Leaving LIBOR: the ISDA 2020 IBOR Fallbacks Protocol and IBOR Supplement

With LIBOR due to disappear by end-2021, work has been underway to facilitate the transition from LIBOR and other IBORs to alternative risk free rates (or RFRs). The derivatives market has been at the forefront of the transition and is some distance further ahead than other financial markets. In particular, ISDA has recently published the 2020 IBOR Fallbacks Protocol and IBOR Fallbacks Supplement, which introduce hardwired fallbacks from IBORs to relevant RFRs for new products and legacy products. Read more

LIBOR Transition Status Update – October 2020

The cessation of the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) at the end of 2021 has long been an issue vexing the global financial services industry given the scale and geographic spread of exposures to the affected benchmarks across the currencies and terms in which it is published. As we reach what Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, has called the “endgame”, we thought it would be useful to publish an update on the status of this transition. In our LIBOR Transition Status Update – October 2020, we draw together key recent developments in this transition and summarise the current status in the most impacted product markets at this critical juncture. Read more

FSB Report: Supervisory issues associated with benchmark transition: major LIBOR transition risks

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published its long-awaited report to the G20 on supervisory issues related to LIBOR transition. It follows a survey of the state of preparedness of regulators around the globe and presents its recommendations. The purpose of this engagement is to facilitate greater coordination on a global level, to mitigate the impact on financial stability generally and both financial institutions and non-financial institutions specifically: FSB Report: Supervisory issues associated with benchmark transition. Read more

LIBOR discontinuation – FCA thematic feedback on responses to Dear CEO letter

The FCA and PRA yesterday published a joint statement setting out their key observations from the responses of major banks and insurers in the UK to the Dear CEO letters published in September 2018, which asked for details of the preparations and actions being taken by those firms to manage transition from LIBOR to alternative interest rate benchmarks (SONIA … Read more