2002 ISDA Master Agreement

How it works and its credit and legal implications

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One day training course

Course Description

There has been increased focus on counterparty credit risk following the credit crunch including the collapse of Lehman Brothers.  Now is a good time to gain an understanding of the 2002 ISDA® Master Agreement, how it works; its credit and legal implications and its robust close-out netting mechanism. 

This one day course provides a clause by clause review of the 2002 ISDA® Master Agreement and its Schedule and covers the above issues.  The practical negotiation exercise at the end of the day allows delegates to apply and consolidate the knowledge they have gained during the course.

Learning Objectives

Participants will take away with them the following:

  • An in-depth understanding of the main text and Schedule of the 2002 ISDA® Master Agreement.
  • Knowledge of the common amendments negotiated in the Schedule.
  • Awareness of the common credit issues relating to this Agreement.
  • An understanding of the key differences between the 1992 and 2002 versions of the ISDA® Master Agreement.

 Who Should Attend 

  • Legal Counsel
  • Derivatives Documentation Negotiators
  • Credit Risk Managers
  • Collateral Managers
  • Treasury Managers

Programme points

Delegates are required to bring their own copies of the 2002 ISDA® Master Agreement.

Course outline

1. Introduction.

2. ISDA® documentation architecture.

  • Definitions
  • Confirmations
  • Master Agreements

3. Types of Transactions covered by the ISDA Master Agreement.

4. In depth review of the provisions of the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement including its Schedule.

5. Matters for credit approval

  • Specified Entity
  • Specified Transaction
  • Specified Indebtedness
  • Cross Default/cross acceleration
  • Threshold Amount
  • Requests for the unilateral disapplication of Credit Event Upon Merger
  • Additional Termination Events  
  • Transfers
  • Section 10(a) and political risk

6. What happens if a deal is done and the Master Agreement is not signed?

7. Main differences between the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement and the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement.

8. An examination of the Institution's own ISDA® Master Agreement Schedule if required.

9. Practical negotiation exercise.

Training is charged at an agreed rate plus Value Added Tax.

ISDA® is a registered trademark of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. The programme is neither sponsored by nor affiliated with the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc.

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"The main idea when planning the seminar was to get legal advice on a special niche of the derivatives documentation business through legal training tailored exactly to the needs of our bank. This allowed us to cover all the topics needed in a one day seminar.

Everyone who joined the course very much enjoyed it and found it very helpful. The knowledge transfer was further ensured by the brilliant transcript which now helps us in our day to day work. The seminar was worth every penny and added real value. It is left for me to say, thank you for the great service, the good knowledge transfer and your willingness to step in our shoes to identify our problems and needs when preparing the seminar."

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