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Mastering the ISDA Master Agreements 3rd ed (1992 and 2002): A Practical Guide for Negotiation


ISBN13: 9780273725206
Previous Edition ISBN: 027366395X
Published: May 2010
Publisher: FT Prentice Hall
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £125.00



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The book is a practical guide for the negotiation of ISDA Master Agreements. The ISDA Master Agreement was published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc ("ISDA") in January 1993 and 2002 and is the main agreement used in the over the counter global derivatives market.

Over the counter or "OTC" derivatives are products designed for individual customers in contrast to the standardised derivatives products traded on exchanges. The rationale for the new edition is to build on the success of the first two editions.

Once again the book will provide the many new entrants globally to derivatives documentation with a practical negotiation guide to both the 1992 and 2002 Agreements so that they can approach their work confidently without the need for constant reference to seniors or regular attendance on training courses.

The ISDA Master Agreement is a complex document and it normally takes 1-2 years for a negotiator to become fully proficient. As well as absorbing the negotiation policies of the institution for which he works, the negotiator also needs to be aware of the implications of possible variations sought by negotiators in other institutions.

Subjects:
Banking and Finance
Contents:
Chapter 1 Introduction to the global derivatives market (15 pages) -Size of market according to latest ISDA figures. -Estimated amount really at risk. -Main products -Main currencies. -Market users. -How a deal is done from start to finish.
Chapter 2 Need for and evolution of the ISDA Master Agreement (9 pages) -Inefficiency in documenting each trade in the market's early days. -Documentation standardisation introduced by ISDA from 1985. -How ISDA documentation evolved. -Product Definitions -Confirmations -Master Agreement types.
Chapter 3 Section by section clear analysis of the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement (95 pages). The idea is as before to have a block of ISDA Master Agreement text on one page and a clear explanation of it on the opposite page. ISDA is willing for Pearson to reproduce the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement in this format provided it pays the USD 5,000 licensing fee referred to in Section 2 above.
Chapter 4 Section by section clear analysis of the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement (200 pages). Same format. ISDA is willing for Pearson to reproduce the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement in this format provided it pays the USD 5,000 licensing fee referred to in Section 2 above.
Chapter 5 Legal issues relating to the ISDA Master Agreements (35 pages) UK issues -Gaming laws -Capacity and authority of transacting parties. -Ultra vires considerations. -the Hammersmith and Fulham case and local authorities as swaps counterparties. -Protection from case law and the 1985 Companies Act in the UK. -specialised entities e.g. insurance companies, pension funds, unit trusts, building societies. -The concept of suitability. -Enforceability of close-out netting and set-off. -Automatic Early Termination. -The ISDA collective legal opinions. -Third Party Rights. New section on US issues Chapter 6 Credit issues relating to the ISDA Master Agreements (15 pages) -Addition of Specified Entities. -Specified Indebtedness variations. -Downgrade from Cross Default to cross acceleration. -Threshold Amounts. -Credit Event Upon Merger variations. -Additional Termination Events. -Set Off -Transfers. -Political risk. -The "vanilla ISDA".
Chapter 7 Operational issues relating to the ISDA Master Agreements (8 pages) -Confirmations -Payments -Deliveries -Close out -Administrative matters.
Chapter 8 A sample 1992 ISDA Master Agreement Schedule and accompanying commentary (up to 175 pages).
Chapter 9 A sample 2002 ISDA Master Agreement Schedule and accompanying commentary (up to 30 pages) In each of these chapters the idea is to have a block of Schedule text on one page and a clear explanation of it on the opposite page.
Chapter 10 Provisions for special entity types and those sought by US counterparties As per the first edition with some updating. (50 pages). To include new and additional commentary on loan-linked ISDAs, covered bond ISDAs and Hedge fund ISDAs. Chapters 8, 9 and 10 are the hub of the book because the Schedule is what negotiators actually negotiate and where they need core knowledge and awareness of possible variations and their implications.
Chapter 11 (15 pages) The effect of the credit crunch on the OTC derivatives market. Examples of termination letters.
Chapter 12 New developments (5 pages). Annexes (20 pages)

Series: FT Mastering

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