Stick to the fax? Isda seeks to revamp close-out notice methods

Plans to update termination notice provisions still won’t quite pull the plug on use of fax machines

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As a derivatives lawyer might tell you: you can’t argue with the fax. And while you’d be forgiven for thinking the days of dial-up technology were over, for some, the trusty fax machine is still a critical part of terminating a derivatives contract.

Under the Isda master agreement – the industry-standard contract from the International Swaps and Derivatives Association – closing out a contract requires parties to either physically hand over the notice at the address of their counterparty’s

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