Since publication of our Eye on IBOR Transition article in the Winter 2020 issue of the Mayer Brown Structured Finance Bulletin, IBOR transition activity has accelerated significantly, in large part due to (a) the effectiveness on 25 January 2021 of the ISDA 2020 IBOR Fallbacks Protocol and the related Supplement No. 70 to the 2006 ISDA Definitions; (b) the announcements on 5 March 2021 by ICE Benchmark Administration, LIBOR’s administrator (“IBA”), and the UK Financial Conduct Authority, IBA’s regulator, that IBA will cease publication of the majority of LIBOR settings after publication on 31 December 2021, and of all remaining settings after publication on 30 June 2023; (c) the change in trading conventions for interdealer linear swaps from LIBOR to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) on 26 July 2021 pursuant to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s “SOFR First” Transition Initiative, and (d) the formal recommendation on 29 July 2021 by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee of a SOFR term rate.

We discuss these key events in detail in our article in the Winter 2021 issue of the Journal of Investment Compliance.

Read the full article (PDF).

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