SEF Leaders Say Global Harmonization of Swaps Regulations Remains a Pipe Dream

Several SEF executives spoke at Sefcon VI about the challenges around finding common ground between US and European swaps regulations.

SEF leaders speak on global actualization of swaps regulations at Sefcon VI.

Douglas Friedman, general counsel for Tradeweb Markets, said the problem originates from assumptions by many that because the US started earlier than Europe on swaps trading reform, European regulations would largely mirror what the US did.

The two sides have fundamental differences in how they're approaching getting better transparency in the market, according to Friedman. In Europe, the focus is on data and size threshold; in the US, it's based on protocols.

"In the absence of some mutual

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