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Compliance Insight: The challenge of implementing new international credit derivatives definitions 

March 12, 2014
Abel Picardi, Compliance Complete (Reuters)

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) has announced that its 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions will go live from September 2014, creating a challenge for firms to implement the necessary operational and infrastructure changes.

In a press release earlier this month, ISDA highlighted that the revised version of the 2003 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions will contain the basic terms used in the documentation of most credit derivatives transactions. Furthermore, the announcement also indicated that the ISDA Credit Steering Committee (CSC) has been working over the past three months with infrastructure providers and clearing houses to develop an appropriate implementation schedule, “including an assessment of the various changes to existing infrastructure that are necessary to support the change.”

The steering committee was considering an early roll-out date for the 2014 credit derivatives definitions, but it was apparent that a longer time frame would enable market participants and infrastructure providers to make the necessary changes with minimal impact on markets.

Read more: Reuters

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