Breach of Agreement - 1992 ISDA Provision
1992 ISDA Master Agreement
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5(a)(ii) in all its glory
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Note the addition of Repudiation of Agreement to the 2002 ISDA. Common law purists like the JC will grumble that you don’t really need to set out repudiation as a breach justifying termination of a contract, because that’s what it is by definition but stating the bleeding obvious has never stopped ISDA’s crack drafting squad™ before.
A failure to perform any agreement, if not cured within 30 days, is an Event of Default, except for:
- (i) those failures which already have their own special Event of Default (i.e., Failure to Pay or Deliver under Section 5(a)(i)) or
- (ii) those that relate to tax, and which mean the party not complying will just get clipped for tax it rather would not.
These are the boring breaches of agreement: those of a not immediately existential consequence to a derivative relationship (like Failure to Pay or Deliver, or a party’s outright Bankruptcy) but which, if not promptly sorted out, justify shutting things down with extreme prejudice.
All rendered in ISDA’s crack drafting squad™’s lovingly tortured prose, of course: note a double negative extragvaganza in 5(a)(ii): not complying with an obligation that is not (inter alia) a payment obligation if not remedied within a month. High five, team ISDA.
- The JC’s famous Nutshell™ summary of this clause