Dodd-Frank Overview 

Pursuant to the “Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants Dealing with Counterparties” issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) and the “Business Conduct Requirements” issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and certain other rules promulgated by the CFTC and SEC pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank”), Jefferies Financial Services, Inc. (“Jefferies”), as a swap dealer provisionally registered with the CFTC, and as a Security-based Swap Dealer (“SBS Dealer”) registered with the SEC, has certain notification and disclosure obligations to end-user counterparties and prospective counterparties in relation to entering into a CFTC-regulated swap (a “swap”) or an SEC-regulated security-based swap (“SBS”).  An “end-user” is any swap counterparty other than a swap dealer or major swap participant, or any SBS counterparty other than a SBS dealer or major security-based swap participant. In particular, pursuant to CFTC Rule 23.431 and SEC Rule 240.15Fh-3 swap dealers and SBS Dealers are required to provide disclosures of certain material information prior to entering into a swap or SBS with you in order to enable you to assess material risks of the swap or SBS, including:

  1. The material risks of a swap or SBS, which may include market, credit, liquidity, foreign currency, legal, operational, and any other applicable risks;
  2. The material characteristics of a swap or SBS, which shall include the material economic terms of the swap or SBS, the terms relating to the operation of the swap or SBS, and the rights and obligations of the parties during the term of the swap or SBS; and
  3. The material incentives and conflicts of interest the swap dealer or SBS Dealer may have in connection with a swap or SBS.

On and through this website, you will find notices and disclosures for swap and SBS products that you may trade with us as well as forms of counterparty relationship documentation that may govern your relationship with Jefferies, including ISDA Master Agreement, Credit Support Documentation, and other supplemental materials. These notices and disclosures should be reviewed prior to entering into in a swap or SBS with us.

You must not enter into a swap or SBS with us unless:

  1. You understand the economic and contractual terms of the swap or SBS;
  2. You understand the risks to which you will be exposed as a result of the swap or SBS (including, without limitation, market risk and the credit risk of Jefferies) and are capable of bearing those risks and the economic losses they may cause;
  3. You are aware that our interests as your counterparty in any swap or SBS will be in conflict with your interests and that we consequently will not be (a) acting as your fiduciary or advisor, or (b) assessing whether the swap or SBS is appropriate, proper or suitable for you; and
  4. You (either on your own or on the basis of advice from advisors other than Jefferies) have made your own independent decision to enter into the swap or SBS and that the swap or SBS is appropriate, proper and suitable for you based on your risk appetite and your financial sophistication, objectives and condition.

Please use the menu on the left to navigate to the disclosures, notifications and counterparty relationship documentation.

In order to access certain information, you will need a password that has previously been emailed to you. In the event you require or forgot the password, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact either your Jefferies representative or email us at [email protected].

 

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