Topic: Libor

FCA confirms synthetic Libor “at least for 2022” – but ESMA warns over incompatibility

The UK Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed it will allow the temporary use of ‘synthetic’ sterling and yen Libor rates after the looming December deadline for the benchmark’s cessation – but EU regulators have warned the synthetic is not compatible with their benchmark rules.

24 November 2021

US regulators define “new” Libor contracts in latest guidance

Federal regulators in the United States have laid out the boundaries of what a “new” Libor contract constitutes, ahead of the benchmark’s forthcoming end date this December.

22 October 2021

FCA widens definition of legacy contracts for synthetic Libor

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has set out plans for its “synthetic” version of the Libor benchmark as its end date approaches, and clarified which contracts will be permitted to use it.

04 October 2021

Fieldfisher hires from BNY Mellon; Ashurst appoints in Sydney

A Bank of New York Mellon managing counsel has joined Fieldfisher's London office, while Ashurst has continued the expansion of its finreg practice with a new partner hire in Sydney.

19 August 2021

Sofr confirmed as US dollar Libor replacement

The United States’ dedicated benchmark reform committee has officially endorsed Sofr as an alternative to dollar Libor.

02 August 2021

FCA proposing extended Libor for sterling and yen settings

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has proposed allowing the use of some yen and sterling-denominated Libor interest rates beyond the 31 December cut-off, but is warning market participants not wait for a “potential synthetic solution”.

28 June 2021

ISDA consults on Libor swap rate fallbacks, SEC chair Gensler warns against Bloomberg alternative

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association has asked market participants to provide feedback on fallback frameworks for US dollar and sterling Libor swap rates, while SEC chair Gary Gensler warned firms against switching to Bloomberg’s BSBY rate as a replacement due to “a heck of an economic incentive to manipulate it”.

14 June 2021

OCBC bondholders consent to £250 million Libor switch

Singapore’s OCBC Bank, advised by Linklaters, has won approval from bondholders to switch the benchmark underpinning millions of pounds in covered bonds from Libor to a new risk-free rate.

10 June 2021

“Days not weeks”: CFTC and Fed groups back accelerated Libor departure

The United States’ Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s benchmark reform committee has called for a swifter move away from Libor in interdealer swap trades, to speed up the production of a term rate for its replacement benchmark.

09 June 2021

Shariah standard-setter warns of Ibor transition risks

The International Islamic Financial Market has detailed how the global transition away from interbank offered rates (Ibors) to risk-free rates could lead to some contracts falling out of shariah compliance.

01 April 2021

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