The phasing out of LIBOR
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In July 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) signalled the discontinuation of LIBOR. This kick-started significant activity around the globe to consider the implications and prepare for transition to alternative reference rates.
On 5 March 2021 the FCA announced the dates that all LIBOR settings will either cease to be provided by any administrator or no longer be representative:
- Immediately after 31 December 2021, in the case of all sterling, euro, Swiss franc and Japanese yen settings, and the 1-week and 2-month US dollar settings; and
- Immediately after 30 June 2023, in the case of the remaining US dollar settings
The FCA confirmed on 16 November 2021 that they will prohibit new use of the remaining US dollar LIBOR settings by supervised entities after 31 December 2021, subject to certain exceptions. This is in line with guidance from the US regulators.
We now have certainty on how LIBOR will cease and the need to take action to remove reliance on LIBOR now.
Further information can be found in the Newsletters and Reference Materials sections of this webpage or get in touch with your usual relationship contact.
March 2021 – FCA Announcement on the end of LIBOR
This announcement provides greater certainty on the cessation of LIBOR and reinforces the need to finalise planning as soon as practicable.
Reference rates for loans and derivatives are changing as a result of LIBOR approaching cessation. This may have an impact on the products and services you currently use and those we may provide in the future.
The Benchmark Factsheets provide an outline of the main features of key benchmark rates.
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