Derivatives

Attorneys in Seyfarth’s Derivatives Practice advise clients operating in leading markets throughout the world with respect to over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, futures and other exchange-traded derivatives documentation and handle a wide range of related statutory law, regulation, litigation and enforcement proceedings. 

 
Our Derivatives practice is a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers that cut across our corporate, securities and financial litigation groups. Our derivative attorneys are experienced in negotiating OTC and futures contracts on behalf of a range of market participants. Our advice covers derivative structuring and document negotiation, regulatory compliance, tri-party collateral control practices and close-out issues. We also advise with respect to compliance and registration requirements as a prerequisite for trading in derivatives, as well as any resulting litigation and we provide our work product in a competitively cost-effective way.
 
Our clients include funds, investment advisors, major banks and financial institutions, pension funds, governments, traditional and renewable energy companies, educational institutions, real estate firms, REITS, charities, educational and other endowments, foundations and major Fortune 500 companies who use derivative products as a means of conducting business. Our clients use a wide range of derivatives, including equity, credit, currency, interest rate, credit default swaps and options, for both hedging and speculative purposes. Members of the Derivatives Practice include not just legal experts but professionals who have worked in-house in the structuring of derivatives and execution of investment and other strategies involving derivatives.  
 
A central part of our practice is advising clients on cross-border, international issues and derivatives. For clients based outside of the U.S., our Derivative attorneys regularly provide training programs focused on Dodd-Frank, derivatives documentation and regulations, and assist in developing best practice ISDA documentation within their organization.
 
Attorneys in the firm's Derivatives practice are active in a leading industry and regulatory groups, including the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) and the Futures Industry Association (FIA). The practice is led by Gordon Peery, who has authored or coauthored over thirty articles on derivatives and futures, and is the author of The Post Reform Guide to Derivatives and Future published by John Wiley & Sons, which provides one of the most comprehensive review on the best ways to  navigate the post-reform world of derivatives and futures.  As the Chairman of the Derivatives Practice, Peery has advocated for clients before all Commissioners of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other leading regulators and has experience representing large market participants before the U.S. Congress.