CFTC Votes SEF Rules Forward
Today, the CFTC met to vote on final rules for swap execution facilities (SEFs). The Commission’s five members – three Democrats and two Republicans – voted in a public meeting on new platforms for swaps that will bring bilateral trading to an end, and transfer trades to centralized, transparent marketplaces. Critics say that the final rules are watered down, and as a result, a victory for Wall Street. Commissioners Jill Sommers and Scott O’Malia echoed those sentiments at the vote in their prepared statements.
The Commission voted 4-1 in favor of the new rules.
More information on the final SEF rules can be found in the following Q&As and fact sheets:
- Final Rulemaking Regarding Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities
- Interpretive Guidance and Policy Statement on Disruptive Practices
- Final Rulemaking on Procedures to Establish Appropriate Minimum Block Size for Large Notional Off-Facility Swaps and Block Trades
- Process for a Designated Contract Market or Swap Execution Facility
- Q&A – Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities
- Q&A – Interpretive Guidance and Policy Statement on Disruptive Practices
- Q&A – Process for a Designated Contract or Swap Execution Facility to Make a Swap Available to Trade and Schedule to Phase in Compliance with the Commodity Exchange Act