Transition away from LIBOR requires significant commitment and sustained effort from both financial and non-financial institutions across many LIBOR and non-LIBOR jurisdictions.
The Financial Stability Board has identified that continued reliance of global financial markets on LIBOR poses clear risks to global financial stability. On 5 March 2021, ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) and the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) formally confirmed the dates that panel bank submissions for all LIBOR settings will cease, after which representative LIBOR rates will no longer be available. The majority of LIBOR panels will cease at the end of this year, with a number of key US dollar (USD) settings continuing until end-June 2023, to support rundown of legacy contracts only.
This updated Global Transition Roadmap (GTR) 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 LIBOR cessation dates to successfully mitigate these risks. These are considered prudent steps to take to ensure an orderly transition by end-2021 and are intended to supplement existing timelines/milestones from industry working groups and regulators.
This does not constitute regulatory advice or affect any transition expectations set by individual regulators, which may require firms to move faster in some instances. It is important that all regulated financial institutions have an open and constructive LIBOR transition dialogue with their regulators, both home state and host state, throughout the transition period. As benchmark transitions vary across currency regions and legislation and other actions to promote transition are taking different paths in different jurisdictions, financial institutions, non-financial firms and others with exposure to LIBOR benchmarks should also monitor developments with regard to other IBORs relevant to their business.
Compliments of the Financial Stability Board.