Archive:July 2024

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Where to Next for ASIC? Senate Economics References Committee Releases its Report
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ISDA Publishes Framework to Facilitate Close-Out of Derivatives Contracts

Where to Next for ASIC? Senate Economics References Committee Releases its Report

By: Daniel Knight and Simon Kiburg

On 3 July the Senate Economics References Committee handed down its report on ASIC. The Senate referred an inquiry into ASIC in October of 2022 to examine the capacity and capability of ASIC to undertake proportionate investigation and enforcement action arising from reports of alleged misconduct. The report is generally critical of ASIC’s performance as a corporate regulator. The report identifies several key issues. Chief among these is the broad remit of ASIC, ASICs approach to investigation and enforcement, and ASICs wider culture.

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ISDA Publishes Framework to Facilitate Close-Out of Derivatives Contracts

By: Kenneth Holston, Cheryl L. Isaac, Matthew J. Rogers, Jordan A. Knight, and Bradley D. Bostwick

On 27 June 2024, ISDA published the ISDA Close-out Framework, an interactive decision tree that market participants can use to help prepare for potential terminations of collateralized derivatives contracts that are documented under an ISDA Master Agreement. The ISDA Close-out Framework was launched in response to the March 2023 failures of Signature Bank and Silicon Valley Bank, which shed light on the complexities of terminating swaps and other over-the-counter derivatives in the multifaceted post-financial crisis swap regulatory regimes. ISDA designed this framework in response to feedback from the derivatives industry that factors such as segregated margin and stays on the exercise of termination rights and remedies makes terminating and closing out derivatives contracts increasingly complex.

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