The International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) is a trade association established in 1989 to represent the common interests of participants in the securities lending industry. ISLA works closely with European regulators and in the United Kingdom has representation on the Securities Lending and Repo Committee, a committee of market practitioners chaired by the Bank of England.
The Association has contributed to a number of major market initiatives, including the development of the UK Securities Borrowing and Lending Code of Guidance and the industry-standard lending agreement, the Global Master Securities Lending Agreement (GMSLA).
ISLA’s aims for 2012/13 are:
ISLA has more than 90 full and associate members comprising insurance companies, pension funds, asset managers, banks, securities dealers and service providers representing more than 4,000 clients. While based in London, ISLA represents members from more than twenty countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America.
ISLA has an elected Board of twelve industry professionals representing firms from all parts of the industry.
The current Chairman is Richard Thompson of Northern Trust . ISLA appointed Kevin McNulty as its Chief Executive in 2009.