Daniel Franks

Daniel Franks is a derivatives and structured finance lawyer based in London. He has extensive experience of a broad range of capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on OTC derivatives, repos, securities lending, structured products and structured finance transactions and advising on collateral, set-off, netting and derivatives enforceability.

Daniel’s practice includes advising investment banks, retail banks, end users and service providers in relation to derivatives, repos and stock lending, derivative-linked debt securities, repackagings, CDOs, structured products and complex liquidity, regulatory capital, risk-transfer and funding transactions. He also advises on the clearing of OTC derivatives, complex title transfer and security interest collateral arrangements, default management and the impact of regulatory change on derivatives businesses. Daniel has a particular interest in advising on set-off, netting and the enforceability and characterisation of derivatives, repos, stock lending and collateral arrangements against a wide range of counterparty types including private individuals, partnerships, trustees, charities and statutory and charter corporations.

Daniel is a ranked individual for Structured Finance & Derivatives in Chambers UK and has been recommended for derivatives and structured products in both Chambers UK and Legal 500, being noted for being “a recognised name in the market”, “very good and thorough” and “a safe pair of hands” and having “very broad product knowledge”.

Daniel is a contributing author to An Introduction to Repo Markets (3rd edition) by Moorad Choudhry and a regular author of articles and practice notes on derivatives, repos and securities lending transactions in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law and LexisPSL. He is also a regular speaker on these and other topics. He has been involved in the drafting of industry standard documentation relating to collateral and is an active member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s legal, collateral and documentation committees.

Contributed to

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An introduction to the Global Master Securities Lending Agreements
Practice Note

This Practice Note is one in a series of two Practice Notes dealing with securities lending in the international financial markets. It looks at the Global Master Securities Lending Agreements (GMSLA) issued by the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) which are the market standard for use in the international financial markets for financial arrangements known as securities lending or stocklending. The Practice Note considers (1) the general structure of the market documentation, (2) benefits of using GMSLA and (3) key obligations under a GMSLA. The other Practice Note in the series is ‘Securities lending transactions—an introduction’

Repos/repurchase transactions—an introduction
Practice Note

This Practice Note is one in a series of two Practice Notes dealing with repos in the international financial markets. It gives an introduction to the financial instrument known as a repo—a repurchase transaction. It looks at (1) key uses for repos, (2) payment and delivery obligations and (3) key legal issues which arise with repos. The other Practice Note in the series is ‘An Introduction to the Global Master Repurchase Agreements (GMRAs)’, which looks at the market standard master agreement in use for this type of financial instrument

Securities lending transactions—an introduction
Practice Note

This Practice Note is one in a series of two Practice Notes dealing with securities lending in the international financial markets. It gives an introduction to the financial arrangement known as securities lending or stocklending. It looks at (1) key uses for securities lending, (2) payment and delivery obligations and (3) key legal issues which arise in a securities lending transaction. The other Practice Note in the series is ‘An Introduction to the Global Master Securities Lending Agreements’, which looks at the market standard master agreement in use for this type of financial transaction

Practice areas

Panel

  • Specialist Panel

Education

  • Christ's College, Cambridge: Law

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