Understanding the ISDA Master Agreements

Including an Overview of the Regulatory Changes to ISDA Documentation

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
New York

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Non-Member $975 U.S.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:40 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks Frederick O. Quenzer

Frederick O. Quenzer, Counsel, ISDA

9:00 AM The 2002 ISDA Master Agreement Jeannette Boot, David Felsenthal, Ray Shirazi

  • Section-by-section analysis of the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement
  • Discussion of key differences between the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement and the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement
  • Measures of damages and close-out methodologies
  • Events of Default and Termination Events
  • Counterparty default management
  • Set-Off provision
  • Interest Rate provisions
  • Close-Out Amount Protocol
Jeannette Boot, Partner, WilmerHale
David Felsenthal, Partner, Clifford Chance US LLP
Ray Shirazi, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

10:15 AM Morning Break

10:45 AM The 2002 ISDA Master Agreement (continued)

12:15 PM Luncheon

1:15 PM Negotiating the Schedule to the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement Jonathan J. Ching, Ian Cuillerier, Ilene K. Froom

This session will focus on key issues that firms typically negotiate in their Schedule to the 2002 Agreement. Frequently negotiated Schedule provisions will be discussed:

  • Elections (e.g., Governing Law, Termination Currency)
  • Automatic Early Termination
  • Specified Entities
  • Credit Support Documents and Credit Support Providers
  • Expansions and contractions of defined terms (e.g., Specified Transactions)
  • Cross Default and Threshold Amounts
  • Additional Termination Events
  • What are some examples and why do parties include these?
Jonathan J. Ching, Counsel, Linklaters LLP
Ian Cuillerier, Partner, White & Case LLP
Ilene K. Froom, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

3:00 PM Afternoon Break

3:15 PM Regulatory Changes and Impact on ISDA Documentation Douglas J. Donahue, Dan Vogel

  • How do Dodd-Frank, EMIR and forthcoming margin rules impact derivatives documentation?
  • How does ISDA Amend facilitate provision of regulatory information?
Douglas J. Donahue, Partner, Linklaters LLP
Dan Vogel, Legal Counsel, Bloomberg L.P.

4:45 PM Conference Concludes

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Frederick O. Quenzer



Jeannette Boot



David Felsenthal


Clifford Chance US LLP

Ray Shirazi


Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Jonathan J. Ching


Linklaters LLP

Ian Cuillerier


White & Case LLP

Ilene K. Froom


Reed Smith LLP

Douglas J. Donahue


Linklaters LLP

Dan Vogel

Legal Counsel

Bloomberg L.P.

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

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  • CLE

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