About the GMRA Legal Opinions
Regulators require repo transactions to be documented under robust written legal agreements, such as the GMRA, supported by regularly updated legal opinions, as a condition of recognising the reduction of credit risk by collateral and close-out netting in the calculation of regulatory capital requirements and large exposures. Reasoned legal opinions are required to confirm that, in the event of a legal challenge, the relevant courts and administrative authorities would find that, where a counterparty fails owing to default, bankruptcy, liquidation or any other similar circumstance, the regulated firm’s claims and obligations pursuant to the GMRA would be limited to a net sum under the law of the relevant jurisdiction(s), and which meets certain other requirements.
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Tier 1, 2a and 2b members have access to all opinions as part of their membership. Tier 3 members are given access to five legal opinions annually as part of their membership fee. Above five, Tier 3 members will be charged the subscription fee for any number of additional legal opinions. Associate members will need to subscribe to access any legal opinions. Official institution members, including central banks, debt management offices, development banks and regulators, are exempt from the subscription service.
Non-members are not permitted to subscribe.
A list of the jurisdictions covered by the opinions is provided below.
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British Virgin Islands
Curaçao and Sint Maarten
People's Republic of China
United Arab Emirates