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Helping Clients Navigate COVID-19 (Updating)

Kleinberg Kaplan is working closely with our clients to provide counsel and guidance during these unprecedented times. A selection of our recent thought leadership pieces related to the implications of COVID-19 includes: The Force May Be With You: COVID-19 and Force Majeure Provisions (March 31, 2020): How and if businesses should consider exploring the invocation…

Client Alerts | March 30, 2020 | Business Restructuring and Reorganization | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation | Derivatives | Employment Litigation | Estate Planning and Administration | Hedge Funds | Investment Management | Investor Activism | Mergers & Acquisitions | Private Equity Funds | Securities and Corporate Finance | Special Situations and Credit

CFTC and NFA Extend CPO/CTA Filing Deadlines for Certain Filing and Reporting Requirements

On March 20, 2020, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) provided temporary no-action relief to registered commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) by extending the filing timeline for certain ongoing reporting/filing obligations. The CFTC’s no-action letter provides an extension for the following:(i) filing Form CPO-PQR under Regulation 4.27, (ii) submitting pool annual reports under Regulations 4.7(b)(3)…

Client Alerts | March 24, 2020 | Derivatives

CFTC Extends Initial Margin Compliance Timeline for Many Buy-Side Firms

On March 18, 2020, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) voted unanimously to extend the uncleared swap initial margin compliance timeline for financial entities with smaller swap portfolios from September 1, 2020 to September 1, 2021. Phase 6 Compliance Group The newly created “Phase 6” compliance group will provide many private funds and other…

Client Alerts | March 20, 2020 | Derivatives | Private Equity Funds | Hedge Funds

Buy-Side Checklist for Potential Impacts on Counterparty Trading Arrangements

With the increasing concerns surrounding the impact of COVID-19 around the world, global financial markets are facing a unique set of difficulties. Fund managers, family offices and other buy-side market participants should consider reviewing their counterparty trading and brokerage arrangements to understand the impact of these events on their trading portfolios and their counterparties. Below…

Client Alerts | March 18, 2020 | Derivatives | Private Equity Funds | Hedge Funds

NFA Implements New Testing Requirements for Swap Associated Persons

Beginning January 31, 2021, all swap associated persons and their supervisors (“APs”) will be required to satisfy the National Futures Association’s (the “NFA”) new swaps proficiency requirements. These requirements will apply to, among others, APs of investment managers registered with the NFA as commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) or commodity trading advisors (“CTAs”) that engage in…

Client Alerts | December 3, 2019 | Hedge Funds | Derivatives

NFA to Develop Swap Testing Program

On June 5, 2018, the Board of the National Futures Association (NFA) approved the development of a proficiency requirements program for “associated persons” (APs) of registered commodity pool operators (CPOs) and commodity trading advisors (CTAs) engaged in swaps activities. The proficiency program will be in the form of an online learning program with an embedded…

Client Alerts | June 14, 2018 | Derivatives | Hedge Funds

CFTC Modernizes Recordkeeping Requirements

Overview The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently adopted amendments to CFTC Regulation 1.31 (Final Rule), which governs the recordkeeping obligations for any person required by the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) or CFTC regulations to maintain such records, including registered commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors. While the Final Rule amendments do not…

Client Alerts | July 14, 2017 | Derivatives | Hedge Funds

Broader U.S. Withholding on Dividend Equivalent Amounts is Effective Beginning on January 1, 2017, for Agreements Entered Into On or After Such Date

In General Section 871(m) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, was enacted in 2010 and imposes a 30% U.S. withholding tax (subject to reduction by an applicable tax treaty) on dividend equivalent amounts paid (or deemed paid) on certain swaps and equity linked instruments referencing U.S. equities if the long party…

Client Alerts | November 18, 2016 | Derivatives | Hedge Funds