ISDA Response to ESMA and EC on Proposed Technical Standards on Brexit-related Novations

ISDA sent a letter to ESMA and the European Commission commenting on the proposed technical standards on Brexit-related novations. ISDA welcomes these standards that seek to give relief from the margining and clearing requirements to OTC derivative contracts that are transferred (novated) from a UK to an EU counterparty.  However, the fact that the relief is contingent on the event of a no-deal Brexit makes it operationally difficult for firms to enter into agreements to novate contracts. We have concerns that EU counterparties are therefore required to wait until closer to exit day before carrying out the novations.

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