Canadian Securities Administrators

Canadian Securities Administrators

February 10, 2012 11:22 ET

CSA Publishes Findings and Recommendations for the Segregation and Portability of Customer Positions and Related Collateral in Over-the-Counter Derivatives Clearing

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2012) - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published for comment Consultation Paper 91-404 - Derivatives: Segregation and Portability in OTC Derivatives Clearing. The Consultation Paper sets out the CSA Derivatives Committee's proposals related to the segregation and portability of customer positions and related collateral in cleared over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions.

Specifically, the paper addresses the segregation of assets put forward as collateral for OTC derivatives transactions cleared through a central counterparty (CCP), by customers that access the CCP indirectly through clearing members. As Canadian and international regulators move forward with their G20 commitments that mandate the clearing of standardized OTC derivatives, the effective operation of CCPs becomes essential to enhancing market stability and strengthening market participant protection.

"The CSA is committed to establishing a comprehensive framework for the regulation of OTC derivatives that serves the needs of market participants and is consistent with Canada's international commitments," said Bill Rice, Chair of the CSA and Chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission. "The CSA Derivatives Committee has developed proposals for segregation and portability arrangements that aim to protect customer positions and related collateral in the event of a clearing member insolvency."

Market participants are invited to submit their comments until April 10, 2012. All responses received will be published on the Autorité des marchés financiers (www.lautorite.qc.ca) and the Ontario Securities Commission (www.osc.gov.on.ca) websites.

Copies of the Consultation Paper are available on the following websites: Alberta Securities Commission, Autorité des marchés financiers, British Columbia Securities Commission, Manitoba Securities Commission, New Brunswick Securities Commission, Nova Scotia Securities Commission, Ontario Securities Commission and Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

For more information:

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington Mark Dickey
Ontario Securities Commission Alberta Securities Commission
416-593-2361 403-297-4481
Sylvain Théberge Richard Gilhooley
Autorité des marchés financiers British Columbia Securities Commission
514-940-2176 604-899-6713
Ainsley Cunningham Wendy Connors-Beckett
Manitoba Securities Commission New Brunswick Securities Commission
204-945-4733 506-643-7745
Shirley Lee Jennifer Anderson
Nova Scotia Securities Commission Saskatchewan Financial Services
902-424-5441 306- 798-4160
Janice Callbeck Doug Connolly
PEI Securities Office Financial Services Regulation Div.
Office of the Attorney General Newfoundland and Labrador
902-368-6288 709-729-2594
Helena Hrubesova Louis Arki
Yukon Securities Registry Nunavut Securities Office
867-667-5466 867-975-6587
Donn MacDougall
Northwest Territories
Securities Office
867-920-8984

Contact Information

  • Sylvain Theberge
    Autorite des marches financiers
    514-940-2176