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Derivatives and Structured Products

Our global derivatives and structured products group has been at the forefront of every major development in the derivatives market since its inception

Our innovative practice, now comprising over 150 experts globally, meets client demand for derivatives lawyers who are able to advise across exchange traded, OTC and securitised derivatives, as well as SPV-based complex structured finance transactions and other relationship documentation.

We are a leading firm in relation to derivatives clearing (and related regulatory advice), margin requirements for non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives, synthetic securitisations, ESMA-compliant balance sheet securitised derivatives, bespoke repackagings, longevity derivatives, fund-linked derivatives, complex equity derivatives and commodity title transfer financings.

Insights and resources

e-signings webinar recording

On Thursday 2 April, we held a cross-practice client webinar covering the legal framework, some practical considerations of electronic and virtual signing from an English perspective, German perspective and US perspective.

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Covid-19: Issues to consider

On Friday 20 March, DSP hosted a lunchtime client webinar on Covid-19. The webinar is a follow-up to the recent cross-practice publication DSP contributed to: Covid-19: A UK guide to significant commercial and legal issues and video which focused specifically on derivatives and structured products.

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Derivatives market in 2020

Deepak Sitlani shares some key themes likely to impact the derivatives market in 2020 which include LIBOR, sustainable finance, EMIR, Brexit and derivatives.

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DSP Horizon Scanning 2020

With 2020 now upon us, we examine the key topics we expect to have an impact on derivatives and structured products over the coming year. Explore the tabs below to see our high level guides on what to look out for across interest rate reform, EMIR, SFTR, the Prospectus Regulation, PRIIPs, Sustainable Finance, CSDR, and Brexit.

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Repackaging Unpacked: The repackaging market forum

In this short video, Leanne Banfield provides a recap of the topics discussed on our last “Repackaging Unpacked” industry forum call, which include sustainable finance, CLN developments, EMIR and SFTR reporting, Brexit and interest rate reform.

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EU Prospectus Regulation

The new regime established by the Prospectus Regulation (EU 2017/1129) applies in full across the EU from 21 July 2019. The aim of the Regulation is to achieve greater harmonisation of prospectus rules throughout the European Union.

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Global Interest Rate Reform

The transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other IBORs is unlike any previous regulatory reform – underpinning loans, debt and derivatives contracts estimated at $350 trillion globally, its scale is potentially larger, it will involve a great number of granular moving parts and is technically challenging.

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ISDA Create

ISDA Create is a new platform that allows firms to negotiate and execute derivatives documentation online. Developed by ISDA and Linklaters Nakhoda, ISDA Create dramatically reduces the time it takes to negotiate documentation and allow firms to digitally capture, process and store the data within those documents.

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The Future of the Securities Lending Market

The securities lending market is at a crossroads. The market is becoming increasingly complex, and regulation increasingly onerous. As a result, processes and systems that have until now served the market well are proving increasingly cost- and time-intensive, given the degree of fragmentation and reliance on manual processes.

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CCP Risk Review

The CCP Risk Review is the leading comparison tool for CCPs, created by Linklaters, the FIA and Milbank. It is a subscription service, providing standardised, comprehensive overview and analysis of the rules and procedures governing certain CCPs.

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