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17 October 2011


  • Joshua Cohn
    Senior Counsel, Independent Contractor
    T +1 212 506 2539
  • David R. Sahr
    T +44 20 3130 3496

Joshua Cohn co-chairs Practising Law Institute's Fundamentals of Swaps and Other Derivatives 2011

Why you should attend

The credit crisis has led to the most extensive overhaul of financial regulation since the early 20th century. Significant elements of the recent reform involve the regulation of over-the-counter derivatives and the market participants who transact in these products.

A derivative is a financial instrument that allocates the risks and price exposures associated with a designated asset between the parties to an instrument. Derivatives can provide price exposure or price insulation to changes in the price or level of an open-ended range of assets, including stocks, interest rates, currencies, bonds, commodities, insured risks, credit risks, investment funds, property, the weather and more. Derivatives are used in an infinite variety of ways by commercial, eleemosynary and government entities to manage the commercial and financial risks they confront. As the breadth and complexity of derivatives evolve, so too does the complexity of associated documentation and legal issues.

An understanding of the characteristics, documentation and regulation of these instruments is essential to be an effective advocate for your clients.

At this program, our distinguished faculty will explain what over-the-counter derivatives are and how they are documented. The faculty will also provide an overview of the new regulatory framework for derivatives and derivatives market participants and explain how the new regulatory framework will affect these markets and market participants.

What you will learn

  • What are over-the-counter derivatives?
  • What are the basic features of fixed income, credit, equity and commodity swaps?
  • How derivatives are commonly traded today
  • What is the ISDA Master Agreement and how does it work?
  • How are derivatives regulated?

New York Partner, Josh Cohn will co-chair the program. New York Partner David Sahr will also participate as a panelist. For more information and to register, please click here.

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