Understanding the ISDA Master Agreements

Including an Overview of the Regulatory Changes to ISDA Documentation

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
ISDA Conference Center
New York

Member US$850.00

Non-Member US$975.00

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks Megan O’Flynn

Megan O’Flynn, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA

9:00 AM The 2002 ISDA Master Agreement David Felsenthal, Megan O’Flynn, 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
David Felsenthal, Partner, Clifford Chance US LLP
Megan O’Flynn, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Ray Shirazi, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

10:30 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, 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, Partner, Linklaters LLP
Ilene K. Froom, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

3:00 PM Afternoon Break

3:15 PM Recent and Upcoming Changes to ISDA Documentation Kyara Mathias, Dan Vogel

This session will cover the following:

  • Impact of Regulation
    • Dodd-Frank
    • EMIR
    • Brexit
    • Interest Rate Reform
  • Impact of Technology
    • ISDA Amend
    • ISDA Create
Kyara Mathias, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP
Dan Vogel, Head of Financial Regulation, Legal, Bloomberg L.P.

4:45 PM Conference Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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Jonathan J. Ching


Linklaters LLP

David Felsenthal


Clifford Chance US LLP


Ilene K. Froom


Reed Smith LLP


Kyara Mathias

Managing Associate

Linklaters LLP

Megan O’Flynn

Assistant General Counsel



Ray Shirazi


Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Dan Vogel

Head of Financial Regulation, Legal

Bloomberg L.P.

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Registration fee is for one person to attend the entire event. Pass may not be split between multiple attendees.
Groups of three or more attendees from the same firm can receive a 20% discount on event registrations. To register your group, please email conferences@isda.org prior to the event.

Receive a special discount of 20% for one person to attend all 3 Back to Basics courses – the Fundamentals of Derivatives, Understanding the ISDA Master Agreements and Understanding Variation Margin and the ISDA CSA for VM courses taking place on January 28, 29 & 30 in NY. To receive this discount, email conferences@isda.org prior to registration. [Registrant must attend all 3 courses. Discount will be void if one or more of the registrations are cancelled]

Government Agencies and Financial Hardship Policy

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Non-Member US$975.00

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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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