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Gensler Tells ISDA What He Thinks

04 May 2012

Gary Gensler is the first U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman to speak at an International Swaps and Derivatives Association AGM.

Gary Gensler is the first U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman to speak at an International Swaps and Derivatives Assocation AGM. He did not shy away from leveling blame on the industry for the 2008 crisis and ISDA itself for trying to delay the CFTC’s rule writing.

So, attendees got to witness a robust exchange of views as Gensler sat down with ISDA Chairman Stephen O’Connor for a question-and-answer session. Here are some of the highlights:

#1

GG: For those of you not as close to this, about six months ago we finalized clearing rules that are required for gross margining the clearing houses and subsequently in January we finalized something called legally segregated operationally comingled, or what Steve calls “LSOC” rules. Both of these...

SO: I think most of them have an idea of what that is.


Stephen O'Connor and Gary Gensler 

#2

GG: I can’t [comment] on your comment letter. You’ve sent so many eloquent ones.

SO: Thank you. They’re not all me.

GG:I thought Steve wrote all of these.

#3

[After O’Connor asks Gensler to clarify an answer twice]

GG: I might not have a satisfactory answer for what you’re probing. But you can probe a fourth time. That’s how it usually goes.

SO: Yes, let’s move on.

GG: It’s always the lawsuits later.

#4

SO: We are an international organization, as you know...

GG: It’s the “I,” right?

04 May 2012