The framework contract and the timetable shall determine the reasons why one of the parties may require the conclusion of covered transactions due to the occurrence of a termination event by the other party. Standard termination events include defaults or bankruptcy. Other termination events that can be added to the calendar include a credit degradation below a certain level. The ISDA Framework Agreement is a framework contract that sets out the terms and conditions between parties wishing to trade OTC derivatives. There are two main versions that are still widely used on the market: the 1992 ISDA Framework Agreement (Multicurrency – Cross Border) and the 2002 Isda Framework Agreement. The main credit support documents subject to UK law are the 1995 Credit Support Annex, the 1995 Credit Support Deed and the 2016 Credit Support Annex for Variation Margin. Support credits ancillary to English law provide guarantees for the transfer of ownership, while English Credit Support Deed provides for the granting of a guarantee right on the transferred guarantees. The Credit Support Annex 2016 for Variation Margin was specifically introduced to enable parties to meet their Margin Variation exchange obligations in compliance with margin rules worldwide, including EMIR in Europe and Dodd-Frank in the United States of America. The annexes to credit assistance under English law are confirmations and the transactions they constitute are transactions under the framework agreement and therefore form part of the special contract with the framework agreement. On the other hand, the English Credit Support Deed is a separate agreement between the parties. While netting provisions provide a creditor with some relief from the bankruptcy of a counterparty by allowing the set-off of obligations due and due, they do not facilitate exposure to future positions that are not yet due and due. In recognition of this problem, the framework agreement contains provisions that allow a creditor party to terminate and liquidate transactions after the bankruptcy or other default of a counterparty under the framework agreement (acceleration).
In 1987, ISDA prepared three documents: (i) a standard form framework contract for interest rate swaps in United States dollars; (ii) a standard framework contract for interest rate and currency swaps denominated in several currencies (collectively referred to as the `1987 ISDA framework contract`); and (iii) definitions of interest rates and currencies. .