ISDA Guidance: UK FCA Announcement on the LIBOR Benchmarks

ISDA has published guidance related to today’s announcement by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on the future cessation and loss of representativeness of the LIBOR benchmarks. The guidance covers euro LIBOR, sterling LIBOR, Swiss franc LIBOR, US dollar LIBOR, yen LIBOR, the Singapore dollar Swap Offer Rate and the Thai Baht Interest Rate Fixing.

The guidance describes how the terms of the ISDA 2020 IBOR Fallbacks Protocol and the IBOR Fallbacks Supplement apply to the FCA LIBOR announcement, as well as how the terms of the 2006 ISDA Definitions Benchmarks Annex to the ISDA Benchmarks Supplement apply to that announcement.

This guidance is not legal advice and market participants should consult their legal advisors as appropriate. Market participants should not rely on this guidance for any purpose but should review the contractual terms of each affected transaction in order to understand the effects of the events described above. ISDA does not assume any responsibility for this guidance and it is not intended to set a precedent. Parties are not obliged to follow this guidance. For cleared transactions and transactions executed on electronic confirmation platforms, market participants should refer to the contractual terms of the applicable clearing house or confirmation platform, as applicable.

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