Equity derivatives are financial instruments whose value is based on underlying equity securities, such as stocks or stock market indices. They allow market participants to transfer risks associated with the underlying securities. In recent years their popularity has grown spectacularly: by the end of 2007, 10 trillion dollars of equity derivative over-the-counter (OTC) contracts were outstanding, an increase of 39 per cent on 2006. With the greatest volatility in equity markets seen in a generation, investors hedging themselves against or trading volatility, shareholders monetising holdings and corporates involved in M&A activity have been among those fuelling a boom in equity derivatives markets. "Equity Derivatives: Documenting and Understanding Equity Derivative Products" examines the full spectrum of equity derivative transactions. This accessible forthcoming title explains each type of transaction, together with the documentation involved. In particular, the book analyses and guides the reader through the full suite of OTC, exchange-traded and structured equity derivative documentation, and provides a detailed guide to the 2002 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions.The book further contains detailed analysis of the regulatory issues affecting equity derivative products in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States, and covers tax issues arising in the United Kingdom and United States.
Edited by Edmund Parker, head of derivatives at Mayer Brown, London and author of "Credit Derivatives: Documenting and Understanding Credit Derivative Products", the publication includes chapters from leading experts at Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Legance, Mayer Brown, Morrison & Forester and Uria & Menendez. The book is an indispensible tool for lawyers, treasurers and derivatives specialists at corporates, financial institutions, hedge funds and pension schemes, and a valuable resource for students.
"The book serves both as an excellent text book for those that wish to learn about equity derivatives, as well as an excellent reference source for more experienced practitioners, and is therefore highly recommended." Dean Kloner, Futures & Derivatives Law Report "A good primer for understanding equity derivative transactions and how they are documented. I'd recommend it to anyone serious about introducing themselves to the subject matter or merely refreshing their memory." Kevin Funnell Bank Lawyer's Blog