Banking & Finance

Derivatives & Structured Products

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

King & Wood Mallesons clients, 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), key legal advisor to the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) and provide the Australian law industry opinions on which market participants rely every day.

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.

Our team works with clients and their regulators on the changing derivatives regulatory landscape, particularly relating to the implementation of  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 & Settlement of Structured & Complex Derivatives
  • Structured Product Law, including Retail & Wholesale Structured Financial Market Products
  • Prime Brokerage
  • Netting, Set-Off & Collateral issues
  • Derivatives Regulation
  • Financial Market Infrastructure
  • Derivative Disputes and Defaults.

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.

Award-winning experience

Highlights of our work include advising the industry on the adoption of smart contracts in the derivatives marketplace, advising governments and regulators on law reforms affecting the Australian derivatives market, and advising the ASX on the creation of the Australian Clearing House for over-the-counter derivatives. This won the award for the most innovative financial and capital markets matter in Asia-Pacific in the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers awards. We have also been recognised by IFLR Asia Awards as the Structured Finance & Securitisation Team of the Year.

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