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Insolvency - proof liquidation netting strengthened and broadened in Germany

A decision of the German Federal Court of Justice (“Bundesgerichtshof” - BGH) in June 2016 regarding the validity of liquidation netting agreements sparked widespread fear of a new banking crisis. It led to immediate action...more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: January 2017

In this first issue of The Delta Report for 2017, we cover crucial updates on developments in the derivatives space in Europe and Asia. In the UK, Brexit-related issues continue to take the spotlight. The Article 50 challenge...more

The Lehman Administration Surplus and the High Court Ruling in Waterfall IIC

A recent UK High Court ruling in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) ("Lehman Waterfall IIC") considers the application of statutory interests on proven debts in an administration and in particular the...more

Will the CFTC Postpone the March 1, 2017 Variation Margin Deadline?

Derivatives traders and lawyers are focused on March 1. Not for any basketball tournaments, but for the variation margin (VM) big bang. From March 1, 2017, swap dealers and financial end-users will be required to exchange VM...more

Contractual notice provisions and the ‘close of business’

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) v ExxonMobil Financial Services B.V. [2016] EWHC 2699 (Comm), 28 October 2016 - When serving notices in deteriorating market conditions, beware more haste and less speed. A recent...more

Playing by whose rules? The application of mandatory rules of Italian law to interest rate swaps

Dexia Crediop S.p.A. (Dexia) v Comune di Prato (Prato) [2016] EWHC 2824 (Comm), 10 November 2016 - In the second and final part of his judgment, Walker J held that further mandatory provisions of Italian law apply to and...more

First Department Confirms Hedge Funds Did Not Act in Bad Faith and Affirms Multi-Million Dollar Judgment Against CDS Counterpart

In Good Hill Master Fund L.P. v. Deutsche Bank AG, No. 600858/10-2188B, 2017 BL 19363 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t Jan. 24, 2017), the First Department unanimously affirmed a judgment entered in the Commercial Division of over $90...more

Commercial Division Trial to Address Collateral Call and Dispute Resolution Provisions of ISDA Agreements

In a case with potentially broad implications for participants in the leveraged loan and derivatives markets, Justice Eileen Bransten will conduct a bench trial starting next week in the long-running dispute between a...more

Global Financial Markets Insight - Issue 11, 2016

As we come to the end of 2016 we re ect on a year characterised by events that have sent political shockwaves through the world’s major markets and consider what this may mean for the coming year. The surprise may be...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Interest Rate Hedging for Commercial Real Estate Finance Transactions - November 16th,...

This webinar will cover the basics of hedging interest rate risks of commercial finance transactions. Including a brief overview of the state of the current derivatives market, an overview of the ISDA Master Agreement and...more

ISDA Master Agreement: English court considers meaning of “Default Rate”

The English High Court in Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) [2016] EWHC 2417 (Ch), in one of a series of cases arising from the Lehman insolvency, has had to consider (among other issues) the meaning...more

Default interest gets washed out of the waterfall

The degree to which certain elements of a recovery right under a contract, including a debt instrument, are assignable or transferable to a third party has been questionable under English law for some time. “Litigation...more

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) – Two Recent Judgments

Last week, the High Court ruled on the meaning of “Default Rate” in the 1992 and 2002 ISDA Master Agreements (together, the “ISDA Master Agreements”). Whilst the decision addresses a multitude of issues, perhaps the most...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 16 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis One of our lead articles discusses a research report indicating that SEC enforcement activity has slowed in 2016. According to the article, the SEC has brought nearly ten percent fewer...more

ISDA Publishes Variation Margin Protocol

On August 16, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2016 Variation Margin Protocol (VM Protocol). The VM Protocol is intended as a tool to help market participants that will...more

Brexit's Impact on ISDA Documentation

As previously noted in the client alert “Brexit: A First Look at the Impact on Asset Managers That Trade Derivatives,” Brexit is not anticipated to have an immediate impact on ISDA Documentation or derivatives contracts. ...more

Brexit: Overview of Potential Impact on Derivatives

The process of Brexit will take many years, and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all of our offices, and...more

Casting the Net Wider to Address "Too Big to Fail" - The ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol

21 major global banks signed the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol at launch. Pursuant to the ISDA 2015 Universal Resolution Stay Protocol, these banks have agreed to suspend their termination rights in relation to...more

Judgments

CoCos – Supreme Court decision in litigation between Lloyds and its noteholders - BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Services Limited v. LBG Capital No 1 Plc and another [2016] UKSC 29 - June 2016 saw the publication...more

Correcting Drafting Errors – What Is The Best Approach And What Evidence Is Admissible?

The High Court held that a mistaken reference in an interest rate swap confirmation to the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement instead of the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement could not be corrected by interpretation. However on the facts...more

The Construction Of Section 6(D) Of The 1992 ISDA Master Agreement And Close-Out Mechanics

In Videocon Global Ltd & Videocon Industries Ltd v Goldman Sachs International [2016] EWCA Civ 130, 15 March 2016, the English Court of Appeal has decided that the requirement to serve a statement of calculation “on or as...more

Brexit – Legal Consequences For Commercial Parties: Derivatives – Possible Implications

This article aims to highlight some of the areas in which Brexit may impact the derivatives markets and discusses possible documentation, regulatory and legal implications. However, it is important to note that the particular...more

Corporate Trustees: a Trustee can rely on a legal opinion provided to it by a law firm, right?

A Bond Trustee or Security Trustee in a finance transaction will typically be a beneficiary of a legal opinion. A Trustee may be expressly named as one of the addressees on the face of an opinion letter. Alternatively, a...more

Energy & commodities: portfolio acquisitions

There have been a number of trading portfolios acquired and disposed of in the commodities trading sector in the last 18 to 24 months (commodities acquisition(s)). This activity has been due to a number of factors, such as...more

"A Case Based On Hindsight" - Misselling Claim Rejected

The High Court in Thornbridge Ltd v Barclays Bank plc [2015] EWHC 3430 (QB), 27 November 2015 has rejected an interest rate swap misselling claim for losses allegedly arising as a result of the defendant bank having acted...more

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