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LIBOR Transition

Ashurst has designed this portal to keep you up to date on the latest developments on LIBOR transition and how they affect existing and new transactions.

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In the UK, the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates was established in 2015 by the Bank of England to recommend a Sterling RFR and promote its adoption as an alternative to Sterling LIBOR. In April 2017, it recommended the SONIA (Sterling Overnight Index Average) benchmark as its preferred RFR and since then it has been focused on implementing the transition to using SONIA across cash and derivatives markets.

Over the same period corresponding working groups, such as the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) in the United States and the working group on euro risk-free rates in the euro-zone, have been performing similar functions in relation to other major currencies.

On 5 March 2021, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced the future cessation or loss of representativeness of the 35 LIBOR benchmark settings currently published by ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA). The announced cessation dates are as follows:

CURRENCY AND TENOR
CESSATION DATE
Sterling - Overnight, one-week, two-month, twelve-month 
31 December 2021
US Dollar - One-week, two-month 
31 December 2021
US Dollar - Overnight, twelve-month 
30 June 2023
Japanese Yen - Spot next, one-week, two-month, twelve-month 
31 December 2021
Euro - All 
31 December 2021
Swiss Franc - All 
31 December 2021

Cessation dates for the remaining LIBOR rates have not yet been specified, but the FCA confirms in their announcement that such rates will cease to be representative of their underlying markets on the following dates:

CURRENCY AND TENOR
UNREPRESENTATIVE FROM
Sterling - One-month, three-month, six-month 
31 December 2021
US Dollar - One-month, three-month, six-month 
30 June 2023
Japanese Yen - One-month, three-month, six-month 
31 December 2021

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The information provided is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all developments in the law and practice, or to cover all aspects of those referred to.
Readers should take legal advice before applying it to specific issues or transactions.

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