Felix Shipkevich is a Principal at Shipkevich PLLC
Felix Shipkevich is a Principal at Shipkevich PLLC

FX regulation around the world

The past year has seen a great deal of change in the area of international Forex compliance. Although four years have passed since the Dodd-Frank Act became law, its repercussions continue to be felt. By the time the CFTC announced in May that it was extending relief for the second year in a row (with one commissioner expressing doubt that even the newly revised schedule was feasible), it was clear that real regulatory clarity was still a long way off.

First Published: e-Forex Magazine 48 / Regulatory Roundup / July, 2012

Although much of the Dodd-Frank rulemaking focused on derivatives rather than Forex, currency traders were also affected by the stricter regulatory environment brought about by Dodd-Frank. With the CFTC still barely halfway through finalizing the fifty-odd rules it is required to create by the Dodd-Frank Act, it would be foolish to predict whether industry groups or pro-regulation advocates will win any individual battle. In light of the CFTC’s weighty summer and fall calendar, however, the end of the year should bring much greater certainty about the rulemaking and its effects on Forex. Clearing FX derivatives One emerging trend this year is the clearing of FX derivatives. Although the Dodd-Frank Act will not require them to do so until the end of the year, some of the world’s biggest broker-dealers, particularly sell-side banks, have begun clearing OTC FX derivatives. This is a sea change for an industry that has traditionally relied on bilateral trading with no middleman involved. It...continued

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