Title

The Authorizing the Regulation of Swaps Act
Client Memorandum

Created date

5/13/2009

On May 4, 2009, Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Authorizing the Regulation of Swaps Act (the “LevinCollins Bill” or the “Bill”), sweeping legislation that, if adopted, would free multiple federal regulators to regulate swap agreements without mandating how that regulatory authority is to be exercised. While the Bill is intended to fill a regulatory hole, it risks creating a regulatory free-for-all, introducing jurisdictional ambiguities and changes and raising possible questions about the federal preemption of state gaming and bucket shop laws with respect to swaps.