ISDA Annual Legal Forum

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
ISDA Conference Center
New York

Member US$450

Non-Member US$550

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Print Agenda ISDA Annual Legal Forum for

8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks Katherine Tew Darras

9:10 AM Keynote Address Dawn DeBerry Stump

9:30 AM Meet the CFTC Bella Rozenberg, Dan Bucsa, Erik Remmler, Maggie Sklar, Kevin Webb

Legal staff from the CFTC’s commissioners’ offices will provide an update on recent developments and the CFTC’s priorities going forward.

10:15 AM Networking Break

10:45 AM No Margin for Error Mark New, Douglas J. Donahue, Todd F. Lurie, Greg O’Donohue, Margaret Vaden

The phase-five implementation of initial margin (IM) requirements in September 2020 will capture more than 1,100 smaller firms, creating significant compliance and resource challenges. What needs to be done, and by when?

  • Checklist for phase-five implementation.
  • Development of next-generation IM documentation – what, when and why
  • How can ISDA Create – IM help?

11:45 AM Benchmark Reform – What Does it Mean? Ann M. Battle, James P. Bergin, Gigi Chavez de Arnavat, Maria Douvas, Owen Taylor

The move to adopt risk-free rates as an alternative to LIBOR and other interbank offered rates (IBORs) is gathering pace, but a huge amount of work still needs to be completed to ensure a successful transition. This panel will cover the issues market participants need to know.

  • Progress on the adoption of alternative risk-free rates and the impact on existing and future derivatives contracts.
  • ISDA’s work on enhancing the robustness of contractual fallbacks for key IBORs.

12:45 PM Luncheon

2:00 PM 21st Century Documentation Nicolette Cone, Ilene K. Froom, Deepak Sitlani, Heather Smith

A number of initiatives are under way to review and standardize ISDA’s documentation architecture, heavily influenced by the push to technology. What progress has been made – and what impact will this have? This panel will delve into:

  • Changes to the ISDA Interest Rates Definitions.
  • Electronic negotiation of the ISDA Master Agreement – the ISDA Clause Taxonomy and Library project

2:50 PM Guest Speaker Daniel Gorfine

3:10 PM Networking Break

3:50 PM Recent Developments in CFTC and SEC Enforcement Michael J. Otten, Jan M. Folena, Paul G. Hayeck, Anne M. Termine

This session will discuss recent developments in CFTC and SEC Enforcement Litigation.

4:30 PM Forum Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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Ann M. Battle

Assistant General Counsel, Head of Benchmark Reform



James P. Bergin

Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Dan Bucsa

Chief of Staff & Senior Policy Advisor to Commissioner Dawn D. Stump

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Gigi Chavez de Arnavat

Managing Director and Associate General Counsel

Goldman Sachs

Nicolette Cone

Counsel and Director



Katherine Tew Darras

General Counsel



Douglas J. Donahue


Linklaters LLP


Maria Douvas

Managing Director

Morgan Stanley

Jan M. Folena

Supervisory Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, Division of Enforcement

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Ilene K. Froom


Reed Smith LLP


Daniel Gorfine

Director, LabCFTC and Chief Innovation Officer

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Paul G. Hayeck

Deputy Director, Division of Enforcement

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Todd F. Lurie

Vice President and Associate General Counsel

MetLife Investment Management

Mark New

Senior Counsel, Americas



Michael J. Otten

Executive Director, Global Markets Legal


Greg O’Donohue

Director & Senior Legal Counsel, Derivatives

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Erik Remmler

Chief of Staff, Office of Commissioner Dan Berkovitz

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Bella Rozenberg

Senior Counsel & Head of Regulatory and Legal Practice Group



Deepak Sitlani


Linklaters LLP


Maggie Sklar

Senior Counsel, Office of Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Heather Smith

Senior Derivatives Advisor

Linklaters LLP


Dawn DeBerry Stump


U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Owen Taylor

Head of Legal – Rates and FX Derivatives



Anne M. Termine

Of Counsel

Covington & Burling LLP

Margaret Vaden

Managing Director, Associate General Counsel

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC


Kevin Webb

Chief of Staff, Office of Commissioner Brian Quintenz

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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Early registration ends on Friday, May 10th. Regular registration rates are $450 U.S. Member | $550 U.S. Non-Member.

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Some knowledge of derivatives documentation is assumed. No advance preparation is required.

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