The Financial Stability Board (FSB) today 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 end-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.
Among the steps in the Roadmap:
- 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 strongly encourages firms to have adhered to the Protocol.
- 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 end-2021, firms should be prepared for LIBOR to cease