Research Handbooks in Financial Law series
Edited by Matthias Haentjens and Bob Wessels
Set-off, netting and close-out netting are transactional tools designed to reduce certain financial risk, in particular counterparty risk and market risk. They are, therefore, commonly used by banks and other financial (and even non-financial) institutions. The purpose of this chapter is to offer the reader an introduction to the concepts of set-off, netting and close-out netting (infra 14.2.1), point out their economic function (infra 14.2.2) and describe some of the key issues raised by the legal framework applicable to those risk management tools (infra 14.3).
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