EX 23 dexhtm ISDA MASTER AGREEMENT of the Schedule and the other provisions of this Master Agreement, the Schedule will prevail. ISDA. International Swap Dealers Association, Inc. MASTER AGREEMENT the Definitions; and (v) the preprinted form of ISDA Master Agreement and. Wide Area Information Servers Project Documentation, Scanned and uploaded in
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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.
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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. This could arise through a change of status or business resulting in the party being no longer eligible for tax treaty benefits.
If a withholding tax is levied because of a change of facts the responsible party will need to pay it or suffer it but will have no right to call a Tax Event Termination Event see commentary on Section 5 b ii.
Going through the various points, if a withholding tax is levied on a payer, it must: promptly notify the payee of this; promptly pay the withholding tax calculated or assessed to the tax authorities; promptly send the payee satisfactory documentation evidencing the tax payment to the authorities; and pay the equivalent of the withholding tax together with the net payment to the payee so that it ends up with the amount it originally anticipated. The ISDA Master Agreement 41 14 Mastering the ISDA Master Agreements and A the failure by Y to comply with or perform any agreement contained in Section 4 a i , 4 a iii or 4 d ; or B the failure of a representation made by Y pursuant to Section 3 f to be accurate and true unless such failure would not have occurred but for I any action taken by a taxing authority, or brought in a court of competent jurisdiction, on or after the date on which a Transaction is entered into regardless of whether such action is taken or brought with respect to a party to this Agreement or II a Change in Tax Law.
It aims to indemnify a party adversely affected by it, usually a payee. It arises because the payer has decided to do business with a foreign payee. However, A and B in the text opposite provide two exceptions to this.
The payee will not receive a payment grossed up for withholding tax where it has failed to provide any tax documentation necessary to the payer or a Payee Tax Representation it has made has becomes false, unless this has happened because of tax authority or court action or a Change in Tax Law.
Let s take an example to illustrate this. This is because the obligation to indemnify applies to gross payments. Similar provisions are common in loan agreements where cross-border payments have to be made.
If:- 1 X is required by any applicable law, as modified by the practice of any relevant governmental revenue authority, to make any deduction or withholding in respect of which X would not be required to pay an additional amount to Y under Section 2 d i 4 ; 2 X does not so deduct or withhold; and 3 a liability resulting from such Tax is assessed directly against X, then, except to the extent Y has satisfied or then satisfies the liability resulting from such Tax, Y will promptly pay to X the amount of such liability including any related liability for interest, but including any related liability for penalties only if Y has failed to comply with or perform any agreement contained in Section 4 a i , 4 a iii or 4 d.
Prior to the occurrence or effective designation of an Early Termination Date in respect of the relevant Transaction, a party that defaults in the performance of any payment obligation will, to the extent permitted by law and subject to Section 6 c , be required to pay interest before as well as after judgment on the overdue amount to the other party on demand in the same currency as such overdue amount, for the period from and including the original due date for payment to but excluding the date of actual payment, at the Default Rate.
Such interest will be calculated on the basis of daily compounding and the actual number of days elapsed. If, prior to the occurrence or effective designation of an Early Termination Date in respect of the relevant Transaction, a party defaults in the performance of any obligation required to be settled by delivery, it will compensate the other party on demand if and to the extent provided for in the relevant Confirmation or elsewhere in this Agreement.
In these circumstances, the payee will indemnify the payer for that withholding tax, any interest on it or any other penalty for failing to provide the payer with necessary tax documentation so that, inter alia, the payer could avoid the withholding tax or pay it at a reduced rate.
Section 2 e This means that late payments in the normal course will attract interest at the Default Rate i. If an Early Termination Date occurs Section 6 c , interest on overdue amounts will accrue as provided in Section 6 d ii. During ISDA Working Group meetings there was no agreement on how to apply the concept of default interest to physically settled transactions.
Section 2 e provides that compensation for late delivery will be determined as provided in the relevant Confirmation or elsewhere in this Agreement. Representations Each party represents to the other party which representations will be deemed to be repeated by each party on each date on which a Transaction is entered into and, in the case of the representations in Section 3 f , at all times until the termination of this Agreement that:- a Basic Representations.
It is duly organised and validly existing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organisation or incorporation and, if relevant under such laws, in good standing; ii Powers. It has the power to execute this Agreement and any other documentation relating this Agreement to which it is a party, to deliver this Agreement and any other documentation relating to this Agreement that it is required by this Agreement to deliver and to perform its obligations under this Agreement and any obligations it has under any Credit Support Document to which it is a party and has taken all necessary action to authorise such execution, delivery and performance; iii No Violation or Conflict.
Such execution, delivery and performance do not violate or conflict with any law applicable to it, any provision of its constitutional documents, any order or judgment of any court or other agency of government applicable to it or any of its assets or any contractual restriction binding on or affecting it or any of its assets; iv Consents.
All governmental and other consents that are required to have been obtained by it with respect to this Agreement or any Credit Support Document to which it is a party have been obtained and are in full force and effect and all conditions of any such consents have been complied with; and v Obligations Binding.
Its obligations under this Agreement and any Credit Support Document to which it is a party constitute its legal, valid and binding obligations, enforceable in accordance with their respective terms subject to applicable bankruptcy, reorganisation, insolvency, moratorium or similar laws affecting creditors rights generally and subject, as to enforceability, to equitable principles of general application regardless of whether enforcement is sought in a proceeding in equity or at law.
These representations are considered to be repeated each time a new Transaction is undertaken between the parties and the Payee Tax Representations in Section 3 f are deemed made at all times until the termination of the Agreement. This is because payments need to be made periodically throughout the lives of the Transactions. Many of these representations are commonly seen in loan agreements.
Where parties are very active and enter into hundreds of deals over several years they should take care in agreeing representations which would require constant monitoring over the lives of deals so as to avoid a Misrepresentation Event of Default under Section 5 a iv if a representation became untrue.
The basic representations in Section 3 a are largely self explanatory and are: each party is properly organised and has a valid legal existence in its jurisdiction of incorporation; each party has the power and is authorised to execute, deliver and perform under the Agreement, related documentation and any Credit Support Document which it is providing itself e.
A party s capacity and authority to enter into derivatives transactions are vital to the Agreement s effectiveness as we shall see in Chapter 5 on legal issues ; such actions do not conflict with a party s legal obligations, constitutional documents or any court or government agency order relating to its assets or any contractual restriction on them; each party has obtained any necessary government or other consents for the Agreement or any Credit Support Document and ensured that such consents are in full force and effect and fully complied with by the party concerned; and each party s obligations under the Agreement or any Credit Support Document constitute legal, valid and binding obligations enforceable against it subject to insolvency laws or general equitable legal principles.
This is regardless of whether proceedings take place under common law or in equity. However, it is important that the Agreement or any Credit Support Document does not offend the public policy rules of any jurisdiction where you may seek to enforce it.
Provided the Agreement is not, for instance, solely used for gambling purposes, this is not likely. No Event of Default or Potential Event of Default or, to its knowledge, Termination Event with respect to it has occurred and is continuing and no such event or circumstance would occur as a result of its entering into or performing its obligations under this Agreement or any Credit Support Document to which it is a party.
There is not pending or, to its knowledge, threatened against it or any of its Affiliates any action, suit or proceeding at law or in equity or before any court, tribunal, governmental body, agency or official or any arbitrator that is likely to affect the legality, validity or enforceability against it of this Agreement or any Credit Support Document to which it is a party or its ability to perform its obligations under this Agreement or such Credit Support Document.
All applicable information that is furnished in writing by or on behalf of it to the other party and is identified for the purpose of this Section 3 d in the Schedule is, as of the date of the information, true, accurate and complete in every material respect. Each representation specified in the Schedule as being made by it for the purpose of this Section 3 e is accurate and true. Each representation specified in the Schedule as being made by it the purpose of this Section 3 f is accurate and true.
Section 3 c Absence of Litigation deals with actual and threatened litigation against a party and its Affiliates i.
Some market players seek to delete Affiliates by a Schedule amendment as, with a widely spread group like a major bank, it may not know of such litigation affecting its Affiliates in other parts of the world. These terms are explained in the commentary on Section 5.
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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. For example, assume that an option writer sells a financially- settled call option to a counterparty giving the counterparty the right to payment if natural gas prices exceed a specified strike price.
Once the option writer has collected the premium, it will not be entitled to any further payments under the transaction. Swaps Swaps are privately negotiated OTC derivatives that are not traded on organized exchanges. In a swap transaction, two parties agree to exchange a series of payments based on different instruments. An example of a swap would involve Party A, the holder of a fixed-price natural gas position, entering into a swap with Party B, the holder of an index-price natural gas position.
Party A, seeking to participate in the natural gas market price volatility, would agree to pay Party B the fixed price of natural gas and in exchange would be paid a market-sensitive index price by Party B, who would enter into the transaction with the goal of reducing its risk exposure to price volatility.
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If the index price rises above the fixed price, Party 2 B will be obligated to pay Party A the difference between the two prices. On the other hand, if the index price falls below the fixed price, Party A would be obligated to pay Party B the difference between the two prices.
The Master Agreement does not contain provisions relating to the physical delivery of any energy commodity or the download or sale of exchange-traded securities. Any sale for exchange-traded securities should be made using a registered broker, and any transaction for the download and sale of physical commodities should be made pursuant to an agreement with provisions relating to issues such as title transfer, transportation, metering and delivery points.
The Master Agreement should only be used to document transactions that are settled on a financial basis. Two versions of the Master Agreement may be used. The existence of two versions permit parties to elect a version that may be used internationally and with multiple currencies or a form that omits any terms, such as multi-jurisdictional tax provisions, not applicable to transactions in a single jurisdiction.
The Annex contains extensive provisions concerning the posting and return of collateral, the types of collateral that may be used, and the treatment of collateral by the secured party. The Master Agreement has extensive supporting documentation. 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. The Master Agreement is designed to control multiple transactions. The Master Agreement sets forth all of the general terms and conditions necessary to properly allocate the risks of the transactions between the parties but does not contain any commercial terms specific to a particular transaction.
Once the Master Agreement is executed, the parties can enter into numerous transactions by agreeing to the material commercial terms over the telephone as evidenced by a written confirmation without any need to revisit the underlying terms contained in the Master Agreement. The Master Agreement is the basis for other energy-related contracts. Many of the standard form agreements now in use in the energy industry can trace many of their provisions and their treatment of certain issues to the Master Agreement.
The Master Agreement is widely used by a variety of counterparties. Although it is often viewed as a tool for banks and financial companies, the Master Agreement is widely used by a wide variety of counterparties.
Producers, energy traders, and large end users all utilize the Master Agreement and OTC derivatives to reduce their energy commodity risk, while investors including banks and insurance companies may use the Master Agreement to reduce risks in their portfolios or to speculate on movements in the energy markets.
The Master Agreement is in no way limited in its use or restricted to a small population of users. The Master Agreement provides significant credit protection to its users. The Master Agreement reduces legal risk. The Master Agreement significantly diminishes three legal risks parties assume when they enter into OTC derivative transactions.
First, it improves the enforceability of oral transactions so parties can enter into transactions by phone rather than waiting to exchange executed written confirmations. Second, it contains numerous representations to ensure that both parties abide by all regulatory requirements related to the OTC derivative transactions and that neither party will violate federal law or incur unanticipated tax obligations by virtue of entering into OTC derivative transactions with the other party.
The Master Agreement reduces contract risk. Liquidity risk is the risk that a party may not be able to enter into or terminate a needed transaction. By having a Master Agreement and the early termination and liquidation and set- off rights it contains, parties significantly reduce their liquidity risk. The Master Agreement also increases the number of transactions parties can enter into due to their ability to net credit exposure, thereby increasing the liquidity of the OTC derivative market as a whole.
The Master Agreement facilitates the documentation process. By standardizing the terms of OTC derivative transactions, the Master Agreement enables parties to engage in more transactions while requiring less time and expense to put the transactions in place.
The need for a standard swap agreement arose prior to the deregulation of the United States energy markets. The result was the formation of the International Swap Dealers Association in ISDA was created to encourage the prudent and efficient development of the OTC derivative markets by: i promoting practices conducive to the efficient conduct of the business; ii promoting the development of sound risk management practices; iii fostering high standards of commercial conduct; iv advancing international public understanding of the business; v educating members and others on legislative, regulatory, legal, accounting, tax, operational, technological and other issues affecting them; and vi creating a forum for the analysis and discussion of and representing the common interest of its members on these issues and developments.
The result has been the development of the Master Agreement and the Annex. ISDA initially consisted of 11 members whose goal was to develop standard definitions for terms typically found in swap agreements. There are Associate Members service providers consisting of professional firms and corporations, and Subscribers such as end-users make up the remaining members. The Master Agreement is quite lengthy, and the negotiation process can be burdensome, but once a Master Agreement is signed, the documentation of future transactions between parties is reduced to a brief confirmation of the material terms of the transaction.
The confirmation automatically becomes part of and is governed by the general terms established in the Master Agreement.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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. Each type of derivative transaction, such as credit derivative , currency derivatives, and equity derivatives have their own definitional booklet.
Netting[ edit ] The Master Agreement allows 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 position of each transaction. 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 transactions.
Most counterparties also agree to net all amounts due on a single day regardless of whether amounts are due under a single or multiple transactions. 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. The parties are incentivized to pay in a timely manner by the imposition of interest on any amounts paid after the due date.
In support of this practice, 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. Authority and capacity[ edit ] The principles for resolving the issue as to whether an individual has the authority to bind the company are not special to derivatives, they are derived from traditional agency law.
In essence it is necessary to examine the relevant circumstances to determine whether the individual had the actual or apparent authority to bind the company to the transaction.
It is common for parties to exchange authorised signatory lists of persons who have authority to execute confirmations and refer to this in the Schedule to the ISDA Master Agreement. However, this does not mean that this is determinative of the authority issue, and a person not on one of these lists may have the authority to sign a confirmation. As a matter of market practice, this issue is dealt with on the understanding that institutions are responsible for their own internal authorisation matters and that any person who is held out as being able to enter into OTC derivative transactions has the apparent authority to do so.
Reliance and suitability[ edit ] One area in which a party to an OTC transaction can be attacked by its counterparty, if the transactions "goes south", is if the counterparty was relying on the party in relation to the transaction and the party owes either some kind of fiduciary relationship to the counterparty or has engaged in misleading conduct in inducing the counterparty to enter into the trade.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.
The argument for using the First Method is that a defaulting party should not be rewarded for its default. 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.
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. It has the power to execute this Agreement and any other documentation relating this Agreement to which it is a party, to deliver this Agreement and any other documentation relating to this Agreement that it is required by this Agreement to deliver and to perform its obligations under this Agreement and any obligations it has under any Credit Support Document to which it is a party and has taken all necessary action to authorise such execution, delivery and performance; iii No Violation or Conflict.
What this means is that in a close-out situation, the values of all Transactions between the parties are calculated and netted off against each other so as to produce a single figure payable one way or the other. These events, including the liquidation of Hong Kong broker-dealer Peregrine Investments Holdings and the Russian financial crisis , tested the ISDA documentation to a previously unseen degree.
The Master Agreement does not contain provisions relating to the physical delivery of any energy commodity or the download or sale of exchange-traded securities. For example, assume that an option writer sells a financially- settled call option to a counterparty giving the counterparty the right to payment if natural gas prices exceed a specified strike price.
If an Early Termination Date occurs Section 6 c , interest on overdue amounts will accrue as provided in Section 6 d ii.
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