We can assist law firms, banks, asset managers, insurance companies and corporates in setting and achieving your strategic objectives and delivering mission-critical strategic projects involving legal and documentation functions, services and processes. These may include:


  • Legal risk management: assessing legal risk within your business and developing and implementing effective legal risk management policies and procedures.
  • Legal technology: assisting you with the design and implementation of legal technology solutions.
  • Legal and documentation processes: assessing, establishing, streamlining and developing legal and documentation processes.
  • Legal and documentation function structure: establishing or optimising efficient legal and documentation functions.
  • Nearshoring/Offshoring: assisting you in the development of nearshoring/offshoring legal and documentation process platforms and centres.
  • Insourcing vs. outsourcing: helping you to determine the optimal balance between insourced and outsourced legal and documentation services.
  • Flexible resourcing: assisting with the establishment and implementation of flexible resourcing models.

We are experts in repo, securities lending and derivatives documentation and can provide you and your teams with bespoke specialist training which can be customised to your exact needs and delivered at your offices. We can provide all levels of training from beginner to advanced, including:


  • Group training: training for small or large groups of lawyers, documentation managers and other professionals delivered at any of your offices worldwide, including delivery of your in-house training programme or refresher training.
  • Induction training: training for new joiners to your organisation or team, whatever their level. We can even provide customised training in YOUR OWN documentation and related policies and procedures, ensuring they hit the ground running, and relieving you of the need to repeat potentially intensive and time-consuming training for all new hires.
  • One-to-one expertise masterclasses: designed to help you achieve the very highest level of understanding of the documentation.

We live in a world of change, and the financial markets in particular are in the middle of a period of unprecedented change. Financial institutions and their professional advisers are battling with multiple large-scale projects with regular hard deadlines. We can help you manage those projects and meet your deadlines. In particular, we can:


  • Design and management: help you design and manage large-scale legal, documentation or regulatory projects.
  • Coordination: coordinate and act as your centralised one-stop shop managing all of your internal and external legal and documentation teams and advisers and other service providers.
  • Reporting: provide regular reporting and metrics on the project delivery.
  • Brexit: assist you with the management of Brexit-related projects.
  • "Rescue service": help rescue projects which have fallen behind schedule or which have impending deadlines which look increasingly impossible to meet.



REPO BOOK - Understanding Repo and the GMRA

Christopher Georgiou of Apollo Legal & Jonathan Haines of Ashurst LLP


Six years have now passed since the first edition of our guide to repo and the Global Master Repurchase Agreement. In that time interest in the repo market has, if anything, intensified with further defaults and litigation, participants ramping up documentation procedures and default procedures, a number of sovereign debt crises and related Eurozone contingency planning and, following on from the wave of regulation engulfing the derivatives market, similar regulation has finally hit the repo market.


This new edition takes account of these developments and, including several new chapters and fully updated throughout the rest of the guide, aims to provide readers with:


  • a general orientation around the repo and securities lending markets
  • an understanding of the principal economics and uses of repo
  • a user’s guide to the 1995, 2000 & 2011 GMRA
  • a summary of the 2011 GMRA Annexes
  • an overview of tri-party repo
  • an overview of recharacterisation risk
  • an explanation of netting opinions
  • a high-level summary of EU Regulation affecting repo (including SFTR, BRRD, Basel III & CSDR)
  • a summary of the Lehman Brothers v. ExxonMobil repo case
  • an overview of a default management process
  • an overview of the ERCC Best Practice Guide
  • tables comparing the different versions of the GMRA and comparing the 2011 GMRA and the 2010 GMSLA
  • updated specimen forms of default notices

How to Order

To order copies of the book at £95 each (discounts for multiple orders) or £50 each for ICMA members, please click here to download and submit an Order Form.

About us

Christopher Georgiou

Christopher Georgiou is a solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in the financial markets and has extensive management, strategic and transactional expertise. He was most recently a partner for 14 years at Ashurst LLP and formerly Global Head of its Securities & Derivatives Group and Co-Head of its Bank Industry sector. Chris has advised leading global commercial and investment banks, insurance companies and asset managers on derivatives and structured products, repo and securities lending, and structured finance matters.

An acknowledged expert in repo and securities lending, Chris delivers ICMA’s repo and securities lending legal and documentation workshops and is the author of several books on repo, including co-author of Ashurst’s “Understanding Repo and the GMRA”. He has extensive senior in-house investment banking and management experience derived from previous roles as General Counsel for NatWest Global Financial Markets and Head of Legal (London) for Gen Re Securities.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 3292 0550

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Apollo Legal is the trading name of Apollo Legal Consultancy Ltd, a private limited company registered in England and Wales under registered number 09872585 whose registered office is at Verulam Point, Station Way, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 5HE. Apollo Legal Consultancy Ltd is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and is not authorised by the SRA to give legal advice and Christopher Georgiou is, for the purposes of the services of Apollo Legal, a non-practising solicitor.



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