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Scott O’Malia

ISDA Urges Authorities to Keep Markets Open

As exchange trading floors are closed amidst the Covid-19 crisis and pressure grows on countries to follow the Phillippines example in closing their markets, the chief executive of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), Scott O’Malia, has urged markets be kept open. Writing in the association’s Derivativiews O’Malia notes that some jurisdictions have implemented […]

ISDA Calls for Infrastructure Standardisation

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has published a whitepaper calling for greater standardisation and automation of derivatives market infrastructures.

The new paper, The Future of Derivatives Processing and Market Infrastructure, highlights a number of challenges with existing structures and processes, and recommends several steps the derivatives industry can take to create efficiencies – in particular, by embracing opportunities for further standardisation.

“The derivatives industry has become reliant on legacy infrastructures and processes that have been layered on top of each other over time. That might be the result of historical acquisitions, where the respective systems haven’t been fully integrated. More recently, the sheer pace of regulatory change has meant firms have been under pressure to tackle the next pressing deadline. The result is a derivatives infrastructure that is duplicative and based on incompatible operating standards, and this isn’t sustainable,” says Scott O’Malia, CEO of ISDA.