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Mallesons is the leading advisor to the Australian derivatives markets, working closely with major financial services firms to develop innovative products and to ensure that they adhere to their regulatory obligations.

Mallesons has been Australian counsel to the International Swaps & Derivatives Association Inc. (ISDA) and key derivatives advisor to the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) since the establishment of the derivatives market in Australia. Our team’s work with all of the major players in the industry, including the regulators and the clearing and settlement systems, places our team at the forefront of industry developments.

Bringing together experts across the capital markets, our Derivatives team is the deepest and broadest in the market, providing clients with integrated advice and service. Advising across the full spectrum of derivative products, our team has deep experience with structured and complex derivatives (including equity, fund linked, credit and commodity derivatives, CPPI transactions and carbon emissions trading), retail and wholesale structured financial market products (including derivative-linked notes, deferred purchase agreements (DPAs) and tailored repackaging vehicles) and advising on netting collateral, prime brokerage and international derivatives documentation. 

Our experience includes advising international clearing systems, central counterparties and markets. Most recently, our team has been working with clients on new developments in the OTC (over-the-counter) derivatives market, such as carbon emissions trading, central clearing and other global changes to derivatives regulation, which we are well placed to handle given our experience with creating all of the documentation for the Australian market. 

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