ISDA has today published a report that summarizes responses to a consultation on pre-cessation issues for LIBOR and certain other interbank offered rates (IBORs).
The consultation took place between May and July, and sought comment on how derivatives contracts should address a regulatory announcement that LIBOR or certain other IBORs categorized as critical benchmarks under the EU Benchmarks Regulation are no longer representative of an underlying market.
The consultation followed a request by the Financial Stability Board’s Official Sector Steering Group (FSB OSSG) for ISDA to obtain market feedback on the events that should trigger a move to a spread-adjusted fallback rate for LIBOR.
The responses to the consultation indicate that a majority of market participants would generally not want to continue referencing a covered IBOR in existing or new derivatives contracts following a statement from a supervisor that it is no longer representative of the underlying market. However, the consultation did not reveal a consensus on how to respond to such a statement in the context of fallbacks for derivatives contracts.
Respondents were split between those who supported the inclusion of a pre-cessation trigger based on representativeness within fallbacks for derivatives contracts but with the flexibility to include or exclude certain trades and/or counterparties (22.5%), those who supported a trigger but without flexibility or optionality (27.0%), those who supported a trigger but didn’t express a preference on flexibility (14.6%), and those who opposed any implementation of a pre-cessation trigger (28.1%).
“ISDA will continue to work towards finding a solution for how to address a non-representative covered IBOR in derivatives documentation and how to implement a pre-cessation trigger for fallbacks in this scenario. Based on the feedback to the consultation, it would be helpful to have more clarity from regulators on the specific circumstances under which they may determine a covered IBOR to be non-representative, and the length of time during which a non-representative IBOR may be published,” said Scott O’Malia, ISDA’s Chief Executive.
View the report summarizing the results of the consultation here.
View an August 2019 statement summarizing the preliminary results of the consultation here.
View the May 2019 consultation on pre-cessation issues here.