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1This Agreement is used to document transactions between parties located in different jurisdictions and/or transactions involving different currencies. This Agreement is used to document transactions between parties located in the same jurisdiction and transactions involving one currency. The Agreement is. Bookstore; Master Agreement; Form of Amendment to ISDA Master Agreement (March ). Bookstore Online Library Free downloads (2). Form of.

Parties may exchange numerous confirmations over time, resulting in dozens or hundreds of transactions between them. Without a master contract, the parties would be required to enter into numerous voluminous contracts and exchange hundreds of payments. The Master Agreement can reduce transaction costs, however, by reducing the contractual requirements for each transaction to a single-page confirmation and by permitting the netting of payments between the parties, resulting in one payment being made.

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Usage of the Master Agreement increases the efficiency of OTC transactions and thereby increases the profitability of the transaction for both sides. The Master Agreement also aids in reducing disputes by providing extensive resources defining its terms and explaining the intent of the contract, thereby preventing disputes from beginning as well as providing a neutral resource to interpret standard 6 contractual terms.

Finally, the Master Agreement greatly aids in risk and credit management for the parties. As a result of all of these advantages, most energy marketing and trading companies require that all OTC derivative transactions be conducted using a Master Agreement. While comprehensive guides exist for detailed discussion of the Master Agreement and Annex,22 this paper is intended to describe some of the issues with which every user of the Master Agreement should be familiar.

There are two versions of the Master Agreement, the local version for transactions between parties located in the same jurisdiction who are transacting in only one currency, and the multicurrency version for use when parties are located in different jurisdictions transacting in different currencies. Despite this distinction, the multicurrency version is often used even when transactions are in the same jurisdiction and payment will be in the same currency in order to include the more comprehensive provisions contained in the multicurrency version.

The provisions included in the multicurrency version but not in the local currency version concern issues such as taxes, currency of payment, the use of multiple offices to enter into transactions, and the designation of an agent for service of process. As previously discussed,23 the Master Agreement does not contain any terms specific to a transaction, such as price, quantity or the identity of the downloader and seller, but rather leaves the negotiation and documentation of those terms to a separately executed confirmation.

1992 ISDA Master Agreement (Multi-Currency)

The confirmation establishes the parameters of performance. However, these obligations are limited by the condition that a party is not obligated to make any payment or deliver or return any collateral if an Event of Default has occurred or is occurring or an Early Termination Date has occurred.

The Master Agreement is designed so that counterparties may engage in an infinite number of transactions in any month without requiring the negotiation of anything other than the material terms of performance of each individual transaction.

While this saves a tremendous amount of backoffice and legal time, this still burdens the risk management and accounting departments with the responsibility and inherent risk of tracking and settling all the various transactions.

To address this concern, the Master Agreement permits the netting of payments due under the same transaction so that only a single amount is exchanged between the parties, rather than numerous payments involving the same transaction. This increases the efficiency of the accounting process by reducing the number of individual payments that must be made and tracked and saves the parties expenses incurred in every payment such as wire transfer fees.

To 7 further facilitate settling transactions and reduce costs, most counterparties agree to net all amounts due on a single day regardless of whether amounts are due under a single or multiple transactions. It is important to note that this netting right is different from the legal right of set- off discussed later.

The parties are incentivized to pay in a timely manner by the imposition of interest on any amounts paid after the due date.

Due to the limited types of entities that may participate in OTC derivative transactions, it is important for the parties to verify that each has the proper authorizations to participate in the transactions.

The ISDA contains a series of representations that address the internal and external authorizations a party must have to participate in OTC derivative transactions. These include but are not limited to representations that: i a party is duly organized and in good standing; ii it has the power to enter into the agreement; iii the entering into of a Master Agreement would not violate any law, provision of its organizational documents or any court order or judgment; iv no events of default, potential events of default or termination events have occurred or are continuing or would occur upon the execution of a Master Agreement; v no lawsuit has been filed against the party that could affect the validity, legality or enforceability of the Master Agreement; vi and all information provided to the other party in connection with the Master Agreement will be accurate.

It is common for parties to supplement these representations with additional representations in the Schedule, often addressing in greater detail the eligibility of the parties to engage in OTC derivative transactions and the arms-length relationship of the parties in any OTC derivative transaction. In recognition that circumstances may change after the execution of the Master Agreement, the Master Agreement requires that these representations be made at the time the Master Agreement is executed and are deemed repeated at the time any transaction is entered into.

The netting and set-off rights parties are given in the Master Agreement cause parties to calculate their financial exposure under OTC transactions on a net basis, i.

These calculations are made on a mark-to- market basis to reflect the current market position of each transaction. In support of these practices, the United States Bankruptcy Code exempts participants in OTC derivative transactions from the automatic stay provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and permits them to set- off obligations owed between the creditor and the bankrupt party even during the pendency of a bankruptcy stay order.

The Master Agreement provides the parties two means by which the Master Agreement and all transactions thereunder may be terminated upon the occurrence of specified events.

The first is the occurrence of an Event of Default, which permits a party to terminate the Master Agreement and liquidate all transactions if the other party is affected by an Event of Default.

In contrast, Termination Events may affect both parties, are usually the result of the actions of 8 third-parties, and may provide the affected party a grace period to cure the Termination Event before the other party may terminate and liquidate the Master Agreement.

The party responsible for or to whom an Event of Default applies is called the Defaulting Party and the other party is called the Non-defaulting Party.

If a Termination Event affects both parties, both parties are designated Affected Parties. An Affected Party is obligated to promptly notify the other party in detail of the occurrence of the Termination Event when it discovers that the Termination Event has occurred. Certain Termination Events require the parties to negotiate to permit the Affected Party to transfer its obligations to a different office or affiliate if doing so will cure the Termination Event. Once notice of an Early Termination Date is given, the early termination process is allowed to run its course even if the Event of Default or Termination Event ceases to exist before the Early Termination Date.

Further, once notice of the Early Termination Date has been given, no further payments or deliveries of collateral related to the transactions to be terminated on the Early Termination Date are required even though the Master Agreement is not terminated until the Early Termination Date. Upon the occurrence of the Early Termination Date, all transactions under a particular Master Agreement, as well as the Master Agreement itself, are terminated and liquidated at market values as of the Early Termination Date into a Settlement Amount.

Two important elections shape the liquidated value of the transactions. The first election is which of two methods to use in calculating the Settlement Amount. The First Method permits payment of a Settlement Amount only to the Non-defaulting or Non- affected Party; if the Non-defaulting Party or Non-affected Party would otherwise owe a settlement amount to the Defaulting Party or Affected Party, any such amount is deemed to be zero.

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The premise behind this method is that a party who defaults under the contract should not receive a benefit in the form of a Settlement Amount as a result of the default. The Second Method permits either party to receive a Settlement Amount, pursuant to the rationale that a 9 Defaulting Party should be entitled to the benefit of its contractual bargain so long as the Non- defaulting Party is kept whole.

The second election the parties make related to the Settlement Amount is whether to use the Market Quotations or Loss method to value the liquidated transactions.

The Market Quotations method uses the valuations of the liquidated transactions from various participants in the relevant OTC derivative market to calculate the Settlement Amount.

Regardless of the method chosen, any amounts payable with respect to the early termination and liquidation of transactions are subject to any set-off provisions agreed to by the parties.

These set-off provisions vary in their scope,30 but they permit the Non-defaulting party to elect whether to employ set-off and at a minimum allow the Non-defaulting Party to set-off any Settlement Amount it would owe to the Defaulting Party against any amounts the Defaulting Party owes to the Non-defaulting Party under the Master Agreement. The Master Agreement restricts assignment rights to ensure the parties can control the identity of their respective counterparty.

The assignment clause in the Master Agreement prohibits transfers without consent unless: i the transfer is made in conjunction with a merger, consolidation, or other business event where all or substantially all of the assets of the transferor have been transferred to the other entity; or ii the transfer is an assignment of amounts owed by the other party pursuant to an Early Termination.

The Master Agreement contains a set of boilerplate miscellaneous provisions intended to address issues in advance to prevent the issues from being the subject of a dispute between the parties at a later date. These provisions include an entirety clause, 32 a modification restriction,33 a statement that all remedies are cumulative,34 a counterparts provision,35 a waiver restriction,36 and a headings limitation.

While some states, such as Texas, may offer similar rights,38 this provision is particularly useful in both providing a broader right to recovery than most states offer and in eliminating any need to research the treatment of this issue by the particular jurisdiction whose law is chosen to govern the Master Agreement.

While the parties are free to elect the law of any jurisdiction to govern the Master Agreement, the most commonly chosen jurisdiction by energy trading and marketing counterparties is New York.

New York has a long history of addressing complex business issues in its statutes and for tackling complex business issues in the financial and commodities 10 industries. The Master Agreement also requires that the parties waive all immunities they may have to being sued or the exercise of any remedy against the party with immunity.

Parties to the Master Agreement should be aware that not all definitions are included in Section 14 of the Master Agreement but may be included in the text of the Master Agreement, the Annex, a Schedule, a Paragraph 13, or the separately published Commodity Definitions.

Annex The Annex is not required by the terms of the Master Agreement, but almost all parties using the Master Agreement also require the use of the Annex. The insistence on using the Annex stems from the fact that the Annex contains the vast majority of the credit terms related to a Master Agreement.

1992 ISDA Master Agreement and Schedule

Neither party is obligated to deliver or return collateral unless the amount to be transferred exceeds a minimum transfer amount, and any amount to be transferred is rounded to an agreed amount. If cash is posted as collateral, the Annex provides for the payment of interest on that cash amount each month by the secured party. If a party is not affected by an ongoing Event of Default or Termination Event, then it may freely use, commingle or otherwise dispose of collateral as it sees fit, provided that it must exercise the same standard of care as it would exercise toward its own property.

However, this flexibility also causes the inherent danger that a counterparty might utilize collateral given to it and not be 11 able to return the collateral when required under the Annex. This danger often causes parties to a Master Agreement to strike this provision. The Annex contains certain representations related to the collateral, including representations that a party has the power to grant a security interest in collateral transferred, it has the right to transfer collateral, the transfer of collateral will create a valid and perfected security interest for the benefit of the party receiving the collateral, and performance under the Annex will not create any security interest in the collateral other than any security interest created by the Annex.

The Annex concludes with a set of definitions, but as previously noted,45 this is by no means a comprehensive list. The Schedule and Paragraph 13 are used to make all amendments to and customizations of the Master Agreement and Annex, including the elections of the various options presented to the parties in the Master Agreement and Annex and the addition of provisions not contained in the Master Agreement.

The Schedule and Paragraph 13 contrast with the Master Agreement and Annex in that while the Master Agreement and Annex are always the same, it is rare for the forms of Schedule and Paragraph 13 of any two parties to be exactly alike.

The Schedule and Paragraph 13 are always separately executed from and in addition to the Master Agreement and Annex. Taxation[ edit ] Section 2 d of the ISDA Master Agreement contains provisions setting out the consequences if a tax is imposed on a payment required to be made by a party under a transaction.

Included is a gross-up obligation for certain "Indemnifiable Taxes". This interlocks with other provisions in the ISDA Master Agreement, such as the taxation representations contained in ss 3 e and 3 f , undertakings in ss 4 a and 4 d , and termination events in ss 5 b ii and 5 b iii. These provisions are extremely complex and great care is usually taken by negotiators to ensure that the result is not the opposite of what was intended.

Multi-branch issues[ edit ] Section 10 of the ISDA Master Agreement addresses issues that arise in connection with counterparties that enter into transactions through more than one office or branch and more than one jurisdiction. Schedule[ edit ] The Schedule and Paragraph 13 are used to make all amendments to and customisations of the Master Agreement and Annex, including the elections of the various options presented to the parties in the Master Agreement and Annex and the addition of provisions not contained in the Master Agreement.

It contains: the elections referred to in the Master Agreement, such as the payment measures and methods, the thresholds relating to certain events of default,and the offices through which parties can act; any amendments that the parties agree to make to the terms of the Master Agreement; and any additional terms that the parties want to include, such as a set-off clause between close-out amounts and amounts owing under other contracts.

The printed form of the Master Agreement is never amended on the face of the document. In negotiations it is not even exchanged, on the presumption that the standard terms will always be used. Credit support documentation[ edit ] There are various standard forms of credit support documentation prepared by ISDA.

The key distinctions between each include their governing law English, New York and Japanese and method of transfer of collateral title transfer and security interest. The English law Credit Support Annexes provide for title transfer collateral, whereas the English law Credit Support Deed provides for a security interest to be granted over transferred collateral.

The English law Credit Support Annexes are Confirmations, and the transactions constituted by them are Transactions, under the Master Agreement and therefore form part of the single agreement together with the Master Agreement. The English law Credit Support Deed, on the other hand, is a separate agreement between the parties.

The use of one or more credit support documents is optional but is common in Master Agreements for OTC derivative transactions. Credit support documentation is added where parties wish to provide for the exchange of collateral if the exposure under the derivative transactions covered by the credit support document of one party to the other exceeds an agreed amount.

The credit support documentation contains provisions concerning the posting and return of collateral, the types of collateral that may be used, and the treatment of collateral by the recipient. Confirmations[ edit ] Derivatives transactions are usually entered into orally or electronically and the contract between the parties is formed at this time. The evidence of the terms of the transaction is contained in a confirmation also known as a trading advice or contract note , usually a short letter, fax or email.

The form of the confirmation is set out in the Master Agreement and a limited period of time is usually allowed for objections or amendments to the confirmation after its receipt.

Confirmations are usually very short except for complex transactions and contain little more than dates, amounts, and rates. Confirmations are exchanged to minimise the possibility of a dispute as to the terms of a transaction occurring.

Definitions[ edit ] ISDA has produced a wide array of supporting materials for the Master Agreement, including definitions and user's guides. This documentation is designed to prevent disputes and to facilitate the consistent use and interpretation of the Master Agreement. These materials are produced by ISDA and are regularly updated to reflect the most recent regulatory or market changes.

In other cases parties amend the provision by stating that the litigation must have a material adverse effect on its ability to perform under the Agreement or upon the Agreement s enforceability. Please note that Sections 3 a ii , iv , v and 3 b and c capture Credit Support Documents entered into by parties to the Agreement.

Section 3 d Parties specify in Part 3 b of the Schedule, the categories of information to which this representation applies.

The test is rigorous the information must be true, accurate and complete in every material respect. In Chapter 8, I discuss this representation in connection with audited accounts see pages 8. Sections 3 e and 3 f In Sections 3 e and f , the parties state that the Payer and Payee Tax Representations they have made are true and accurate. These representations are made in Parts 2 a and b of the Schedule. Agreements Each party agrees with the other that, so long as either party has or may have any obligation under this Agreement or under any Credit Support Document to which it is a party:- a Furnish Specified Information.

It will use all reasonable efforts to maintain in full force and effect all consents of any governmental or other authority that are required to be obtained by it with respect to this Agreement or any Credit Support Document to which it is a party and will use all reasonable efforts to obtain any that may become necessary in the future.

It will comply in all material respects with all applicable laws and orders to which it may be subject if failure so to comply would materially impair its ability to perform its obligations under this Agreement or any Credit Support Document to which it is a party. Section 4 a Section 4 a records the agreement of each party to supply certain specified information. In Section 4 a i , they must state in the Schedule or in a Confirmation any tax related forms, documents or certificates which are required to be delivered and the timescales for such delivery.

Delivery will normally be to the other party but it can also be to a relevant government or tax authority. Section 4 a ii enables them to require delivery of financial statements, board resolutions, legal opinions, signatory lists and other appropriate documents for their contractual relationship.

Section 4 a iii states that one party may be required to send the other party or a government or tax authority certain forms or documents so as to permit the other party or its Credit Support Provider e.

Under Section 4 a iii of the Agreement, however, a party need not comply with this if doing so would materially prejudice its legal or commercial position. Where a timescale for compliance is not specified in the Schedule or a Confirmation, it must be done as soon as reasonably practicable.

Section 4 b The obligation is self-explanatory. Sometimes these authorisations are referred to in Part 3 b of the Schedule, e. A party must use all reasonable efforts to comply with this and any ongoing requirements in this respect.

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Section 4 c The obligation is self-explanatory. The test is if a party s failure to comply with laws would significantly impair its ability to perform its obligations under the Agreement or any Credit Support Document.

It must comply in all material respects which is a tougher standard than in Section 4 b. It will give notice of any failure of a representation made by it under Section 3 f to be accurate and true promptly upon learning of such failure.

Subject to Section 11, it will pay any Stamp Tax levied or imposed upon it or in respect of its execution or performance of this Agreement by a jurisdiction in which it is incorporated, organised, managed and controlled, or considered to have its seat, or in which a branch or office through which it is acting for the purpose of this Agreement is located Stamp Tax Jurisdiction and will indemnify the other party against any Stamp Tax levied or imposed upon the other party or in respect of the other party s execution or performance of this Agreement by any such Stamp Tax Jurisdiction which is not also a Stamp Tax Jurisdiction with respect to the other party.

Where such notice is not given and a payer has to pay a withholding tax, the payee will need to indemnify the payer for the tax, interest and any penalties thereon except where the failure of the Payee Tax Representation is due to a Change in Tax Law which is beyond the payee s control.

An example of such a situation would be where a tax authority decided that the nature of a payee s business made it ineligible for tax treaty benefits. Section 4 e Each party agrees to pay Stamp Taxes imposed on it by its home or branch jurisdiction and indemnify the other party against such Stamp Taxes if their jurisdiction is not the same.

Section 4 e is subordinate to the Section 11 remit that a Defaulting Party has, upon demand, to indemnify the Nondefaulting Party against certain Stamp Taxes. The indemnification only applies in a cross-border situation. Events of Default are common in loan agreements Termination Events far less so.

Both Events of Default and Termination Events can be triggered by either party or by a condition or event involving a third party, e. Section 5 a covers Events of Default where only one party is culpable and there are eight of them. A Specified Entity is essentially another member or members in a party s group whom you want to join through the Schedule into certain Events of Default and Termination Events.

The aim is to draw in those members of a party s group such as its parent or asset rich fellow subsidiaries whose relationship is so close to the contracting party that if an Event of Default happened to them it would be very likely to affect the contracting party too. The same reasoning applies to Credit Support Providers. A Credit Support Provider is a third party providing security or a guarantee for a party s liabilities.

It can also be one of the parties to the Agreement providing security for itself e. In the Agreement it is in a separate category and there is no need to do this. The Credit Support Provider is also mentioned in Section 4 a iii in relation to providing tax forms.

The various Events of Default are now reviewed. The occurrence at any time with respect to a party or, if applicable, any Credit Support Provider of such party or any Specified Entity of such party of any of the following events constitutes an event of default an Event of Default with respect to such party:- i Failure to Pay or Deliver.

Failure by the party to make, when due, any payment under this Agreement or delivery under Section 2 a i or 2 e required to be made by it if such failure is not remedied on or before the third Local Business Day after notice of such failure is given to the party; ii Breach of Agreement. Failure by the party to comply with or perform any agreement or obligation other than an obligation to make any payment under this Agreement or delivery under Section 2 a i or 2 e or to give notice of a Termination Event or any agreement or obligation under Section 4 a i , 4 a iii or 4 d to be complied with or performed by the party in accordance with this Agreement if such failure is not remedied on or before the thirtieth day after notice of such failure is given to the party; 56 29 Section 5 a i Section 5 a i covers a party s failure to make any payment or delivery when due under Section 2 a i or 2 e of the Agreement after a grace period of three Local Business Days following notice.

The ISDA Master Agreement drafters chose this length of grace period because they believed it might take longer to terminate an Agreement than a loan agreement, for instance, where the failure to pay grace period is usually shorter.

This thinking has changed as we shall see in Chapter 4. Section 5 a ii Section 5 a ii covers a failure by either party to comply with any agreement or obligation under the Agreement by the expiry of a day grace period following notice. The following are excluded from this provision: any obligations covered by the Failure to Pay or Deliver Event of Default which has a shorter grace period of three Local Business Days ; any failure to give notice of a Termination Event.

The thinking here is that this failure should not be treated as an Event of Default when the subject of the notice could well be a less serious Termination Event; any failure to comply with certain tax related agreements or obligations contained in Section 4 of the Agreement since denial of payment gross up is the penalty. Since such events are subject to different treatment elsewhere, it was considered that per se they should not give rise to an Event of Default under Section 5 a ii.

Examples of breaches of agreement could include failure to maintain authorisations as required in Section 4 b or failure to provide accounting information or a legal opinion within an agreed deadline.

Some parties consider the day grace period to be too long and seek to reduce it in the Schedule to days.

A representation other than a representation under Section 3 e or f made or repeated or deemed to have been made or repeated by the party or any Credit Support Provider of such party in this Agreement or any Credit Support Document proves to have been incorrect or misleading in any material respect when made or repeated or deemed to have been made or repeated; 58 31 Section 5 a iii The Credit Support Provider first appears here in the Events of Default.

Section 5 a iii first applies to a party if a Credit Support Document is provided by or on behalf of that party and is identified as such with its nature described in Part 4 f of the Schedule or in the Credit Support Document itself.

If the Credit Support Document is a third party guarantee, the name of the guarantor would be specified as a Credit Support Provider in Part 4 g of the Schedule since this Event of Default also applies to a party s outside Credit Support Provider s. An English Law ISDA Credit Support Annex entered into by either party to the Agreement should not be specified in Part 4 f and g of the Schedule because it is a title transfer document under which ownership of the collateral passes to the other party.

This Event of Default is triggered if: a party or its Credit Support Provider s breaches a Credit Support Document and the breach persists beyond any agreed grace period; or the Credit Support Document becomes ineffective before discharge of all obligations under related Transactions without the other party s written consent; or a party or a Credit Support Provider repudiates or disowns its Credit Support Document.

Section 5 a iv Section 5 a iv applies to certain representation breaches but excludes tax representations where gross up would be denied if misrepresentation occurred made in the Agreement or in a Credit Support Document by a party or a Credit Support Provider which result in the representations made being materially misleading or incorrect. It is important to remember that most representations under the Agreement are deemed to be repeated with each new Transaction.Set-off[ edit ] Set-off is used as a final settlement of accounts that extinguishes the mutual debts owed between the parties in exchange for a new, net amount due.

Events of Default are common in loan agreements Termination Events far less so. Under Section 4 a iii of the Agreement, however, a party need not comply with this if doing so would materially prejudice its legal or commercial position. The basic payment netting position is single Transaction netting, i. Withholding taxes can arise in three ways: incorrect initial analysis that no withholding tax applied; a change in Tax Law or similar legal development; a change of facts relating to either the payer or payee which occurs after a Transaction is entered.

The election may be made in the Schedule or a Confirmation by specifying that subparagraph ii above will not apply to the Transactions identified as being subject to the election, together with the starting date in which case subparagraph ii above will not, or will cease to, apply to such Transactions from such date. It must comply in all material respects which is a tougher standard than in Section 4 b.

It contains: the elections referred to in the Master Agreement, such as the payment measures and methods, the thresholds relating to certain events of default,and the offices through which parties can act; any amendments that the parties agree to make to the terms of the Master Agreement; and any additional terms that the parties want to include, such as a set-off clause between close-out amounts and amounts owing under other contracts.

This is particularly desirable for energy trading and marketing companies who will typically trade in both the physical and financial sides of one or more commodities and therefore have multiple contracts between counterparties in order to avoid a circumstance where the Non-defaulting or Non-affected Party was required to pay the other party under one agreement with no reasonable expectation of payment by the other party under another agreement.

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