international swaps and derivatives association master agreement

By:Liu Zhigang, Partner and Lv Yinghao, associate, King & Wood’s Banking Department

In the final quarter of 2007, the National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors (“NAFMII”) was authorized by the People’s Bank of China to release a standardized Master Agreement and supplements (“Master Agreement”) to serve as uniform documentation of inter-bank market participants in financial derivatives transactions. For those familiar with the International Swaps and Derivates Association Master Agreement (“ISDA Agreement”), its influence is evident in the newly adopted Master Agreement. Similar to the ISDA Agreement, the Master Agreement addresses an extremely wide variety of transactions, including most if not all derivatives allowed by Chinese law.

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