this response to the FCA’s Consultation on its new powers over the use of critical benchmarks, the FMLC has highlighted uncertainties in relation to the BMR generally, which in turn lead to confusion regarding the new powers and the difficulties in defining the “tough legacy” contracts in relation to which the FCA may use its new powers.
Together with the European Financial Markets Lawyers Group (the “EFMLG”)—a group of senior legal experts from the EU banking sector, hosted by the European Central Bank, dedicated to making analysis […]
The Committee has expressed the view that safe-harbour legislation would address the worst-case risks of frustration, avoidance or force majeure termination which, although they may have only a small chance of crystallising, would be potentially significant in their impact owing to the systemic importance of market standard terms.
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”.
On 21 October 2020, HM Government published the Financial Services Bill 2019-21 (the “Bill”). The Bill amends the U.K.’s existing legislative framework for financial services in 17 distinct areas, addressing […]
This paper, although a departure from the Committee’s usual approach, is intended to survey the uncertainties in the context of LIBOR transition and the steps being taken by authorities around the world so as to draw attention to any residual issues.
The European Commission has published a proposal to amend the BMR (the “Legislative Proposal”) so as to ensure that regulators have the tools to guide the transition avoiding contract frustration and financial instability. The FMLC would like to draw attention to certain issues of uncertainty.
On 11 October 2019, the European Commission published a public consultation document on the review of the BMR (the “Consultation”). The FMLC has submitted a response
FMLC CEO Joanna Perkins gave a speech at Infoline’s Risk Free Rate conference on navigating the transition to a Risk Free Rate. She provided an overview of the Financial Stability […]
In an article for Butterworth’s Journal of International Banking and Finance Law, Dr Perkins and Jennifer Enwezor, former Project Manager at the FMLC Secretariat, examine the difficulties in the transition from IBOR benchmarks to alternative risk-free rates (“RFRs”).