ISDA Seminar

Understanding and Negotiating ISDA Master Agreement OTC Documentation

By Dr. Nick Skrekas, International Lawyer, Financial Analyst and Author

Swaps and derivatives have become more and more complex and have come under closer regulatory scrutiny as their notional values exceeds even the combined world GDP. As the range of users and applications of swaps and derivatives increase, so the legal and documentation problems become more difficult and require ever-more sophisticated techniques.


In this seminar you will learn the law, finance and how to negotiate the 1992 and 2002 ISDA Master Agreements as well as their Schedules. These documents have become the de facto global standard for the global OTC derivatives trade with a notional value of above $700 Trillion. It is estimated that 90% for all OTC derivatives are documented by the ISDA Master Agreement framework so it vital to master this documentation.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain essential hands on experience of documenting swaps and other derivatives
  • Perform intensive case studies on 1992 and 2002 ISDA® Master Agreements, Schedules and Agreement Confirmations.
  • Protect your organisation against potential problem areas such as default, capacity, insolvency, enforcement, and regulation
  • Learn to structure agreement “fixes” to ISDA® Agreements
  • Learn about prime brokers, central counterparties and the new derivatives regime in the US and Europe
  • Understand the finance, law and how to negotiate the ISDA Master Agreement framework.

Who should attend this training course?

  • In-house lawyers in banks and securities houses
  • Bankers involved in complex financings using swaps and derivatives
  • Senior documentation staff
  • Compliance officers
  • Lawyers in private practice
  • Bankers who want to know more about legal issues
  • Accountants who have to document and advise on swap transactions
  • Lawyers with corporations and fund houses
  • Lawyers working for corporations, governments and financial institutions
  • Lawyers and accountants in private practice who advise clients on the above categories
  • Traders, Hedge Fund and Private Equity Managers and Fund Managers
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DATES: 18, 19 June

DURATION: 14 Hours

LOCATION: EIMF Premises, Nicosia

TIME: 09:00 - 17:15

FEES: €350 + VAT


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Instructor: Dr. Nick Skrekas

Dr. Nick Skrekas is an international lawyer and financial analyst who has worked at top law firms, as an expert on EU projects, as well as an acclaimed consultant. He also has a background as a specialist writer in cutting edge financial media like The Wall Street Journal and has authored two books for Thomson Reuters.


He has deep experience in syndicated loans representing both multi-million lenders and prime borrowers, corporate finance, project finance, finance, equipment finance, shipping and aircraft finance. He is also a specialist in international banking and business law.


Dr. Skrekas has been training bankers, CEOs, CFOs, lawyer and business executives in areas like finance and law across the world since 2004. He has recently advised some top 4 Greek banks in rationalization portfolios and consolidating their international presence.


Dr. Skrekas has a Bachelor of Laws with Honors, a Bachelor of Economics, a Diploma in Applied Finance, a Masters of Laws, an MBA and Doctorate in Law from top Australian institutions, always graduating with exceptional distinctions.


His qualifications are recognized in Australia, the UK, the US and European Union. Dr. Skrekas is also a Member of the International Bar Association and is a certified analyst. He has a superior record of more than two decades of work experience and is a leading consultant to bulge bracket investments banks and magic circle law firms, as well as private equity and hedge funds. He also is employed as a consultant by world leading strategy advisory companies.