About ISLA

Who are we?

The International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) is a leading industry association, representing the common interests of securities lending and financing market participants across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Its geographically diverse membership of over 160 firms includes institutional investors, asset managers, custodial banks, prime brokers and service providers.

What do we do?

Working closely with the global industry as well as regulators and policy makers, ISLA advocates the importance of securities lending to the broader financial services industry. ISLA supports the development of a safe and efficient framework for the industry, by playing a pivotal role in promoting market best practices and processes, amongst other things. ISLA sponsors the Global Market Securities Lending Agreement (GMSLA) and the annual enforceability review in over 65 jurisdictions globally.

How do we do it?

Through member working groups, industry guidance, consultations and first-class events, ISLA helps to steer the direction of the industry by developing Thought Leadership, standards for Legal Frameworks and Industry Guides & Best Practice documentation. ISLA is one of its most influential voices on the European and global stage.

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Our Aims & Objectives

Our Aims & Objectives

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A graphic diagrammatically representing ISLA's aims and objectives To sponsor the Global Master Securities Lending Agreement (GMSLA) as the market standard legal agreement, both title transfer and pledge versions as well as the ISLA netting opinions. To work with regulators and policymakers to provide a safe and efficient framework for securities lending and enhance the public profileof the industry. To ensure sound industry practices, improve industry transparency and education, highlight industry developments and to liaise with the wider financial community, institutional investors, the media, other trade associations, regulators, governments and policymakers. To create a professional and interactive environment for its membership, and promote the industry’s global development. To provide guidance to the securities lending industry and to be its leading voice within the EMEA regions.

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About ISLA