John Servidio


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  • Pepperdine University, JD, 2002
  • Pepperdine University, MBA, 2002
  • University of Arizona, BSBA, 1996
  • Illinois
  • New York

John Servidio represents dealers and issuers in structuring corporate derivative and equity-linked capital market transactions. Mr. Servidio negotiates listed and OTC derivative documentation, as well as other agreements for securities, interest rate, currency, energy and commodity trading. In addition, John provides regulatory advice to broker-dealers, swap dealers, alternative asset managers and commercial end-users regarding SEC and CFTC rules.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, John was assistant general counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York and Chicago. In this role, he provided transactional and regulatory advice to BAML’s investment banking and capital markets businesses. Earlier in his career, John worked at a major New York-based investment bank as an associate and attorney in the legal department, and at a large Chicago-based commercial bank as an analyst in the real estate group. He is a member of the Law360 Capital Markets Editorial Advisory Board and frequent speaker on the regulatory challenges facing banks and other financial institutions.

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John Servidio
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Structured issuer equity-linked capital-raising transactions, including convertible bond offerings, bond hedge and warrant transactions, stock borrow facilities, forward stock sales with registered hedges, and equity private placements.

Structured common stock and convertible bond buyback programs, including accelerated share repurchase and other derivative repurchase structures, tender and exchange offers, and open-market buyback transactions.

Structured new convertible bond, derivative share buyback, stock acquisition/disposition programs, hedging/monetization strategies, structured notes, proprietary indices, and other equity-linked products.

Negotiated cleared derivative execution, securities lending, repurchase and prime brokerage agreements.

Negotiated ISDA Master Agreements, Credit Support Annexes, control agreements, pledge agreements and master confirmations.

Negotiated North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) contracts, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and other energy industry documentation.

Advised clients on coordinating with the CFTC, SEC and other prudential regulators to establish, maintain and follow policies and procedures imposed under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Advised clients on resolving issues relating to Securities Act, Exchange Act, Commodity Exchange Act, bankruptcy code, margin rule, and bank and broker-dealer regulation.

Co-author, "Cyber Security for Investment Managers," Risk & Compliance, Jul-Sep 2017
Co-author, "Blockchain Buzzkill: A Closer Look at Distributed Ledger Technology," Risk & Compliance, Apr - Jun 2017
Co-author, "High Frequency Trading: The Path Forward For Market Liquidity And Stability," Risk & Compliance, Jan - Mar 2017
Co-author, "Blockchain Risk Factors in Securities Offerings and Filings," Information Law Journal, Winter 2017
Co-author, "Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps and Understanding Impact on Documentation," Lexis Practice Advisor, July 14, 2016
Co-author, "Better Later Than in Error: Harmonizing Global Swap Data Reporting Timeframes," Futures and Derivatives Law Report, July 2015
Co-author, "Safe and Sound: Cybersecurity for Community Banks," Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, Volume 28, Number 04, pp.5-14(10), March/April 2015
Co-Author, "Time for a 2014 ISDA Master Agreement," Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation, May 7, 2014
Co-Author, "Keep Calm and Basel On: Capital Requirements for Community Banks," The Banking Law Journal, May 2014
Co-Author, "Know Your Red Flags for the Identity Theft Flag Rule," Law 360, April 16, 2014
Speaker, "Blockchain and Financial Technology," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, January 31, 2017
Co-Chair and Speaker, "Electronic and Algorithmic Trading: The CFTC’s Reg AT and Global Regulatory Oversight," Swaps & Derivative Transactions, American Conference Institute, Washington, DC, November 30 - December 1, 2016
Speaker, "Variation Margin Requirements" and "ISDA 2016 Variation Margin CSAs and New Collateral Documentation Architecture," International Swaps & Derivatives Association Conference, November 1, 2016
Speaker, Managing Relationships: Best Practices for Working with Service Providers, McGuireWoods LLP and The Regulatory Fundamentals Group, June 14, 2016
Speaker, New Developments in Tax and Wealth Planning, McGuireWoods LLP Seminar, April 19, 2016
Speaker, "Cyber Security Threats and Duties," Be a Road Warrior, Not Road Kill: Issues Confronting Fiduciaries, October 7, 2015
Co-chair and Speaker, "CFTC’s Reporting Requirements on Larger Trades: Understanding Implications and How to Comply," National Advanced Summit on Swaps & Derivatives: Global Markets Regulation, American Conference Institute, June 29-30, 2015
Speaker, "Disclosure of Hedging by Employees," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, April 28, 2015
Speaker, "Legal, Regulatory, Litigation and Insurance Issues," Community Banking and Cyber Risk Management, September 17, 2014
Speaker, "A Focus on Documentation Protocols: What Is Needed, Counterparty Documentation, Clearing Documentation, and More," Reform and Regulation of Derivative Transactions, American Conference Institute’s 2nd National Advanced Summit, January 15, 2014
FFIEC Issues FAQs on the Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, Password Protected, October 24, 2016
SEC Pushes Back Security-Based Swap Reporting, Derivations, October 13, 2016
FFIEC IT Security Booklet Revised, Password Protected, October 10, 2016
New York Raises the Bar – Will Other States Follow? , Password Protected, September 21, 2016
NFA Adopts Cybersecurity Guidance for NFA Members, Password Protected, November 19, 2015
New CFTC Cybersecurity Standards Are Coming Soon, Password Protected, October 8, 2015
Four Cybersecurity Ideas from CFTC Commissioner Bowen, Password Protected, September 25, 2015
SEC’s OCIE Issues a Second Cybersecurity Risk Alert, Password Protected, September 22, 2015
NFA Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance for Derivatives Traders, Password Protected, September 9, 2015