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Clause 13 in a Nutshell

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13. Lender’s Warranties

Each Party warrants on a continuing basis that when it is a Lender:

(a) it has capacity and authority to perform its obligations;
(b) there are no restrictions on it lending Securities or performing its obligations under this Agreement;
(c) it is able to pass legal and beneficial ownership of Securities lent under this Agreement to Borrower free from encumbrances; and
(d) it is acts as a principal (except under Agency Loans).

Full text of Clause 13

13. Lender’s Warranties

Each Party hereby warrants and undertakes to the other on a continuing basis to the intent that such warranties shall survive the completion of any transaction contemplated herein that, where acting as a Lender:

(a) it is duly authorised and empowered to perform its duties and obligations under this Agreement;
(b) it is not restricted under the terms of its constitution or in any other manner from lending Securities in accordance with this Agreement or from otherwise performing its obligations hereunder;
(c) it is absolutely entitled to pass full legal and beneficial ownership of all Securities provided by it hereunder to Borrower free from all liens, charges and encumbrances; and
(d) it is acting as principal in respect of this Agreement, other than in respect of an Agency Loan.

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No Representations in the 2010 GMSLA

Enthusiastic minds might have noticed that, unlike the Global Master Repurchase Agreement and the ISDA Master Agreement, there are no “Representations” as such in the 2010 GMSLA.

But there are Warranties, and these — except in one arcane and theoretically[1] important way — amount to the same thing.

Precis: A representation is a pre-contractual statement which induces your entry into a contract but is not part of the contract. One’s remedy for misrepresentation is thus not damages, but the avoidance of the contract altogether. You are put in the place you would have been in had you never entered the contract at all.

A warranty is a contractual term, the remedy for breach of which is damages under the contract.

The potential value of these two remedies may be different, which is why one sees “representations and warranties”: this gives an innocent party maximum optionality to stick the naughty party with whatever is the worse measure of loss. As to why the 2010 GMSLA did away with this option — who can say? Perhaps the nature of stock lending contracts are such that there is no real difference in remedy.


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  1. But not practically, unless you are some kind of super spod. See ouur disquisition on the differences in the representations and warranties section.