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Derivatives: Design, Regulation and Documentation

Derivative products now comprise a larger share of the world's total financial markets than do stocks and corporate bonds combined. Recent estimates of the size of the derivatives markets expressed in terms of notional values range from $60 to $95 trillion. Yet despite the size and significant of derivative products, public understanding of the nature, uses, and risks of these financial instruments remains low. This Course is designed for students interested in the operation and regulation of this significant and fascinating area of the world's financial markets and particularly for those students interested in pursuing a sophisticated legal practice dealing with financial and capital markets transactions. Our objectives are to provide students with a clear understanding of the design and regulation of derivative products, the ways in which these products are used for risk management, and the manner in which derivative products are traded, negotiated, and documented. At the end of the course, students should be comfortable analyzing derivative products, knowledgeable about why and how businesses and individuals use these products, and prepared to begin to play a knowledgeable role as lawyers in their development and documentation. Teaching Method: Lecture, class discussion, and problem solving Texts: Kolb and Overdahl, Financial Derivatives Paul C. Harding, Mastering the ISDA Master Agreement, a Practical Guide for Negotiation Evaluation: Final examination. Poor class participation may reduce the final grade. Prerequisites: None


Catalog Number: BUSCOM 634
Practice Areas: Business, Corporate,Trans Area
Additional Course Information: ,  Co-listed with KSM


Course History

Fall 2013
Title: Derivatives: Design, Regulation and Documentation
Faculty: Harris, Alton B.
Koya, Devi S.
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 19



Fall 2012
Title: Derivatives: Uses, Abuses and Regulation
Faculty: Harris, Alton B.
Koya, Devi S.
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 17



Fall 2011
Title: Derivatives:Uses/Abuses & Reg
Faculty: Harris, Alton B.
Koya, Devi S.
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 22



Fall 2010
Title: Derivatives: Uses, Abuses and Regulation
Faculty: Harris, Alton B.
Section: 1     Type: Lecture     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 21