DTCC Faults CME's Suit Against CFTC

Lawsuit over swap-data rules will undermine efforts to boost transparency, DTCC says.

CME Group Inc.’s lawsuit over U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission swap-data rules will undermine efforts to boost transparency following the 2008 credit crisis, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. said.

The suit, filed in federal court on Nov. 8, “threatens to dismantle and disrupt the entire regulatory regime statutorily mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act in order to preserve CME’s exclusive access to data that it acquires through its role as a derivatives clearing organization,” DTCC General Counsel Larry E. Thompson said in a letter to the CFTC yesterday.

Frequent Questions

After the data-repository rulemaking, the CFTC’s staff on Oct. 11 published a document on frequently asked questions about reporting. CME said the document contradicted the rules by saying buyers and sellers of a swap would be allowed to decide which database would get trade information.

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