ISDA letter responding to the CFTC’s proposed cross-border rules for margin.

ISDA provides comments to the CFTC regarding the recently proposed rulemaking relating to the cross-border application of the Commission’s margin requirements for uncleared swaps . Our analysis of the proposed rules addresses five critical themes: supporting the ‘Guidance’ approach with modifications; addressing harmonization of global rules with simplified substituted compliance; adoption of a 5% de minimis exemption patterned after the “emerging markets” exemption in the Guidance; swaps of non-US CSE’s executed through or by a US branch should receive exemption; and margin rules should only take effect 12 months after rules are finalized by global regulators..

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