As of January 1, 2022 the Financial Conduct Authority will no longer compel banks to quote LIBOR (and its variations) as a benchmark lending rate. The required transition is shaping up to be one of the most fundamental changes to the financial services industry in recent times.
It is estimated that there are over $300 trillion of LIBOR-referencing mortgages, commercial loans, bonds and derivatives. The problem is global, complex and isn’t going away. Affected banks, insurers, and other financial market participants need to act quickly, and effectively, to resolve it.
Adding to the complexity is confusion in the market due to challenges from the COVID19 pandemic. While regulators are standing firm on the deadline, this is no reason organizations should expect to find themselves in the dark on what to do.
Mayer Brown's new LIBOR Transition series of webinars and podcasts will provide information on the key issues and considerations you need to know about.
An update for Derivatives
In this latest webinar in our IBOR Transition series, we will reflect on the impact of recent developments for derivative based products. Edmund Parker and Patrick Scholl will look at: How successful has the ISDA Protocol been? What does the FCA Announcement on the future cessation or loss of representativeness of all 35 LIBOR benchmarks mean in the context of the Protocol? What impact will the US “ Legislative solution" which became law this week have on US tough legacy contracts? How do you prepare for non-standard remediation? What do I need to know about the German Banking Association’s “Supplementary Agreement for IBOR succession”.
Ambiguity and Confusion Surround the End of LIBOR
In this latest webinar in our IBOR Transition series, David Duffee, Adam Wolk and Mary Jo Miller reflect on the recent IBA and FCA announcements on the cessation of LIBOR and introduce the following topics: What is “synthetic LIBOR” and why won’t it work in the United States (but will work in Europe)? Fallbacks in 2021 – are US regulators mandating the use of the hard-wired approach, or not? What decisions must lenders make to document SOFR loans in 2021.
Exploring credit sensitive alternatives to SOFR
The Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) has selected Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) as the replacement for LIBOR in the US. However, a group of US banks — primarily non-money centers have expressed concerns about the use of SOFR as the replacement benchmark for LIBOR. They argue that during times of economic stress, SOFR would decrease as their cost of funds increase, eroding the return on SOFR-linked loans. These banks have championed a more credit sensitive approach or a credit sensitive supplement to SOFR. In response, the New York Fed created a Credit Sensitivity Group and have convened four meetings of the group to date in 2020 to (i) understand of the challenges that banks of all sizes, and their borrowers, may face in transitioning loan products from LIBOR to SOFR and (ii) explore methodologies that consider a credit sensitive rate/spread that could be added to SOFR. Join Mayer Brown Partner Paul Forrester and Heidi Rudolph, Managing Director at Morae Global, as we discuss topics including: Why is there a need for credit sensitive rate? What are the “credit sensitive” alternatives to SOFR? How can banks use modelling techniques to identify, quantify and mitigate credit (?) exposures (and preserve their profit margins?) across their portfolios? How can banks ensure that these modelling techniques are transparent so that borrowers can anticipate and manage their borrowing cost?
The ISDA Fallback Protocol: Part 2
In this second part, Mayer Brown partners Ed Parker, Chris Arnold and Curtis Doty will focus on an analysis of the protocol and answer questions such as: “What are the key implications for loan markets? and “Who are the likely adherents to the protocol?”
The ISDA Fallback Protocol: Part 1
Mayer Brown partners Ed Parker, Chris Arnold and Curtis Doty will discuss the key features of the protocol and its underlying document template as well as issues such as adherence to the protocol and key timing milestones. In the second part of the edition, we will focus on an analysis of the protocol and answer questions such as: “What are the key implications for loan markets? and “Who are the likely adherents to the protocol?”
SOFR Loan Documentation: 8 things for lenders and borrowers to consider
Mayer Brown Partners David Duffee, Jennie Kratchovil, Adam Wolk and Paul Forrester discuss 8 key things that both borrowers and lenders need to focus on when documenting SOFR loans in the face of the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) hardwired approach on SOFR.