The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today jointly issued a consultation on introducing the first phase of mandatory clearing and the second phase of mandatory reporting under the new over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives regime (Note 1).
The first phase of mandatory clearing aims to mandate the clearing of certain standardised interest rate swaps entered into between major dealers. Our key proposals identify –
- the types of transactions that will be subject to mandatory clearing
- the persons who will be subject to the clearing obligation and in what circumstances
- the exemptions and reliefs that may apply
- the process for designating central counterparties for the purposes of the clearing obligation
The second phase of mandatory reporting aims to expand the existing reporting regime. Our key proposals include –
- requiring the reporting of transactions in all OTC derivative products (Note 2)
- widening the scope of transaction information to be reported, including requiring the reporting of daily valuations
- identifying the specific data fields to be completed under the expanded reporting regime (Note 3)
Interested parties are invited to submit comments to the HKMA or the SFC by –
- 31 October 2015 in respect of matters other than the proposed data fields, and
- 30 November 2015 in respect of the proposed data fields.
The joint consultation paper can be downloaded from the HKMA website or the SFC website.
Two subsequent consultation exercises were carried out (in July 2014 and November 2014) on the Securities and Futures (OTC Derivative Transactions – Reporting and Record Keeping Obligations) Rules, which came into effect on 10 July 2015.