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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 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

Lessons from Willful Blindness Decision Alerts

A recent decision by Judge Stuart Bernstein of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Irving Picard, as trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC v. Citibank, N.A., clarifies the parameters of the “willful blindness” standard applicable in fraudulent conveyance actions, and illustrates practical applications of safe harbor defenses that may be asserted…

Client Alerts | December 5, 2019 | Hedge Funds | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation

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