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Derivatives and structured products

Advice for derivatives and structured products

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Our international derivatives practice supports our clients with derivatives experts in many of the major financial centres covering over the counter (OTC), exchange traded and derivatives-based securities, as well as repurchase and securities lending agreements.  

We work with providers and end-users of derivative products across the globe including in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Russia and Africa.

We have strong experience in a range of OTC products; specifically interest rate derivatives, credit derivatives, currency/FX derivatives, commodity derivatives and insurance related products and structures.  We also advise on a wide range of equity derivative transactions and highly structured financing transactions including margin loans and hedge fund financings.

We provide advice on exchange traded products, prime brokerage services and securitised derivatives.

We assist buy side and sell side clients worldwide to navigate through the rapidly changing sphere of derivative regulatory reform and on related documentation for on-boarding customers to clearing platforms and for margining.

We approach the market as a fully integrated group supported by our market leading colleagues in financial service regulation, litigation, tax and M&A.  We work with our clients to understand the commercial requirements of the transaction and as a result are known for our ability to structure and execute innovative, bespoke and complex deals.  We also bring strong sector expertise in particular in complex equity financings, funds, insurance and energy to structuring of transactions.

Chambers and Partners 2016 have noted our derivatives team as "collegiate, co-ordinated and technically good." 

Recent Experience

corporate and financial institution clients

Advising on hedging arrangements linked to one or more specific financings including leverage loans, project loans and securitisations.

hedge fund and broker dealer clients

Advising on the entry into of prime brokerage arrangements, including OTC derivative, exchange traded and securities lending documentation.

buy-side and sell-side clients

Advising on all aspects of derivative legislation and regulation, including central clearing and margining and associated regulatory and documentation developments.

buy-side and sell-side clients

Advising on derivative, repo and securities trading master trading documentation (including ISDA, GMRA, GMSLA), collateral structures (CSA and CSD and others) and exchange traded derivative clearing documentation.

a development finance institution

Advising on the guarantee arrangements in relation to certain derivatives entered into by a sovereign entity to hedge a bond issue.

a major fund

Advising on the derivatives and other aspects of the sale of a portfolio of distressed property loans by a financial institution to the fund.

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