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Libor Benchmarks

Are you prepared for the future of LIBOR?

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the UK has announced that it will no longer require banks to submit London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) quotes after 2021. This change requires careful review and action for...more

LIBOR Phaseout: What Happened and What's Next?

by Baker Donelson on

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom plans to phase out the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) by the end of 2021. LIBOR is the benchmark rate that many banks use to set interest rates in loan...more

The Future of Libor Implications for the Loan Market

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The London Interbank Offered Rate (ICE LIBOR, often referred to colloquially as Libor) is an important interest rate benchmark. It is currently set with reference to the rate at which certain large and financially sound Libor...more

CFTC Updates on Virtual Currency Regulation, Alternatives to Libor and Fallout From Brexit

In 2017, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo made clear he will strive to improve, not abolish, many reforms the CFTC adopted to implement the Dodd-Frank Act’s mandate for new...more

The Future of LIBOR

A London seminar considers what may become of the long-time benchmark interest rate as it faces possible obsolescence—and what might take its place. Although the 2021 deadline, after which LIBOR will not be supported by...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2018

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Replacing LIBOR in Derivatives Agreements

In July 2017, the CEO of the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Andrew Bailey, announced that the FCA will discontinue the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) at the end of 2021. LIBOR is an interest rate index that is...more

Life After LIBOR

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

After a long and at times scandalous life, LIBOR is retiring. Earlier this year, Andrew Bailey, chief executive officer of the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator of the London Interbank Offered...more

LIBOR Benchmark Confirmed until 2021

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed that the 20 panel banks for the LIBOR benchmark have agreed to support LIBOR until at least 2021. The announcement follows the statement by the FCA's Chief Executive, Andrew...more

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

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

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

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

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 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

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