations, direct clearing participants, Dodd-Frank clearing requirements, DTCC data, efficiency, electronic data, eligible contract participant, end to end production testing, end-to-end systems flow, end-user exemptions, end-users, English law CSAs, exchange trading, execution agreement, fallback processing, FCMs, FIA, financial disclosure requirements, FINRA exemptions, front-office processing, future clearable swaps, futures, give up process, give-up agreements, global financial system, hedge funds, ICELink, IIGC, indirect clearing participants, individual risk concentrations, industry-level metrics, interdealer reporting, interest rate markets, interest rate swaps, investor, ISDA Governance Committee, liquid contracts, liquid swap transactions, liquidity, long-only accounts, mandatory clearing date, margin methodology, margin regime, margin requirements, margin segregation, MarkitWire, middle-office processing, migration, milestones, mixed swap, MSP recordkeeping requirements, MSPs, net client omnibus margin account, New York Fed, non-US bankruptcy, non-US bankruptcy laws, non-US CM's default, onboarding, onboarding work streams, open interest caps, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, OTC derivatives reform, Phase 1 mandatory cleared products, phase-in approach, phase-in period, position limits, post-default portability, post-trade reporting, pre-default portability, pre-trade reporting, price challenge protocol, price transparency, public reporting, real-time reporting, reform, Regulators, risk compression, risk waterfall process, roll-out schedule, scale readiness, SD recordkeeping requirements, SEC exemptions, SEC rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEF trading, segregation framework, sell-side firms, simpler instruments, single-name CDS, standardized documentation, standardizing contracts, streamlined netting process, swap dealer, systemic counterparty risk, systemic risk, TBF, tear-ups, title transfer regime, trade compression, trade rejection rights, trade repositories, trade repository data, trade transparency, trading annex, transparency, uncleared settlement, US bank CM, US banking regulators, US bankruptcy, vendor, volume targets, voluntary back loading, voluntary period, voluntary targets, waterfalls,

MFA Comments to the “Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009”11.09.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Department of the Treasury regarding the Obama administration’s legislative proposal titled the “Over-the-Counter Derivatives […]

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Topics: AAA credit rating AIG, airline, American International Group, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy-remote, capital formation, capital restrictions, cash-settled contracts, central clearing, central clearinghouse, CFTC, collateral segregation, commodity, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, credit risk, custodian, dealers, Department of the Treasury, derivatives clearing organizations, derivatives transactions, end-users, endowments, energy companies, Enron Corporation, exchange trading, exchange-traded products, Gary Gensler, hedge funds, hybrid market, initial margin, institutional investors, insurance companies, ISDA product definitions, LBIE, legacy standardized swaps, Lehman Brothers, local governmental entities, Long Term Capital Management, Major Swap Participant, market manipulation, non-clearable trade, non-cleared swap transactions, non-dealer entities, Obama Administration, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, Pension Funds, physically-delivered commodities, position limits, pre-merger notification regime, private funds, proprietary assets, registered derivatives clearing organization, regulatory framework, risk management, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities dealers, securities market, security-based swaps, segregation, substantial net position, substantial unsecured net position, swap dealers, swap market participant, thrift and insurance holding company, trade and position reporting, unsecured current credit exposure, utilities, variation margin,
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