Understanding the ISDA Master Agreements

Including the Buy-side Perspective

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Member US$650

Non-Member US$750

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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8:15 AM Registration and Morning Coffee

9:00 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks Erryan Abdul Samad

9:05 AM The 2002 ISDA Master Agreement Erryan Abdul Samad, Natalie Everaert, Evan John Lam, Mae Yen Teoh

  • 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
  • Set-off Provision
  • Interest Rate Provisions
  • Tax Provisions (including FATCA)
  • Close-out Amount Protocol
  • Netting Opinions
  • Illegality/Force Majeure Protocol

The speakers will also draw out lessons for buy-side users of the Master Agreement and firms dealing with them.

10:45 AM Morning Break

11:00 AM The 2002 ISDA Master Agreement (continued)

12:30 PM Luncheon

1:30 PM Negotiating the Schedule to the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement Lyn Lee, Miles Binney, Sonia Lim

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:

  • Automatic Early Termination
  • Specified Entities
  • Specified Transactions
  • Cross Default
  • Threshold Amounts
  • Additional Termination Events
  • Additional Representations
  • Specific Provisions for Investment Managers
  • Specific Provisions for Hedge Funds

3:15 PM Afternoon Break

3:30 PM Close-outs Under the ISDA Master Agreements Kai Loon Loh, John Ho

This session will cover the operation of the Close-out provisions of the ISDA Master Agreements (1992 and 2002 versions) from the point of view of what to look out for when deciding whether and/or when to Close-out, issues related to Close-out such as the giving of notices under the ISDA Master Agreements and practical considerations drawing upon market examples.

4:15 PM ISDA Netting Opinions Erryan Abdul Samad, Evan John Lam

In this session, the speakers will provide an introduction to the netting opinions that ISDA publishes in relation to the ISDA Master Agreement and consider the key issues that they address. The speakers will also provide an introduction to the Singapore netting opinion, taking into account recent legislative changes.

5:15 PM Conference Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594. Phone: +65 6845 1000

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Erryan Abdul Samad

Assistant General Counsel



Miles Binney

Senior Associate

Clifford Chance

Natalie Everaert

Director, Markets & Securities Services Legal

Citibank, N.A.

John Ho

Head, Legal, Financial Markets

Standard Chartered Bank

Evan John Lam


Allen & Gledhill LLP

Lyn Lee

Head, Legal - Global Treasury and Investment Banking


Sonia Lim



Kai Loon Loh


Ashurst ADTLaw

Mae Yen Teoh

Senior Associate

Clifford Chance

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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. Groups must be registered together, in advance of the event. To register your group, please email conferences@isda.org.

Member US$650

Non-Member US$750

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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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