No Agency - 1992 ISDA Provision
1992 ISDA Master Agreement
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3(a)(vi) in all its glory
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If you are looking for a Section 3(a)(vi) in a 2002 ISDA, call off the police dogs: there is no such location. It is where one might have put a No Agency rep in a 1992 ISDA — but you modern types don’t need one of those. It’s already printed in a 2002 ISDA, at Section 3(g).
Investment managers as agents
In practice, many ISDA Master Agreements are entered by agents — investment managers and asset managers (so-called “real money” managers) — on behalf of underlying principals — investment funds, and institutional clients who have appointed them as discretionary investment advisers.
These managers often enter transactions in aggregate and only allocate them to their underlying principals later in the day. This means that the broker will have a nervous few hours before it knows whom it is expected to sue if the principal doesn’t pony up on time. General principles of agency — in particular liability for an undisclosed principal —mean agents are not quite so footloose and fancy-free as many of them seem to believe.
Look, it is not the end of the world if your counterpart refuses to renounce all agency, as long as you set up the accounts correctly with the underlying principals, and the firm has a robust approach to trade allocation. Ultimately — and notwithstanding the nervous few hours pending allocation — the person against whom you are, long term, booking the trade is the principal.
- The JC’s famous Nutshell™ summary of this clause