Letter: Ring-fencing and Proprietary Trading Independent Review: 1 June 2021

The Working Group has noted with interest the appointment by HM Treasury of an independent panel to review the operation of the legislation relating to ring-fencing and the publication of a Call for Evidence. As the Working Group has only just been established, its work has not progressed sufficiently so as to respond to the Call for Evidence. A letter was instead sent to the Independent Review Panel drawing attention to the Working Group’s remit and proposed output.

Response to FCA: Consultation on the proposed policy with respect to the exercise of its powers in relation to LIBOR Transition: 18 January 2021

To facilitate the transition of “tough legacy” contracts away from LIBOR, HM Government has introduced the Financial Services Bill 2019-21 (the “Financial Services Bill”) which grants new powers under to the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) to help it manage an orderly “wind-down of critical benchmarks”.