Commercial Court finds that ‘negative’ interest is not payable on cash collateral posted in accordance with the standard form ISDA Credit Support Annex

The question of whether ‘negative interest’ will be payable by a transferor of cash collateral in the context of a standard form ISDA 1995 Credit Support Annex (Bilateral Form – Transfer) (“CSA“) has been considered by the Commercial Court in The State of the Netherlands v Deutsche Bank AG [2018] EWHC 1935 (Comm). The court found that … Read more

Court of Appeal finds ISDA jurisdiction clause trumps ‘theoretically competing’ clause in separate agreement governing wider relationship

Consistent with recent authority, the Court of Appeal has given primacy to an English jurisdiction clause in an ISDA Master Agreement (overturning the first instance decision that had declined to do so), in circumstances where there was a “theoretically competing” jurisdiction clause in a separate agreement governing the wider relationship: Deutsche Bank AG v Comune di … Read more

High Court holds ISDA jurisdiction clause trumps competing jurisdiction clause in separate but related agreement

The decision of the High Court in BNP Paribas SA v Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani SPA [2018] EWHC 1670 (Comm) confirms that an express agreement to the jurisdiction of the English court within standard form ISDA documentation will not easily be displaced or restricted. The court found that the jurisdiction clause in a 1992 ISDA Master Agreement was effective … Read more

Court of Appeal confirms wide discretion afforded to a non-Defaulting Party when determining “fair market value” of securities under the GMRA (2000 version)

The recent Court of Appeal decision in LBI EHF v Raiffeisen Bank International AG [2018] EWCA Civ 719 affirms the wide discretion of the non-Defaulting Party to determine “fair market value” in accordance with the close-out mechanism under paragraph 10(e)(ii) of the standard Global Master Repurchase Agreement (2000 version) (“GMRA“). Agreeing with the first instance judgment, the Court … Read more

High Court clarifies calculation of Close-out amount under 2002 ISDA Master Agreement

Lehman Brothers Special Financing Inc. v National Power Corporation & Anor [2018] EWHC 487 (Comm) is a significant case on the calculation of Close-out Amount under the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement. Two important points of principle arise from this judgment, which will have general application to transactions governed by the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement: In calculating … Read more