In an 30-minute podcast, DerivSource has interviewed two leading derivatives lawyers who clarify and discuss the global reach of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the potential impact on different types of financial institutions in various jurisdictions.
- Donna M. Parisi, Partner at Shearman & Sterling
- John Williams, Partner at Allen & Overy in the New York Derivatives & Structured Finance practice
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Donna M. Parisi
Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Donna M. Parisi is a partner and head of the Asset Management Group at Shearman & Sterling. Ms. Parisi’s practice focuses on derivative, structured product, securitization, capital market and commodities matters. Shearman & Sterling’s Structured Products & Derivatives team combines derivatives knowledge with the experience of the firm’s capital markets, securitization, finance, broker-dealer, insolvency, and tax lawyers. This team assists clients globally in the development, structuring and execution of complex financing, derivative, and securitization techniques, products, and structures. This team also provides clients with regulatory, risk management, and compliance counseling.
Specifically, Ms. Parisi has assisted clients in the development and structuring of new financial products and is experienced in the negotiation and documentation of OTC derivative transactions, including equity, credit, hedge fund, fixed income, commodity, and currency swaps and options, synthetic CDOs, structured products and hybrid financial instruments, as well as prime brokerage, debt trading and other cash and synthetic trading documentation. In addition, she has counseled clients on a variety of regulatory and compliance issues involving OTC derivative transactions. Ms. Parisi’s practice also includes the exchange-traded futures and options markets where she has advised a variety of futures market professionals, including futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors and commodity pool operators. Ms. Parisi has developed, documented and implemented risk management strategies, policies and procedures for clients in both the OTC and exchange-traded derivative markets.
Ms. Parisi also advises on investment management matters, including the representation of U.S. and non-U.S. investment advisory firms and investment funds. Shearman & Sterling’s Asset Management Group advises clients globally on a wide range of private investment funds, including hedge funds, offshore funds, funds of funds, and other types of funds in the “alternative asset” categories.
Partner, Allen & Overy
John is a partner in the New York Derivatives and Structured Finance practice within Allen & Overy’s international capital markets department. John has led Allen & Overy’s effort as drafting counsel to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) on both the Big Bang Protocol and Small Bang Protocol and on each of the CDS Protocols published by ISDA prior to that, including those relating to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers, WAMU, Abitibi-Bowater, Visteon and General Motors.
John also led the A&O team representing the dealer group in the restructuring of the $32bln Canadian Asset-Backed Commercial Paper market, which is to date the largest single restructuring of synthetic structured credit products.
Prior to the credit crisis, John advised several leading dealers on synthetic and hybrid CDOs, credit-linked notes and commercial paper conduit financings. He has advised on a variety of hedging transactions for ABS issuance and project finance transaction and also has experience in general securities offerings, including Rule 144A and Regulation S issues involving issuers in the U.S. and Latin America.
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