CFTC Adopts Customer Property Segregation and Other Swap Regulations, Proposes Volcker Rule

February 17, 2012
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on January 11, 2012 finalized three important rules and proposed one additional rule as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act). These rules address the treatment of collateral posted for cleared swaps, the registration and business conduct requirements applicable to swap dealers and major swap participants, and the CFTC-specific provisions of the “Volcker Rule.” Various aspects of these final and proposed rules will have direct and indirect implications for mutual funds, private funds, separately managed accounts, and other users participating in the commodity markets.