Our Derivatives team provides advice on a wide variety of derivatives, including interest rate and currency swaps, credit default swaps, bond financing hedges, guaranteed investment contracts, credit and equity total return swaps, ISDA master swap documentation (1992 and 2002 versions) and credit support documentation.

In addition, we provide advice on equity and equity-indexed swaps, commodity and commodity-indexed swaps, option transactions of all types, forward transactions, prime brokerage relationships, master and global master repurchase and securities lending agreements (whether GMRA and GMSLA versions or locally drafted agreements), cross-netting agreements, credit-linked and other structured notes.

Many of our instructions involve hedging products as part of (and as often required by) larger financing transactions, including securitizations and synthetic structures utilising derivative instruments to transfer risk. Our derivatives lawyers coordinate with lawyers in all areas of the firm to provide maximum value for our clients.

DLA Piper is able to assist clients who are considering the extent they must comply with EMIR, the Dodd-Frank Act and other derivatives regulation around the globe. Our crossborder team can explain the parallels and conflicts between the European and US derivatives regulatory regimes and advise on regulatory developments affecting the derivatives market in many jurisdictions, including Asia.