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Our lawyers work across multiple jurisdictions on a wide array of mainstream and specialist derivatives and structured finance products, including standalone hedging products and hedging in connection with larger financing transactions. 

Our teams advise clients across the region on the transactional, regulatory, legal and tax issues involved. Among our clients are regional and global financial institutions, Africa-based companies, multinationals, and investment and pensions funds. 

Local insights, global outlook: our teams in 20 African countries understand the specific political, financial, regulatory and economic issues. You also have access to the global resources of an Africa team with more than 200 lawyers in key financial centers including Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. 

Coordinating with global teams to deliver value for clients, our lawyers have deep experience in transaction management and supporting compliance in complex regulatory environments, including the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and other derivatives regulations. We help clients to understand different regimes and advise on regulatory developments affecting derivatives in different jurisdictions. 

Key capabilities include: 

  • derivatives: 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
  • 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 (GMRA and GMSLA versions or locally drafted), cross-netting agreements, credit-linked and other structured notes
  • hedging products, including securitizations and synthetic structures utilizing derivative instruments to transfer risk 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.