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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

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 14

by DLA Piper on

Sometimes it’s easy to criticize the regulators we deal with - for example, when a particular rule or course of action makes things more difficult or complicated and the benefit is not necessarily apparent. It can cause us to...more

The End of an Accrual Period? Replacing LIBOR Benchmark Rate

by King & Spalding on

The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) announced on July 27, 2017 that it expects to eliminate the London Interbank Offered Rate (commonly known as “LIBOR”) as a benchmark rate by 2021. No hard deadline has been...more

LIBOR Set for Elimination in 2021

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), the interest rate tied to trillions of dollars in loans and other financial products, will be eliminated by the end of 2021. British regulators announced the timeline on Thursday,...more

FCA announces end to LIBOR in 2021: what next for loan contracts?

by Dentons on

On 27 July 2017, Andrew Bailey, the CEO of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), announced in a speech at Bloomberg that LIBOR is to be phased out by 2021. This note considers what might replace LIBOR, and how this...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The DOJ is dismissing charges against former JPMorgan employees allegedly mixed up in the London Whale trading scandal that cost JPM more than $6 billion....more

DOJ Settlement Looks to Set New Benchmarks for Suspicious Order Monitoring

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This week, the U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration announced a $35 million settlement with a major pharmaceutical manufacturer to resolve alleged failures to monitor and report suspicious orders for...more

New Broad Treasuries Repo Rate “Best Practice” Benchmark

by Bryan Cave on

On June 22, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (the “ARRC”) identified a broad Treasuries repo financing rate (the “Broad Treasuries Financing Rate”) that, according to the ARRC, in its consensus view represents best...more

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