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AIMA Launches OTC Derivatives Clearing Guidelines

July 1, 2014



LONDON, July 1 -- The Alternative Investment Management Association issued the following news release:

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry association, has launched OTC derivatives clearing guidelines for asset managers.

AIMA's Guide to Sound Practices for OTC Derivatives Clearing provides guidance on the new regulatory framework in the US and European Union, which affects most OTC derivatives transactions cleared globally.

The Guide to Sound Practices is supplemented by a Due Diligence Questionnaire for Clearing Members, which is intended to help asset managers during the process of evaluating different clearing members and clearing houses.

The drafting of both papers was assisted by Simmons & Simmons, the international law firm, and Seward & Kissel LLP, the U.S. law firm, and supported by a Working Group of AIMA's manager and sell-side members. The papers are sponsored by CME Group.

Jack Inglis, AIMA CEO, said: "These guidelines are unprecedented in detail and scope. We hope they are of use to our member firms as they set out to navigate the increasingly complex legal and operational requirements introduced under the post-crisis OTC derivatives clearing reforms.

"I would like to pay tribute to the Working Group of our buy-side and sell-side members for their substantial input, and in particular to Simmons & Simmons and Seward & Kissel for their time and expertise in helping AIMA to draft the Guide and DDQ. I also would like to thank CME Group for their unstinting support during the project.

"This initiative underlines our shared commitment to central clearing, which reduces counterparty credit risk and systemic risk, and to the role that we all can play in helping to ensure the smooth and timely implementation of these important regulatory reforms."

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