Developing Contractual Standards for Crypto Derivatives

Jan 18th '22

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Chief Executive Officer, Scott O’Malia, offers informal comments on important OTC derivatives issues in derivatiViews, reflecting ISDA’s long-held commitment to making the market safer and more efficient.


The extraordinary growth of crypto assets in recent years has become one of the defining features of modern finance. With a market value of around $3 trillion, this is now a well-established asset class that is increasingly attracting the attention of institutional investors and banks. As in any wholesale market, over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives have a vital role to play in broadening market access, facilitating risk management and price discovery, deepening liquidity, and providing greater certainty and flexibility to market participants.


ISDA is now working to develop legal standards to support the crypto derivatives market, with input from a range of stakeholders, including those active in the crypto space. The aim is to align the crypto derivatives market with the existing spot market by creating strong legal foundations. Last year, ISDA established the Digital Assets Legal Group and, in December, published a paper that explores the key issues that need to be addressed in any contractual standards for OTC derivatives, including disruption events, valuation and documentation.


Read the full article, here.


Read ISDA’s paper: Contractual Standards for Digital Asset Derivatives


Source: ISDA


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