SEC details business standards for swap dealers

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2011 – The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted to propose rules that would impose certain business conduct standards upon security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants when those parties engage in security-based swap transactions.

The SEC’s proposed rules stem from Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which authorizes the Commission to implement a comprehensive framework for regulating the over-the-counter swaps markets.

“The rules we are proposing would level the playing field in the security-based swap market by bringing needed transparency to this market and by seeking to ensure that customers in these transactions are treated fairly,” said SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro. “The standards we propose are intended to establish a framework that protects investors and also promotes efficiency, competition, and capital formation.”

The proposed rules would require security-based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants to communicate in a fair and balanced manner and make certain disclosures, including conflicts of interest and material incentives to potential counterparties. Additional requirements would be imposed for dealings with special entities, which include municipalities, pension plans, endowments and similar entities.

Public comments on the SEC’s proposal should be received by Aug. 29, 2011.

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