Release Number 6475-12

December 19, 2012

CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Issues Time-Limited No-Action Relief Regarding the Treatment of Swap Transactions by Persons Engaging in Floor Trader Activities, for Purposes of Making Calculations Under the Swap Dealer Definition

Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) today issued a time-limited no-action letter that provides relief for persons engaging in floor trader activities.

The relief provided in the letter expires on July 1, 2013. During that limited time period, the Division will not recommend that the Commission take an enforcement action against an entity for failure to include, in its calculation of the aggregate gross notional amount of swaps connected with its swap dealing activity for purposes of Commission Regulation 1.3(ggg)(4), a swap that is submitted for clearing to a registered derivatives clearing organization, provided that: (1) the entity does not have a registered swap dealer affiliate; (2) the entity entered into the swap using proprietary funds for its own account; and (3) the entity complies with the requirements set forth in Commission Regulations 1.3(ggg)(6)(iv)(D)-(H).

Further, to rely on the relief provided in the no-action letter, a person must file a claim with DSIO prior to December 31, 2012.

Last Updated: December 19, 2012