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Passed House amended (11/16/2015)

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on October 26, 2015. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

(Sec. 1) This bill amends the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding clearing requirements for certain affiliate swap transactions to revise the conditions under which an affiliate of a person that qualifies for an exception from clearing requirements may itself qualify for such exceptions.

The affiliate must be:

  • directly and wholly-owned by another affiliate qualified for the exception or an entity that is not a financial entity;
  • not indirectly majority-owned by a financial entity;
  • not ultimately owned by a parent company that is a financial entity; and
  • an affiliate that does not provide any services, financial or otherwise, to any affiliate that is a nonbank financial company supervised by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

The bill disqualifies for the exceptions, however, any affiliate that is:

  • a swap dealer, a security-based swap dealer, a major swap participant, a major security-based swap participant, or a commodity pool (all disqualified under current law);
  • a bank holding company (not, as under current law, only a bank holding company with over $50 billion in consolidated assets);
  • a specified kind of private fund;
  • an employee benefit plan or government plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA);
  • an insured depository institution;
  • a farm credit system institution;
  • a credit union;
  • a nonbank financial company supervised by the Federal Reserve Board; or
  • an entity engaged in the business of insurance and subject to state or foreign government capital requirements.

Unless the Commodity Futures Trading Commission or the Securities and Exchange Commission determines it is in the public interest, however, the exception from clearing requirements shall not apply to an affiliate that is itself affiliated with: (1) a major security-based swap participant; (2) a security-based swap dealer; (3) a major swap participant; or (4) a swap dealer.

An affiliate that does qualify for the exception from clearing requirements may not enter into any swap other than to hedge or mitigate commercial risk.

The bill also prohibits the affiliate, and any person affiliated with the affiliate that is not a financial entity, from:

  • entering into a swap with or on behalf of any affiliate that is a financial entity; or
  • otherwise assuming, netting, combining, or consolidating the risk of swaps entered into by any such financial entity, except an affiliate that qualifies for the exception from clearing requirements.

Any swap entered into by an affiliate that qualifies for the exception from clearing requirements shall be subject to the affiliate's centralized risk management program, provided it is designed both to: (1) monitor and manage swap associated risks, and (2) identify each affiliate upon whose behalf a swap was entered into.