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Frank Graaf


Clifford Chance, Amsterdam
Practice area Capital markets
Sector Banks, Funds & investment management, Insurance, Industrials
Tel +31207119150

Frank Graaf


Frank Graaf is Head of the Bank Regulatory Group in Clifford Chance’s Amsterdam offices.

With over 30 years of experience in capital markets, regulatory and compliance work, Frank specialises in reforms affecting OTC and exchange traded derivatives, repo's and securities lending, shadow banking and corporate treasury products. He is an expert on EMIR, SFTR, MiFIDII and CMU.

Relevant experience

  • Dutch capital markets & regulatory counsel on numerous debt issuance programmes and stand-alone bond issues for Dutch finance companies of international and domestic clients
  • Net capital reporting opinions on cash pooling on derivatives for a number of financial institutions
  • Antilles opinion counsel to ISDA on netting enforceability of the ISDA Master Agreements and the clearing addenda thereto
  • Opinion counsel to the BBA, the Futures Industry Association, the Bundesverband Deutscher Banken and EFET on netting and set-off of their master derivatives agreements including the International Deposit Netting Agreement, the IFEMA, the DRV, the EFET Power & Gas Agreements etc
  • Dutch counsel to the arrangers or the collateral managers on over 60 euro CDO/CLO transactions since the market opened in 1999
  • Dutch counsel to numerous Dutch repackaging/ABS/CLN vehicles

Career and qualifications

  • University of Leiden (Law) 1983
  • Admitted as an advocaat in Netherlands 1983
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1983
  • Partner since 1990
  • Speaks Dutch and English

Professional bodies

  • Co-founder of The Netherlands Association for Securities Law
  • Board Member of the Netherlands Commercial Law Association

Awards and citations

  • "Highly respected for his expertise in financial regulation, Frank Graaf is also recognised for his work in derivatives, structured products and repackaging transactions."
    Chambers Global/Chambers Europe 2013
  • "a capital markets guru"
    Chambers Global 2010 – The Netherlands, Capital Markets
  • The team boasts a number of "good people" but worthy of particular mention is practice head Frank Graaf – "a regulatory god" according to one client.
    IFLR1000 2006 - The Netherlands, Capital Markets
  • KSU Best Dutch Banking Lawyer Award – 2008
  • Ranked among Top 100 Lawyers in the World – Chambers 2001

Clifford Chance publications and insights

  • Frank is the author of the book Euromarket Finance: Issues of Euromarket securities and Euromarket Syndicated loans (1990) and of a book on the EU and US reforms of the OTC Derivatives Markets (2011), as well as numerous articles for legal journals and book chapters on Dutch law.
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