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Derivatives and Structured Finance

Our derivatives team, which consists of German and English qualified lawyers, belongs to one of the largest and most integrated derivatives and structured finance teams in the industry. It is renowned for being innovative and commercially aware of the latest market developments.

Our advisory and transactional work covers the full range of derivatives products including over-the-counter, exchange-traded or securitised derivatives, as well as credit derivatives, equity-linked derivatives, currency and interest rate swaps, weather and energy derivatives, fund-linked notes, index and commodity certificates, warrants, structured Schuldscheine, contracts for differences, securities lending and repo transactions, strategic equity transactions and collateral arrangements.

We advise most financial institutions active in the market on the full range of product wrappers (including structured notes, certificates, warrants and funds) and underlyings (including equities, credit, commodities, FX, funds, indices and proprietary trading strategies). We advise on flow and highly bespoke structured products and are at the forefront of product development and regulatory and tax issues.

We have been European, Hong Kong and U.S. counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) for many years and participate in other industry bodies. These roles put us at the forefront of legal, regulatory and documentary developments and innovations in the marketplace and keep us up to date with all relevant ISDA documentation. We can deal with any ISDA-related queries or concerns faster and more efficiently than most competitors.

For many years, we have advised clearing houses and exchanges on derivatives clearing issues, and now hold a prominent position in on the consequences of the EMIR regulation on the clearing of OTC derivatives.

News & insights

Publications: 11 MAY 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: DAI proposes comprehensive measures to facilitate capital increases in order to overcome the corona crisis

Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V. (DAI), an association representing German listed companies, recently published a position paper setting out proposals for comprehensive measures to facilitate capital…

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Publications: 07 MAY 2020

German Federal Constitutional Court ./. ECB and ECJ

German court rulings rarely find their way into international newspapers – but this one is different: In times of "corona bond"-discussions and further increased bond acquisition programmes of the…

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coronavirus

Publications: 16 MARCH 2020

Coronavirus - what is the current situation in Germany?

In order to contain the Coronavirus the German federal states as well as the German government have put strict measures into place. Schools and kindergartens have been closed as well as borders to…

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Capital markets

Publications: 17 SEPTEMBER 2019

German regulator BaFin publishes guidance note on scrutiny of prospectuses for comprehensibility under PDIII

Overview and context BaFin has published a guidance note on 10 September 2019 setting out criteria it intends to apply when scrutinising prospectuses for compliance with the requirements of…

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