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The ISDA Lab is the first online course of its kind that not only teaches you all you need to know about an ISDA® Master Agreement, but gives you all the information you need to negotiate it like a pro!

Enrolment for the ISDA Lab will be opening soon with a limited number of seats available for the VIP study. Go ahead and join the waitlist and I will notify you when the ISDA Lab opens!

The ISDA Lab

Your ultimate step-by-step practical guide to understanding and negotiating the ISDA® Master Agreements

What Is the ISDA Lab?

The ISDA Master Agreement (“ISDA”) is the most frequently used trading agreement for documenting over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivatives. It is used by banks, hedge funds, corporates and even individuals who meet the required eligibility criteria. Despite its popularity, the ISDA is commonly taught in-house, with only a few courses available on the market.

The ISDA Lab is designed to provide you with a full overview of the most important aspects of negotiating ISDAs. It is the first online course that provides a holistic, practical approach to the ISDA documentation, including explaining the structure of the agreement, addressing the key operational, KYC on-boarding processes and providing an overview of the most frequently negotiated provisions.

The ISDA Lab is taught in short, digestible lessons, to allow you pick, choose and consume content as you want and need it. All in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. If you decide to take the course, you will gain access to a wealth of practical knowledge and experience, including real examples, drafting modifications and negotiation tips.

With over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, I’ve taken everything I’ve seen and learnt, from managing an international team of paralegals and ISDA negotiators for Credit Suisse in Poland, to heading a busy team of lawyers at Man Group in London, and turned into the ISDA Lab. Think of it as the ultimate ISDA roadmap and key resource for “all things ISDA”, to help you understand the key features of the agreement and give you the tools to negotiate it with full confidence!

What is the ISDA Lab promise?

The ISDA Lab is a step-by-step practical ISDA knowledge guide and negotiation course, designed to:

The ISDA Lab offers both a buy-side and a sell-side perspective and is packed with plenty of useful, practical tips, drafting examples and lessons learnt!

What is inside the ISDA Lab course?

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Module One

Building Your ISDA Foundation

Inside of module one, I will walk you through what is ISDA, how it works, its key features and benefits and why do we use it. We will talk about the close-out netting mechanism and the importance of legal opinions. I will also explain the overall ISDA documentation architecture. This module gives you a unique perspective on the fundamentals of the world of ISDA.

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Module Two

Understanding the 2002 ISDA Documentation

In module two, we will discuss the 2002 ISDA in more detail and I will present a section-by-section overview of the entire agreement. I will also provide you with a summary of the main differences between the 1992 and 2002 versions of the ISDA and share some tips on how to decide which version to use. This module will leave you prepared for the ISDA negotiations ahead!

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Module Three

Negotiating the ISDA Schedule

Inside of module three, I will discuss the structure of the ISDA Schedule and walk you through the most frequently negotiated provisions, including some practical examples of the common amendments, with the main focus on the termination events. I will share my top drafting tips and tell you how to make sure that your negotiation is always a success story!

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Module Four

The Behind the Scenes of ISDA Negotiations

Module four is all about operational and on-boarding considerations when negotiating ISDAs. We will discuss the on-boarding process, forms that need to be completed, KYC challenges and the execution of documents. Understanding what happens “behind the scenes” and begin able to navigate your way around any ISDA related issues will give you an additional advantage!

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Module Five

The Industry Secrets

Every industry has its secrets, like airline companies raise the price on their website every time you come back or the fact that most computer problems can be fixed by turning it off and on again. Inside of module five, I will share some tricks of the trade, unique drafting tips and negotiation techniques; all the methods I’ve tried, tested and perfected over the years - all to help you achieve success in your career ahead!

FAQ

Is the ISDA Lab right for you?

ISDA Lab is for you if you are…

From graduates to existing industry professionals - there is room for you at the table!

Why should you choose the ISDA Lab?

What is the course like?

The course is an online training, which consists of short and digestible lessons wrapped into 5 core modules delivered over the course of 5 weeks. Each lesson is a set of presentation slides with the pre-recorded audio.

Depending on the study option that works best for you, you can either choose to learn independently or go through a “live” course experience over 5 weeks. ISDA Lab goes “live” a few times a year – to sign up for enrolment updates, please join our waiting list here.

When you join ISDA Lab, you will get immediate access to the fist module where you’ll start building your ISDA knowledge foundation. This module will set you up for success and prepare for more in-depth discussions.

From there, you will be given access to one module per week, so that you have ample time to dive into the lessons and try, test and execute that portion of the knowledge before moving onto the next. I do this to protect your time, attention and focus, while sparing you from the overwhelm.

How much is the ISDA Lab?

The cost of the ISDA Lab varies depending on the option that works best for you. The Independent Study, which includes the entire digital course starts at £388. Please head over to the Derivatives Lab Academy for more information.

Have more questions about the ISDA Lab?

Please head over to the Contact page and send us a message!

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JOIN THE WAITLIST

The ISDA Lab™ is the first online course of its kind that not only teaches you all you need to know about an ISDA® Master Agreement, but gives you all the information you need to negotiate it like a pro!

Enrolment for the ISDA Lab will be opening soon with a limited number of seats available for the VIP study. Go ahead and join the waitlist and I will notify you when the ISDA Lab opens!