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Derivatives and Structured Finance

The Derivatives and Structured Finance group at A&O has been at the forefront of the transformation of the derivatives and structured finance markets for decades.

We develop relevant and innovative solutions to the challenges that our clients face, helping them to concentrate on their day to day business and succeed in today’s markets. We continue to play a leading role in the development and implementation of the myriad of regulations affecting the derivatives and structured finance markets.

For example, Margin, poses intricate issues for our clients and we are providing our clients with a seamless combination of innovative technology and traditional legal advice. We are also advising our clients on clearing, U.S. and EU execution platforms and trading requirements, covering EMIR, Dodd-Frank, MiFID and other regulations that have an impact on these markets.

We advise our clients on a wide range of transactions that incorporate traditional derivatives and structured finance structures in bespoke and complex ways relevant to today’s markets and regulatory environment. These include CLOs, commodity structures, equity financings and illiquid asset financings with underlying assets in many jurisdictions across the globe.

We have worked with ISDA for more than 20 years, and our close involvement with other industry bodies, has given us a unique opportunity to participate in the development of the OTC derivatives industry. We translate this into effective, efficient and practical advice to our clients.

News & insights

A large building with a stepped entrance and ornate columns

Publications: 23 APRIL 2021

IRS derivatives: the latest case law of January – March 2021 in Italy

A substantial “draw” between nullity and validity.

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Bird's eye view of a tropical beach next to a forest

Publications: 18 MARCH 2021

Framing securities lending for the sustainability era: ISLA-A&O white paper

Sustainability has become a key issue in financial services. In our joint white paper published with the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA), we have examined how securities lending…

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Publications: 25 JANUARY 2021

The new EU STS framework for on-balance sheet (synthetic) securitisations

On 16 December 2020, the Council of the European Union published final compromise proposals for a package of measures dubbed the “Capital Markets Recovery Package”, these were adopted by the European…

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Publications: 23 DECEMBER 2020

The conflict between the views of the Italian case law on derivatives in 2020

Serious risks of invalidity, restitution effects and possible defences.

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