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Derivatives and structured products

Advice for derivatives and structured products


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

a major investment bank

Advsing on the derivatives arrangements in respect of a large portfolio of life insurance business offered by a Japanese insurer.

buy-side and sell-side clients

Advising on all derivative trades in all asset classes, including equity, rates, FX, loans and commodities, including both vanilla and highly complex structured trades.

insurance clients

Advising on collateralisation aspects of insurance, reinsurance and related transactions.

banks, corporates and emerging market clients

Advising on strategic equity transactions, including margin loans, funded equity derivative structures and repos  

a major investment bank

Advising on the derivatives aspects of its acquisition of a commodities and financial derivatives business 


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