Welcome to the latest issue of Mayer Brown’s IBOR Transition Digest—a periodic compendium of global regulatory and market developments and insights on the complex issues confronting financial market participants as they plan to transition from LIBOR and its variants to replacement benchmark interest rates. As attention to IBORtransition accelerates and becomes more focused, it is critical to have access to comprehensive and timely resources about the market.

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Thought Leadership | News and Developments | Upcoming Events


 

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

ESMA Chair Steven Maijoor discusses the status of €STR, EONIA and EURIBOR
Eye on IBOR Transition Blog, 20 October 2020
Summarizing the most recent and upcoming steps with regard to the implementation of the Euro Short-Term Rate (“€STR”)—an unsecured, transaction-based overnight rate—as the new market standard interest rate for Euro-based borrowings.

Financial Stability Board Issues Global LIBOR Transition Roadmap
Eye on IBOR Transition Blog, 16 October 2020
The Financial Stability Board issued a Global Transition Roadmap to support global coordination of LIBOR cessation.

Limited US Tax Guidance for Adding ARRC and ISDA Fallbacks
Legal Update, 14 October 2020
The Internal Revenue Service has released Revenue Procedure 2020-44, providing retroactive but limited relief for amending specific types of legacy contracts to add fallback mechanics for the London Interbank Offer Rate or other Interbank Offer Rates.

US CFTC Provides Reporting Relief for Swaps Related to Upcoming DCO Auctions Required for LIBOR Transition
Eye on IBOR Transition Blog, 14 October 2020
The Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued swap transaction and pricing data reporting relief to specific derivatives clearing organizations in support of transitioning certain cleared swaps from discounting using the Effective Federal Funds Rate to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate.

 

NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS

United States – Derivatives

CFTC Staff Provides Reporting Relief for Swaps Related to Upcoming DCO Auctions as Part of the Industry-Wide Initiative to Transition Away from LIBOR, with links to Staff Letters 20-32 and 20-33
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 13 October 2020
The CFTC announced that it has provided swap transaction and pricing data reporting relief to specific derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) and market participants participating in upcoming DCO auctions that will help transition certain cleared swaps from discounting using the Effective Federal Funds Rate to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate.

United States – General

Rev Proc 2020-44
Internal Revenue Service, 9 October 2020
The purpose of this revenue procedure is to facilitate the market’s transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate and other interbank offered rates to alternative reference rates through adoption of fallback language recommended by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.

United Kingdom – Derivatives

Statement welcoming the announcement by ISDA on its IBOR Fallbacks Protocol and IBOR Fallbacks Supplement
Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates, 9 October 2020
The Working Group strongly encourages early adherence to the Protocol by both financial and non-financial firms. Market participants that intend to adhere to the Protocol are encouraged to do so during the escrow period, if possible, to support broader adoption.

United Kingdom – General

Term SONIA Reference Rate Publication Summary
Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates, 16 October 2020
An overview of the key features of SONIA term rates to inform market participants and allow them to consider whether any amendments might be required to their systems or products ahead of transition to such rates.

Freely Available Independent RFR Calculator Summary
Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates, 16 October 2020
A summary of the freely available independent RFR calculators in the market to support the adoption of compounded SONIA and assist in assessing related operating system requirements.

Asia and Pacific Rim – Derivatives

Letter to Authorized Institutions Requesting Adherence to ISDA Protocol
Hong Kong Monetary Authority, 16 October 2020
Requesting authorized institutions to take early action to adhere to the IBOR Fallbacks Protocol.

TMA WGARR Statement on ISDA IBOR Fallbacks Supplement and Protocol
Treasury Markets Association, 12 October 2020
The working group supports the launch of the ISDA Protocol and encourages TMA members to adhere.

Global – Derivatives

FSB encourages broad and timely adherence to the ISDA IBOR Fallbacks Protocol
Financial Stability Board, 9 October 2020
The FSB strongly encourages widespread and early adherence to the Protocol – by all affected financial and non-financial firms – which will be a major driver of transition for derivatives in all LIBOR currencies and a critical step in benchmark transition ahead of end-2021.

IBOR Alternative Reference Rates Disclosure
International Swaps and Derivatives Association, 9 October 2020
This Disclosure is provided for Rates Transactions where an IBOR is an Underlier, but also provides information that may be useful in connection with other IBOR-based Obligations and Investments

Global – General

Global Transition Roadmap for LIBOR
Financial Stability Board, 16 October 2020
This Global Transition Roadmap is intended to inform those with exposure to LIBOR benchmarks of some of the steps they should be taking now and over the remaining period to end-2021 to successfully mitigate these risks.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

The ISDA Fallback Protocol
IBOR Transition Webinar Series, 22 and 23 October 2020

Europe: 22 October, 2020 - 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m GMT and 23 October, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. GMT
United States: 22 October, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m EDT and 23 October, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT

Join Mayer Brown Partners Ed Parker, Chris Arnold and Curtis Doty for a discussion of the key features of the ISDA IBOR Fallbacks Protocol and its underlying document template, as well as related issues, including adherence to the protocol and key timing milestones. In the second part of the webinar we will focus on a critical analysis of the Protocol and answer questions relating to the key implications for loan markets and the likely adherents to the protocol.

Replays of all of our IBOR Transition Webinar Series presentations are available via iTunes podcasts, Google play or Spotify, as well as on the IBOR Transition Webinar Series page of our dedicated IBOR Transition portal.