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European Commission Proposes Measures to Restore Confidence in Benchmarks

On 18 September 2013, the European Commission (the Commission) published a draft proposal for a regulation on indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts (the Regulation). The Regulation will...more

European Authorities Propose to Take Control of Libor from London

On June 6, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) published their final report setting out principles for benchmark-setting processes in the EU (ESMA/2013/659)....more

IOSCO Consultation Report on Financial Benchmarks

Background - As we have previously reported, a Task Force of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (“IOSCO”) published a consultation on financial benchmarks on 11 January 2013 in response, in part,...more

Ticking Time Bomb: Private LIBOR Litigation

One by one global banks are being ensnared in the LIBOR prosecution net. Late last year UBS, the Swiss banking giant, entered into a massive settlement in which it agreed to pay approximately $1.5 billion in fines and...more

DOJ Announces LIBOR-Related Criminal Charges And Penalties, Regulators Announce Parallel Civil Enforcement Actions

On December 19, both federal law enforcement and U.S. and foreign regulatory authorities announced that a Japanese bank and its Swiss bank parent company agreed to pay more than $1.5 billion to resolve criminal and civil...more

FSA Consults on Regulation of Benchmarks

On December 5, the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) announced a consultation on its new regulatory framework for financial benchmarks – CP12/36 The Regulation and Supervision of Benchmarks. This follows on from the work...more

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