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FSB updates LIBOR transition roadmap

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On June 2, the Financial Stability Board released an updated version of the Global Transition Roadmap for LIBOR, which is intended to advise those with exposure to LIBOR benchmarks of some of the steps they should take now and over the remaining period to LIBOR cessation dates to successfully mitigate risks. As previously covered by InfoBytes, the Financial Stability Board released the roadmap last October to outline the steps financial firms and their clients should take “in order to ensure a smooth LIBOR transition” from now through 2021. According to the recent announcement, “transition away from LIBOR requires significant commitment and sustained effort from both financial and non-financial institutions across many LIBOR and non-LIBOR jurisdictions.” In addition to identifying actions that should already be complete, the roadmap details the following steps:

  • ISDA Fallback Protocol Effective Date. Firms should adhere to the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s (ISDA) IBOR Fallback Protocol and IBOR Fallback Supplement, which were launched last October and took effect in January 2021 (covered by InfoBytes here).
  • By mid-2021. Firms should have identified which contracts can be amended and contact other parties to prepare for the use of alternative rates. Firms should also execute formalized plans to covert legacy LIBOR contracts to alternative rates.
  • By the end of 2021. All new business should be conducted in, or capable of switching immediately to, alternative rates.
  • By June 2023. Firms should “be prepared for all remaining USD LIBOR settings to cease.”
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