CFTC Issues No-Action Letter to Swap Dealers to Extend Collateral Rule Deadline due to Limitations with Custodial Accounts

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) today issued a time-limited, no-action letter stating that it will not recommend an enforcement action against a swap dealer subject to the September 1, 2016 compliance date for the CFTC’s uncleared swap margin rules, subject to certain conditions, for failing to fully comply with the custodial arrangement requirements of CFTC regulation 23.157 prior to October 3, 2016. Due to certain practical and technical limitations, DSIO believes it is appropriate to provide this relief when a swap dealer is making diligent, good faith implementation efforts in this period of transition.

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