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FSB publishes global transition roadmap for LIBOR

Jessica Bird

October 16, 2020

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published a global transition roadmap for LIBOR. 

The roadmap sets out a timetable of actions for financial and non-financial sector firms to take in order to ensure a smooth LIBOR transition by the end of 2021.

In July, the FSB reaffirmed that financial and non-financial sector firms across all jurisdictions should continue their efforts to make wider use of risk-free rates in order to reduce reliance on IBORs where appropriate, and in particular to remove remaining dependencies on LIBOR by the end of 2021.

The LIBOR benchmarks are not guaranteed to continue to be available after the end of 2021, and therefore preparations should be underway to reduce reliance on these rates well ahead of that point.

The Global Transition Roadmap for LIBOR 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 the end of 2021 to successfully mitigate risk.

Firms should have already identified and assessed all existing LIBOR exposures and agreed on a project plan to transition in advance of end-2021.

By the effective date of the ISDA Fallbacks Protocol, the FSB has strongly encouraged firms to have adhered to it.

By the end of 2020, firms should be in a position to offer non-LIBOR linked loans to their customers.

By mid-2021, firms should have established formalised plans to amend legacy contracts where this can be done, and have implemented the necessary system and process changes to enable transition to robust alternative rates.

By the end of 2021, firms should be prepared for LIBOR to cease.


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