Swap Documentation in Real Estate Loan Transactions: Coordinating ISDA Master Agreement and Loan Agreement Terms

Documenting Covenants, Security, Required Consents, Voting and Control, Reporting, and Regulatory Issues

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Conducted on Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will discuss the various uses of swaps and other derivative products to hedge risk in real estate finance transactions, how to integrate derivatives into loan documentation, and how to document the swap transaction to ensure there is consistency with the loan.


Swaps and other derivatives are commonly used by borrowers and lenders to hedge against movement in market interest rates. The ISDA Master Agreement, Schedule, and a Confirmation together establish the relationship between borrower and swap provider and the economic and legal terms of the hedging transaction.

Loan and swap documentation must be properly aligned in order to ensure that lenders are borrowers are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the swap obligations are properly secured by the loan collateral (as applicable), there are no unintended economic effects on either side of the transaction, and the appropriate LIBOR fallback terms are in place, among other things. It is crucial for loan counsel to ensure that loan documents sufficiently reflect the hedging transaction.

Counsel to swap parties must also understand the financial ramifications and regulatory framework of interest rate swaps to advise clients considering hedge transactions.

Listen as our authoritative panel of finance practitioners guides you through the use of swaps to hedge risk in real estate loan transactions and best practices for documenting both the swap transaction and the terms of the swap transaction in the loan documentation. The panel will also look at the impact of rising and falling rates on real estate borrowers, lenders and swap market participants.



  1. Use of derivatives to hedge risk in real estate loan transactions
    1. Rate caps
    2. Interest rate swaps
  2. Impact of fluctuating interest rates
  3. Integration of derivatives into loan documentation and coordination with derivative documentation
    1. Counterparty risk
    2. Security for hedge obligations
    3. Definite obligation
    4. Mortgage tax
    5. Regulatory matters


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Current market trends for using derivatives to hedge risk in real estate loan transactions
  • Best practices for integrating derivatives into loan documentation
  • How to prepare for the LIBOR phaseout in both swap and loan documentation


Aaron, Cheryl
Cheryl L. Isaac

Senior Counsel
Michael Best & Friedrich

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Koppele, Jeffrey
Jeffrey H. Koppele


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