Derivatives

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Overview

RK&O advises industry groups, broker-dealers and private funds on transactions in the rapidly evolving derivatives market. 

RK&O’s derivatives lawyers work with clients to structure and implement new derivative products, develop trading strategies utilizing complex debt and equity instruments, document and execute derivatives transactions for hedging or investment purposes, and establish master derivative trading relationships with broker-dealers.  

Our Derivatives practice group collaborates with the firm’s Securities Transactions, Lending Transactions, Distressed Debt & Claims Trading, Tax and Regulatory practices to provide comprehensive advice to funds and financial institutions that use derivatives, and we maintain strong relationships with international local counsel to allow us to service our clients’ needs for derivatives advice in international markets. Our derivatives lawyers actively participate in industry-wide initiatives, including the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) working groups, and RK&O continues to serve as the “Designated Law Firm” in connection with the Continuity Procedures for the North American “bullet” loan credit default swap.

We focus on the types of derivatives most used by our clients, including:

    • Credit default swaps and loan credit default swaps
    • Loan and bond total return swaps
    • Credit and equity-linked notes
    • Equity swaps and options

Our derivatives lawyers also help our clients efficiently manage positions, risk exposure and leverage by negotiating:

    • ISDA Master Agreements and Credit Support Annexes
    • Clearing agreements
    • Prime brokerage customer agreements
    • Portfolio and cross-product margining agreements and collateral bridges
    • Repurchase (repo) agreements
    • Securities lending agreements

In addition to transactional matters, our derivatives and regulatory lawyers provide regulatory and compliance advice relating to the treatment of derivatives transactions under Dodd-Frank and related CFTC and SEC rules and regulations.

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