Derivatives & Structured Products

Derivatives & Structured Products - Australia

A team at the cutting edge of derivatives and structured finance law

As a King & Wood Mallesons client, you are working with a law firm that has been at the forefront of developments in the Australian derivatives marketplace since its creation. We are Australian counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and key legal advisor to the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA).

Advising key stakeholders

Major stakeholders in the Australian industry benefit from our legal advice on derivatives and structured finance, including regulators, governments, clearing and settlement systems and financial institutions. We advise them on key areas of complex derivative transactions, sophisticated netting and collateral arrangements, the web of derivative regulation, the emergence of financial market infrastructure and the resolution of derivative defaults and disputes.

Most recently, our team has been working with clients and their regulators on the rapidly changing derivatives regulatory landscape, particularly relating to the implementation of the G20 global derivative reforms.

Advising across the full spectrum of derivatives and structured products, our team has deep experience with:

  • Derivative transaction law, including the creation and settlement of structured and complex derivatives
  • Structured product law, including retail and wholesale structured financial market products
  • Netting, set-off and collateral laws
  • Derivatives regulation
  • Financial market infrastructure law
  • Dispute and default law.

Our experience includes advising a wide range of buy-side and sell-side financial institutions, derivative end-users, domestic and international financial market infrastructure providers, industry bodies and government entities.

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Award-winning experience

Highlights of our work include advising the Australian Securities Exchange on the creation of the Australian Clearing House for over-the-counter derivatives. This matter won the award for the most innovative financial and capital markets matter in Asia-Pacific in the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers awards.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

Last night, two critical steps in the long march of Australia’s derivative reforms were taken.

29 May 2015

ASIC publishes amendments to its Derivative Transaction Rules - what's changed, what hasn't and the alternative test relating to nexus transactions.

17 February 2015

Treasury permanently extends end user exemption and allows 3B Reporting Entities to undertake single-sided reporting where certain conditions are met.

22 December 2014

The Murray FSI Report has made a total of 44 recommendations, seeking to promote a resilient, efficient and fair financial system in Australia.

07 December 2014