Legal Technology and the Future of Derivatives

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

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8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

9:15 AM Lawyers, Technology and the Derivatives Market: What does the future hold?

The use of technology such as blockchain in the financial markets may result in a fundamental reshaping of financial services infrastructure, reducing operational risks, streamlining increasingly cumbersome and time-consuming processes, and cutting costs. But how will these new technologies be used? What role will lawyers play?

10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM The Legal & Regulatory Framework – An International Perspective

The use of new technology in the financial markets introduces novel concepts which might challenge existing legal and regulatory frameworks. The development of new legal, regulatory and supervisory frameworks will require global cooperation across a number of areas. This panel will identify some of the key issues and discuss the current status of international law reform efforts.

11:30 AM Future of Derivatives Documentation

New technologies are being developed and implemented. Documentation is being digitised. Standardisation is driving greater automation. But how do these trends link together? What does this mean for derivatives documentation, and what are the costs and potential benefits?

12:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Smart Derivatives Contracts – From Concept to Construction

ISDA’s documentation framework provides a robust foundation for the development of smart derivatives contracts. But which contractual terms should be automated? This presentation will provide an overview of some of the key legal and regulatory considerations that technology developers and other market participants will need to consider when developing smart derivatives contracts.

2:15 PM Demonstration: Implementing Smart Derivatives Contracts

Smart Contracts are currently being developed and implemented across a range of industries, including trade finance and capital markets. This session will provide practical demonstrations of different smart contract implementations, including discussion of how smart derivatives contracts might be implemented across different asset classes.

3:15 PM Coffee Break

3:30 AM Digital Assets in Derivatives Markets

A variety of digital coins, tokens and other assets have emerged, but what impact might they have in derivatives and broader capital markets? How do these assets fit into the existing legal and regulatory framework? Could they ultimately be used for transaction settlements or collateral transfers?

4:20 PM Conference Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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Allen & Overy LLP, One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD. Phone +44 (0) 203 808 9700. A map to the venue can be found here. You will be required to provide photo identification in order to enter the venue. Please ensure you present this at the ground floor reception or you may be refused entry.

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Registration fee is for one person to attend the entire event. Pass may not be split between multiple attendees.

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Member US$850.00

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Basic knowledge of derivatives is beneficial but not mandatory. Some knowledge of financial markets is assumed. No advance preparation is required.

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ISDA is an accredited provider of continuing education credits by the following organizations:

  • CLE

    ISDA has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the state of New York.

  • CPE Sponsory

    ISDA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors: 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417.

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