U.S. Swap Dealers’ Overseas Branches Gain Exemptions in SEC Plan
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) and other U.S. swap dealers would gain limits on the Dodd-Frank Act’s reach for overseas trades under a Securities and Exchange Commission proposal released today.
SEC commissioners voted 5-0 to seek comment on measures that would exempt overseas affiliates, including those guaranteed by U.S. banks, from registration when they conduct business with foreign clients. Overseas branches of U.S. banks would be exempt from Dodd-Frank standards for conduct with clients for equity and some credit swaps.
“This approach would allow the elimination of overlapping regulation when it truly is duplicative, while recognizing that regulatory regimes will necessarily differ in some respects,” SEC chairman Mary Jo White said at a meeting in Washington.
The SEC said it hoped the proposal would influence how global regulators address rule differences while working to reduce risk and increase transparency in the swaps market. The SEC is writing rules for equity and some credit-default swaps, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is the predominant U.S. regulator for the $639 trillion global market.
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