The McGuireWoods derivatives and structured products team provides timely,
straightforward answers to complex questions. Our lawyers move well beyond
narrow, one-size-fits-all solutions; rather, we add client value by delivering
thoughtful advice for sophisticated over-the-counter (OTC) derivative
transactions and practical solutions to regulatory reform challenges.
We regularly structure equity, interest rate, foreign exchange (FX), credit,
and commodity OTC derivative transactions for dealers, investment funds, and
corporate and private clients. In addition, we work with financial institutions
to provide assistance with disclosure, documentation and compliance
considerations for structured product platforms and issuance programs.
The derivatives and structured products team frequently partners with other
McGuireWoods practice groups to assist clients on a wide range of derivative
transactions. For example, we work with the corporate finance and capital
markets group to advise issuers on equity-linked capital raising strategies and
structured share repurchase plans. Together with the syndicated finance group,
we represent lenders in negotiating credit facilities with International Swaps
and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Master Agreements for interest rate and FX
risk management programs. We coordinate with the firm’s electric and gas
utilities group to structure hedging transactions for energy producers and
end-users of natural gas, electricity, and other energy commodities. Our own depth of knowledge and experience, enhanced by the
resources available in these and other practice groups, enables the Derivatives
and Structured Products team to execute successful transactions even in a
difficult regulatory environment.
Working with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other prudential regulators, and by
drafting agreements and documentation designed to comply with national and
international rules, we help swap dealers, financial entities and end users
satisfy the regulations imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act and European Markets
Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). We also counsel banks and bank holding
companies in identifying and resolving issues under the Volcker Rule.
Given our wide range of experience working on OTC derivative transactions and
structured product platforms, the McGuireWoods derivatives and structured
products team is well positioned to find pragmatic solutions that manage risk
and achieve client goals.