The Dodd-Frank Act, the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010, imposes a broad new regime for regulating the financial services industry, including a new regulatory framework for derivatives, This new regime of regulation for complex securities and over the counter markets will have profound effects on banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, corporate users of derivatives, investment advisers, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, and other commingled investment vehicles.
In an effort to help us understand the timing, scope, and effect of the new body of regulation law firms counseling financial industry participants have published summaries and client memoranda outlining and summarizing the new regime for regulating derivatives instruments. Two such client alerts attached below, one from Perkins Coie and on from Fried Frank, provide comprehensive, yet high level précis of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act affecting derivatives, including their timing, and some potential pitfalls that may be encountered along the way.
Fried Frank, "Selected Highlights of the Dodd-Frank Act Affecting Derivatives" http://www.ffhsj.com/siteFiles/Publications/A5A5FAD49957B51BB1755367065C8B13.pdf
Perkins Coie, "The Financial Reform Act: Derivatives" http://www.perkinscoie.com/news/pubs_detail.aspx?op=updates&publication=2724