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DeriviDoc specialises in the legal and regulatory aspects of the over-the-counter derivatives industry.


We provide training and consultation on financial master agreements and regulatory regimes which govern the OTC derivatives space.

Our areas of expertise:

ISDA® Master Agreement

Global Master Repurchase Agreement

Global Master Securities Lending Agreement

Regulatory Dodd Frank, EMIR and the Financial Markets Act

ISDA® Credit Support Annexes

By attending our courses, or outsourcing negotiations to DeriviDoc, clients can effectively negotiate these agreements to ensure optimum legal and credit protection.

Our commitment to you:

To provide a friendly and professional service. Whether a once-off query on a particular clause in a financial master agreement, or seeking an in-depth learning experience, we aim to provide you with the knowledge you require to effectively and efficiently execute your master agreements.


We offer prompt turnaround times, without compromising on the quality of our work. 

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Founder and Director

Melissa has a BA LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She also qualified in New York and was admitted to the New York Bar in February 2006.


Melissa is a derivatives lawyer with more than 24 years of experience in the industry. She worked for JPMorgan Chase Bank in London for 8 years in their legal department primarily negotiating the ISDA®, GMRA and GMSLA Master Agreements.


On returning to South Africa in 2007 Melissa founded DeriviDoc which, 15 years on, has grown into the leading legal consultancy in the OTC derivatives space. DeriviDoc's advisory and training services are sought after across the African continent.



Training and Account Manager

Ciska obtained a BA and a PGCE from Rhodes University, South Africa, after which she worked as a teacher in London and Nagoya, Japan. She is also accredited as a NILD educational therapist.


She has worked as managing editor for Business Studies titles at Oxford University Press (SA) in Cape Town, and in 2008 launched the Johannesburg branch of My Life Organised, a lifestyle management company, offering support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.


Ciska has been managing various business practices at DeriviDoc since 2011.  

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