VM CSA Anatomy

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2016 ISDA VM CSA Anatomy


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Navigation 1 (Interpretation) | 2 (Credit Support Obligations) | 3 (Transfers, Calculations and Exchanges) | 4 (Dispute Resolution) | 5 (Title Transfer etc) | 6 (Default) | 7 (Representation) | 8 (Expenses) | 9 (Miscellaneous) | 10 (Definitions) | 11 (Elections and Variables)

The 2016 CSA generated at great expense by ISDA to deal with all the regulatory obligations to post and collect variation margin that have popped up around the world, like so many stable doors boinking emptily against their jambs while the ponies of financial ruin career wildly through the meadows of propriety.

Part of the point of regulatory compliance was to remove the concept of title-transfer Independent Amount (“IA” being ISDA-speak for “initial margin”). After all, title transfer IA rather strikes at the heart of the regulatory aspiration, namely to collateralise mark-to-market exposures, so that neither party carried significant credit exposure to the other.

But then everyone decided they quite liked their initial margin, as long as it wasn't *too* much. So ISDA prepared a version of the 2016 CSA which included the Independent Amounts they had so laboriously stripped out, only in a little paragraph buried in the schedule of elections (Para 11 or 13, depending on your edition).

Then ISDA decided not to publish it.

All this during the crescendo to the full-bore bunfight of repapering all the world's derivatives clients as a “seemingly immutable”[1] pan-global regulatory deadline stood menacingly in the way like an unforgiving concrete wall to the sideways-sliding Morris Minor of the world’s derivatives documentation capacity.

1995 ISDA CSA Terms

Preamble

2016 ISDA VM CSA Terms

Preamble

2016 NY Law VM CSA Terms

Preamble

Para 1 Interpretation

Para 1 Interpretation

Paragraph 1(a) Definitions and Inconsistency
Paragraph 1(b) Scope of this Annex and the Other CSA

Paragraph 1 Interpretation

Paragraph 1(a) Definitions and Inconsistency
Paragraph 1(b) Secured Party and Pledgor
Paragraph 1(c) Scope of this Annex and the Other CSA

[No security interest]

[No security interest]

Paragraph 2. Security Interest

Paragraph 2. Credit Support Obligations

Paragraph 2(a) Delivery Amount
Paragraph 2(b) Return Amount

Paragraph 2. Credit Support Obligations

Paragraph 2(a) Delivery Amount
Paragraph 2(b) Return Amount

Paragraph 3. Credit Support Obligations

Paragraph 3(a) Delivery Amount
Paragraph 3(b) Return Amount

Paragraph 3 Transfers, Calculations and Exchanges

Paragraph 3(a) Transfers
Paragraph 3(b) Calculations
Paragraph 3(c) Exchanges

Paragraph 3 Transfers, Calculations and Exchanges

Paragraph 3(a) Transfers
Paragraph 3(b) Calculations
Paragraph 3(c) Exchanges

Paragraph 4 Conditions Precedent, Transfer Timing, Calculations and Substitutions

Paragraph 4(a) Conditions Precedent
Paragraph 4(b) Transfer Timing
Paragraph 4(c) Calculations
Paragraph 4(d) Substitutions

Paragraph 4 Dispute Resolution

Paragraph 4(a) Disputed Calculations or Valuations
Paragraph 4(b) No Event of Default

Paragraph 4 Dispute Resolution

Paragraph 4(a) Disputed Calculations or Valuations
Paragraph 4(b) No Event of Default

Paragraph 5 Dispute Resolution

Paragraph 5 Transfer of Title, No Security Interest, Distributions and Interest Amount

Paragraph 5(a) Transfer of Title
Paragraph 5(b) No Security Interest
Paragraph 5(c) Distributions and Interest Amount

Paragraph 5 Transfer of Title, No Security Interest, Distributions and Interest Amount

Paragraph 5(a) Transfer of Title
Paragraph 5(b) No Security Interest
Paragraph 5(c) Distributions and Interest Amount

Paragraph 6 Holding and Using Posted Collateral (VM)

6(a) Care of Posted Collateral (VM)
6(b) Eligibility to Hold Posted Collateral (VM); Custodians (VM)
6(c) Use of Posted Collateral (VM)
6(d) Distributions, Interest Amount (VM) and Interest Payment (VM)

Paragraph 6 Default

Paragraph 6 Default

Paragraph 7 Events of Default

[No rights and remedies]

[No rights and remedies]

Paragraph 8 Certain Rights and Remedies

8(a) Secured Party’s Rights and Remedies
8(b) Pledgor’s Rights and Remedies
8(c) Deficiencies and Excess Proceeds
8(d) Final Returns

Paragraph 7 Representation

Paragraph 7 Representation

Paragraph 9 Representations

Paragraph 8 Expenses

Paragraph 8 Expenses

Paragraph 10 Expenses

10(a) General
10(b) Posted Credit Support (VM)
10(c) Liquidation/Application of Posted Credit Support (VM)

Paragraph 9 Miscellaneous

Paragraph 9(a) Default Interest
Paragraph 9(b) Good Faith and Commercially Reasonable Manner
Paragraph 9(c) Demands and Notices
Paragraph 9(d) Specifications of Certain Matters

Paragraph 9 Miscellaneous

Paragraph 9(a) Default Interest
Paragraph 9(b) Good Faith and Commercially Reasonable Manner
Paragraph 9(c) Demands and Notices
Paragraph 9(d) Specifications of Certain Matters
Paragraph 9(e) Legally Ineligible Credit Support (VM)
Paragraph 9(f) Return of Equivalent Credit Support (VM)
Paragraph 9(g) Reinstatement of Credit Support Eligibility
Paragraph 9(h) Credit Support Offsets

Paragraph 11 Miscellaneous

Paragraph 11(a) Default Interest
Paragraph 11(b) Further Assurances
Paragraph 11(c) Further Protection
Paragraph 11(d) Good Faith and Commercially Reasonable Manner
Paragraph 11(e) Demands and Notices
Paragraph 11(f) Specifications of Certain Matters
Paragraph 11(g) Legally Ineligible Credit Support (VM)
Paragraph 11(h) Return of Equivalent Credit Support (VM)
Paragraph 11(i) Reinstatement of Credit Support Eligibility
Paragraph 11(j) Credit Support Offsets

Paragraph 10. Definitions

Base Currency
Base Currency Equivalent
Credit Support Amount
Credit Support Balance
Delivery Amount
Disputing Party
Distributions
Distributions Date
Eligible Credit Support
Eligible Currency
Equivalent Credit Support
Equivalent Distributions
Exchange Date
Exposure
Independent Amount
Interest Amount
Interest Period
Interest Rate
Local Business Day
Minimum Transfer Amount
New Credit Support
Notification Time
Recalculation Date
Resolution Time
Return Amount
Settlement Day
Threshold
Transferee
Transferor
Valuation Agent
Valuation Date
Valuation Percentage
Valuation Time
Value

Paragraph 10. Definitions

Base Currency
Base Currency Equivalent
Credit Support Balance (VM)
Credit Support Eligibility Condition (VM)
Delivery Amount (VM)
Delivery Amount Reduction (VM)
Disputing Party
Distributions
Distributions Date
Eligible Credit Support (VM)
Eligible Currency
Eligible Return Amount (VM)
Equivalent Credit Support
Equivalent Distributions
Exchange Date
Exposure
Fungible Credit Support Type
FX Haircut Percentage
Interest Adjustment Reduction Amount (VM)
Interest Amount (VM)
Interest Payee (VM)
Interest Payer (VM)
Interest Payment (VM)
Interest Period
Interest Rate (VM)
Legal Eligibility Requirements
Legal Ineligibility Notice
Local Business Day
Minimum Transfer Amount
New Credit Support (VM)
Notification Time
Original Credit Support (VM)
Other CSA
Other CSA Excluded Credit Support
Recalculation Date
Regular Settlement Day
Resolution Time
Return Amount (VM)
return Amount Reduction (VM)
Settlement Day
Total Ineligibility Date
Transferee
Transferor
Transfer Ineligibility Date
Valuation Agent
Valuation Date
Valuation Date Location
Valuation Percentage
Valuation Time
Value

Paragraph 12. Definitions

Base Currency
Base Currency Equivalent
Cash
Covered Transaction
Credit Support Eligibility Condition (VM)
Custodian (VM)
Delivery Amount (VM)
Delivery Amount Reduction (VM)
Disputing Party
Distributions
Eligible Collateral (VM)
Eligible Credit Support (VM)
Eligible Currency
Eligible Return Amount (VM)
Exposure
Fungible Credit Support Type
FX Haircut Percentage
Interest Adjustment Reduction Amount (VM)
Interest Amount (VM)
Interest Payee (VM)
Interest Payer (VM)
Interest Payment (VM)
Interest Period
Interest Rate (VM)
Legal Eligibility Requirements
Local Business Day
Minimum Transfer Amount
Notification Time
Obligations
Other CSA
Other CSA Excluded Credit Support
Other Eligible Support (VM)
Other Posted Support (VM)
Pledgor
Posted Collateral (VM)
Posted Credit Support (VM)
Recalculation Date
Regular Settlement Day
Resolution Time
Return Amount (VM)
Return Amount Reduction (VM)
Secured Party
Set-off
Specified Condition
Substitute Credit Support (VM)
Substitution Date
Total Ineligibility Date
Transfer
Transfer Ineligibility Date
Valuation Agent
Valuation Date
Valuation Date Location
Valuation Percentage
Valuation Time
Value

Para 11 Elections and Variables

Paragraph 11(a): Base Currency and Eligible Currency
Paragraph 11(b): Credit Support Obligations

Paragraph 11(b)(i): Delivery Amount, Return Amount and Credit Support Amount
Paragraph 11(b)(i)(A): Delivery Amount
Paragraph 11(b)(i)(B): Return Amount
Paragraph 11(b)(i)(C): Credit Support Amount
Paragraph 11(b)(ii): Eligible Credit Support
Paragraph 11(b)(iii): Thresholds
Paragraph 11(b)(iii)(A): Independent Amount
Paragraph 11(b)(iii)(B): Threshold
Paragraph 11(b)(iii)(C): Minimum Transfer Amount
Paragraph 11(b)(iii)(D): Rounding

Paragraph 11(c): Valuation and Timing

Paragraph 11(c)(i): Valuation Agent
Paragraph 11(c)(ii): Valuation Date
Paragraph 11(c)(iii): Valuation Time
Paragraph 11(c)(iv): Notification Time

Paragraph 11(d): Exchange Date
Paragraph 11(e): Dispute Resolution

Paragraph 11(e)(i): Resolution Time
Paragraph 11(e)(ii): Value (dispute resolution)
Paragraph 11(e)(iii): Alternative

Paragraph 11(f): Distributions and Interest Amount

Paragraph 11(f)(i): Interest Rate
Paragraph 11(f)(ii): Transfer of Interest Amount
Paragraph 11(f)(iii): Alternative to Interest Amount

Paragraph 11(g): Addresses for Transfers

Para 11 Elections and Variables

Paragraph 11(a): Base Currency and Eligible Currency
Paragraph 11(b): Covered Transactions; Exposure
11(c) Credit Support Obligations.

11(c)(i) Delivery Amount (VM) and Return Amount (VM)
11(c)(ii) Eligible Credit Support (VM)
11(c)(iii) Legally Ineligible Credit Support (VM)
11(c)(iv) Credit Support Eligibility Conditions (VM)
11(c)(v) Valuation Percentage; FX Haircut Percentage
11(c)(vi) Thresholds.
11(c)(vii) Transfers.

11(d) Valuation and Timing

11(d)(i) "Valuation Agent"
11(d)(ii) "Valuation Date"
11(d)(iii) "Valuation Time"
11(d)(iv) "Notification Time"

11(e) Exchange Date.
11(f) Dispute Resolution

11(f)(i)Resolution Time
11(f)(ii) Value
11(f)(iii) Alternative.

11(g) Distributions and Interest Amount (VM)

11(g)(i) Interest Rate (VM)
11(g)(ii) Transfer of Interest Payment (VM) or application of Interest Amount (VM)
11(g)(iii) Other Interest Elections
11(g)(iv) Alternative to Interest Amount (VM)

11(h) Credit Support Offsets.
11(i) Addresses for Transfers.
11(j) Other CSA.

Paragraph 13. Elections and Variables

13(a) Base Currency and Eligible Currency
13(a)(i) Base Currency
13(a)(ii) Eligible Currency
13(b) Covered Transactions; Security Interest for Obligations; Exposure
13(b)(i) Covered Transactions
13(b)(i)(A) Covered Transactions
13(b)(ii) Obligations
13(b)(iii) Exposure
13(c) Credit Support Obligations
13(c)(i) Delivery Amount (VM) and Return Amount (VM)
13(c)(i)(A) Delivery Amount (VM)
13(c)(i)(B) Return Amount (VM)
13(c)(ii) Eligible Collateral (VM)
13(c)(iii) Legally Ineligible Credit Support (VM)
13(c)(iii)(A) Total Ineligibility Date
13(c)(iii)(B) Transfer
13(c)(iv) Credit Support Eligibility Conditions (VM)
13(c)(v) Valuation Percentage; FX Haircut Percentage
13(c)(v)(A) Valuation Percentage
13(c)(v)(B) FX Haircut Percentage
13(c)(vi) Other Eligible Support (VM)
13(c)(vii) Minimum Transfer Amount
13(c)(vii)(A) Minimum Transfer Amount
13(c)(vii)(B) Rounding
13(c)(viii) Transfer Timing
13(d) Valuation and Timing
13(d)(i) Valuation Agent
13(d)(ii) Valuation Date
13(d)(iii) Valuation Time
13(d)(iv) Notification Time
13(e) Conditions Precedent and Secured Party’s Rights and Remedies
13(f) Substitution
13(f)(i) Substitution Date
13(f)(ii) Consent
13(g) Dispute Resolution
13(g)(i) Resolution Time
13(g)(ii) Value
13(g)(iii) Alternative
13(h) Holding and Using Posted Collateral (VM)
13(h)(i) Eligibility to Hold Posted Collateral (VM); Custodians (VM)
13(h)(ii) Use of Posted Collateral (VM)
13(i) Distributions and Interest Payment (VM)
13(i)(i) Interest Rate (VM)
13(i)(ii) Transfer of Interest Payment (VM) or application of Interest Amount (VM)
Interest Transfer
Interest Payment Netting
Interest Adjustment
13(i)(iii) Other Interest Elections
Negative Interest
Daily Interest Compounding
13(i)(iv) Alternative to Interest Amount (VM) and Interest Payment (VM)
13(j) Credit Support Offsets
13(k) Additional Representations
13(l) Other Eligible Support (VM) and Other Posted Support (VM)
13(l)(i) Value
13(l)(ii) Transfer
13(m) Demands and Notices
13(n) Addresses for Transfers
13(o) Other CSA
13(p) Other Provisions

References

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