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The Delta Report: On the end of LIBOR: preliminary reflections on its implications for derivatives

by White & Case LLP on

Background and how the London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") works - The financial crisis brought considerable changes to the entire financial regulatory environment and the way many financial instruments, especially...more

The End of LIBOR

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Being a constant follower of overnight bank rates, I am fascinated with commentary regarding the end of LIBOR. LIBOR has not been around since the beginning of time, but only since January 1, 1986. So, being technically...more

An Asian LNG Spot Price – Have We Reached the Tipping Point?

by King & Spalding on

For several years, many government agencies, LNG industry players and commodity trading organisations have been pushing for the development of an Asian LNG market price that is independent of oil prices and reflective of the...more

October 2017: Second Circuit Immunity Decision Upends Cross-Border Criminal Investigations

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in United States v. Allen, --- F.3d ----, 2017 WL 3040201 (2d Cir. July 19, 2017) (slip opinion available at https://goo.gl/FkfwNN), which holds that U.S. courts must give...more

UK SONIA Interest Rate Benchmark Implementation Date Set: April 23, 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Bank of England has announced the implementation date for the reformed Sterling Overnight Index Average Interest Rate Benchmark, known as SONIA. The BoE took over as administrator of SONIA on April 25, 2016. SONIA is...more

[Webinar] Ethics & Compliance Virtual Conference - November 9th, 5:30am PT

by NAVEX Global on

Organizations that focus on creating ethical cultures come out ahead - That’s why this year’s conference theme is Ignite a Winning Workplace Culture. Winning cultures do not happen accidentally – they’re navigated by...more

The Phasing Out of LIBOR: Initial Reaction and Preparation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

1. Background: Elimination of LIBOR by 2021 - As has been widely publicized, on July 27, 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority announced that LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) the longtime global interest rate...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - October 2017 - Issue 8

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on US-EU equivalence of certain OTC derivative rules; the FCA asset management...more

European Securities and Markets Authority Consults on Guidelines for Non-Significant Benchmarks

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has launched a consultation on proposed Guidelines on the obligations applying to the provision of and contribution to non-significant benchmarks under the Benchmarks Regulation....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

France Welcomes Foreign and Alternative Capital Providers with Latest Reform of Finance Sector - Long a cornerstone of the French banking system, the "French banking monopoly" largely prevents non-bank entities from...more

Planning For The End of LIBOR

by Holland & Knight LLP on

By 2021, it is likely that LIBOR will no longer exist, and even more likely that it will no longer be the leading global benchmark interest rate. This news comes from the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement...more

FCA Announces Discontinuation of LIBOR

by Hogan Lovells on

As you may know, on July 27, 2017 the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Andrew Bailey announced that market participants should not rely on the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) being available after...more

Asset Management Regulatory Roundup - October 2017 - Issue 7

by Dechert LLP on

A compact summary of the most recent regulatory developments relevant to the UK asset management industry. This issue includes details on ESMA's updated Q&As on the Benchmark Regulation and European Commission delegated...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Agencies Propose Simplifying Regulatory Capital Rules - On September 27, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a proposed...more

The Rise of the ESAs: EU Proposals to Extend Direct Supervision of Financial Markets

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 20 September 2017, the European Commission published a package of measures designed to increase the powers of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), primarily by transferring certain powers of regulation and...more

New European Commission proposals aimed at promoting growth and investment in Europe

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has proposed a series of reforms to strengthen and further centralise supervision of the European capital and financial markets at the EU level with the aim of creating stronger and more integrated...more

Lights Out for LIBOR by 2021

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Questions regarding the sustainability and desirability of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) have prompted the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to urge the phasing out of LIBOR and a transition to alternative...more

The likely replacement for Libor may be just as prone to abuse

by WilmerHale on

Following the investigations into alleged manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), in July the head of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Andrew Bailey, announced plans to abandon this “unsustainable”...more

The Transition Away from LIBOR

by Bryan Cave on

LIBOR, or the London Interbank Offered Rate, is a benchmark utilized in a variety of financial transactions (including the setting of interest rates in credit agreements). It was intended to be an average of the rates at...more

Federal Reserve Board Requests Public Comment on Proposed LIBOR Replacement

On August 24, the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) requested public comment on a proposal for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in cooperation with the Office of Financial Research, to produce three new reference rates...more

London Interbank Offered Rate to Be Replaced By End of 2021

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently announced that the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is to be phased out by the end of 2021 and replaced with a more reliable alternative. LIBOR is a daily...more

FCA announces plan to scrap LIBOR before 2022

by WilmerHale on

In the wake of multiple criminal and regulatory investigations into alleged manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”), Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has...more

The Transition Away from Libor: The Sky is not Falling, but There Are Steps That you Should Take Now to Prepare for When it...

by Bryan Cave on

LIBOR, or the London Interbank Offered Rate, is a benchmark utilized in a variety of financial transactions (including the setting of interest rates in credit agreements). It was intended to be an average of the rates at...more

LIBOR Replacement Plans Bring Regulatory Considerations for Derivatives

Plans to end the long reign of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as one of the world's most often-used interest rate benchmarks have recently been confirmed by several top financial regulators. On July 27, 2017,...more

Preparing for the End of LIBOR

by Barley Snyder on

The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has stated it intends to phase out the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) by the end of 2021. LIBOR is used regularly as an interest rate index in variable rate loans, and is the...more

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