Harvard Business Law Review
Dodd-Frank Act Has its First Birthday, But Derivatives End Users Have Little Cause to Celebrate
July 21, 2011
A year has passed since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, entitled the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010 (“Title VII”) created a new transparent exchange-type trading marketplace for over-the-counter swaps subject to regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and security-based swaps subject to regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (collectively, “OTC derivatives” or “swaps”). This article will discuss the significant impact Title VII has, and will continue to have, on the end user, or “buy” side, of the derivatives markets.