Derivatives + Commodities


In the derivatives, commodities and structured products area, as in most others, we are judged by the quality of our solutions: do we craft solutions that are practical and effective? And, just as important, can we do so quickly?

We function as our clients' partners in designing new products, assisting in concept development, providing risk and regulatory analysis, and preparing documentation.

Our clients include the derivatives, commodities and structured products groups at numerous investment and commercial banks, commodity dealers and users, insurance companies, mutual funds, hedge funds and other financial institutions, and public companies and holders of restricted equity securities.

With our clients, we have designed or worked on:

  • Derivatives-linked securities;
  • Equity and credit derivatives;
  • Fund-linked derivatives;
  • Commodity-linked derivatives;
  • CPPI products;
  • Energy, metals and foreign exchange derivatives;
  • Fixed income derivatives;
  • Derivatives for insurance companies and others in the risk transfer markets;
  • Hybrids and other exotic derivatives;
  • Traded indices;
  • Products designed to capture tax, accounting, credit rating, or other regulatory advantages; and
  • Emerging market and sovereign-risk products.

Recent select experience:

  • Deal contingent swaps;
  • Structured product holder and derivatives counterparty claims against defaulting and financially distressed parties;
  • Restructuring complex structured product transactions, including hedge fund linked structured notes and tax-efficient cross-border hybrid securities;
  • Innovative derivatives products and transactions for issuers managing their capital structures, including variable and prepaid forwards, share borrow and equity comp hedges;
  • Various "next-generation" hybrid securities, including "contingent capital" securities that achieve Tier 1 treatment;
  • Disclosure and trading documentation for use with customized indices relating to reference assets based on fund of fund programs and broad based commodity price indices; and
  • Commodity linked financing and hedging products that address exposures resulting from unfavorable changes in refining and power generation operating margins.

See more:

Derivatives + Commodities Regulation

A Quick Guide to Derivatives

See some of our selected matters and more detailed information about our experience

Client Stories - We're Only as Good as Our Last Deal

Read more about what we've been up to lately (documents in pdf format):

Capital Markets

Derivatives and Structured Products

Structured Finance and Insurance-Linked Products

Hybrids

Frequently Asked Questions

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Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 
Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity
China: Capital Markets: Equity: International Firms
Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic
Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law


Chambers Global 2017
Global-wide: Capital Markets: Equity
Asia-Pacific: Capital Markets: Equity
China: Capital Markets: Equity: International firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Domestic
Japan: Banking & Finance: International Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: International: US Law
United States: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives


Chambers UK 2017
Debt Capital Markets


Chambers USA 2017
National: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
National: Capital Markets: Derivatives
National: Capital Markets: REITS
National: Capital Markets: Securitization (Individual Partners Ranked)


Derivatives Week 2013
European Law Firm of the Year


EQDerivatives Awards 2016
Equity Derivatives Law Firm of the Year


Euromoney: The Cover Awards 2012
Editor’s choice for most innovative deal – First SEC-registered Covered Bond (Royal Bank of Canada)


Financial Times: US Innovative Lawyers
Overall winner of the Innovation in Social Responsibility category, 2016
One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of New Products and Techniques, 2016
One of four firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Enabling Clients Business, 2015
One of five firms ranked “Standout” in the category of Finance, 2012


GlobalCapital Americas Derivatives Awards 2015, 2016, 2017
Americas Law Firm of the Year


GlobalCapital Global Derivatives Awards 2016
Global Law Firm of the Year


GlobalCapital Syndicated Loan, Leveraged Finance and Private Placement Awards 2016
Private Placements Law Firm of the Year


IFLR1000 2017
China: Private Equity – Foreign Firms
Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Equity
Hong Kong: Capital Markets: Debt
Japan: Capital Markets: Equity
Japan: Capital Markets: Equity Foreign Firms
Japan: Capital Markets: Debt
Japan: Capital Markets: Debt Foreign Firms
United States: Capital Markets: Debt
United States: Capital Markets: Equity
United States: Capital Markets: Derivatives
United States: Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation
United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Debt
United Kingdom: Capital Markets: Derivatives


IFLR Americas Awards
Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year, 2013
Structured Finance and Securitisation Team of the Year, 2015


Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017
Japan: Capital markets: International firms and joint ventures
Hong Kong: Capital markets (debt)
Hong Kong: Capital markets (equity)


Legal 500 UK 2016
Debt Capital Markets
Derivatives and Structured Products


Legal 500 US 2017
National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Underwriters
National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings: Advice to Underwriters
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Issuers
National: Capital Markets: Global Offerings: Advice to Underwriters
National: Structured Finance


M&A Advisors Awards 2012
Debt Financing Deal of the Year – First-ever U.S. Registered Covered Bond (Royal Bank of Canada)


mtn-i Americas Awards 2013
Legal Leader


Operational Risk & Regulation Awards 2013
Law Firm of the Year


StructuredRetailProducts.com 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
Best Law Firm in the Americas


Structured Products magazine 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
Law Firm of the Year, Americas


Thomson Reuters Accelus Compliance Awards 2012, 2014
One of Five Firms Shortlisted for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year


U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2017
National: Derivatives and Futures Law (Tier 1)
National: Securities/Capital Markets Law (Tier 1)
National: Securitization/Structured Finance Law 
National: Securities Regulation (Tier 1)
National: Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)

GlobalCapital Derivatives Awards - 2017
Global Law Firm of the Year, 2016

Americas Law Firm of the Year, 2015, 2016, 2017



"Innovative derivatives products and transactions, in addition to its ability to restructure complex structured product transactions..."
(Derivatives Week 2013)


The 2013 Global Derivatives Awards - European Law Firm of the Year - Morrison & Foerster


IFLR1000 2016 ranks MoFo's derivatives practice as a leading national practice


U.S. News Best Law Firms: Tier 1 national practice in Derivatives and Futures Law

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