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Litigation Regarding Credit Default Swaps (CDS)

Length: 1 hour 33 minutes

Credit default swaps (CDS), derivatives designed to manage the risk that fixed-income obligations may go unpaid, have become a multi-billion-dollar market within a decade of their genesis. Surging defaults on the underlying investments amid the recent financial crisis have led to increased litigation between the parties involved in these complex transactions. This panel will discuss how CDS contracts work, how they are traded, their risks and benefits, and related litigation.

Program Co-Instructors: Alexander “Sasha” Aganin, Vice President, Cornerstone Research, Pierre Collin – Dufresne, Professor of Finance, Swiss Finance Institute and Columbia Graduate School of Business & Robert F. Wise, Jr.,  Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP


9:00 - 9:25 am    Introduction to CDS Contracts and Markets

9:25 - 9:50 am    Types of CDS Litigation and Economic Issues in CDS Litigation

9:50 - 10:15 am    Legal Issues in CDS litigation

10:15 - 10:30 am    Q&A

CLE credit: NY: 1.5 professional practice.
NJ,CA & PA: 1.5 general

Original Recording Date: 2/25/2014

Produced By:

New York City Bar Association

Course Materials

  • Short Introduction to Correlation Markets
  • Additional Handout
  • Litigation Regarding CDS PPT
  • Affirmation Document