ISDA Symposium® Benchmark Reform

Update on ISDA and Industry Initiatives

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Member $400 U.S.

Non-Member $500 U.S.

Register for ISDA Symposium® Benchmark Reform

This half-day symposium will provide an update on benchmark reform efforts globally. Since 2013, IOSCO and the FSB Official Sector Steering Group (OSSG) and public-private sector working groups in various jurisdictions have been working to reform major interest rate benchmarks, identify alternative rates and develop plans for adoption of those rates. In parallel with these efforts, ISDA and others have been leading work to enhance contractual robustness of derivatives and other financial instruments by implementing clear and certain fallbacks that would apply if a key benchmark is permanently discontinued. The importance of this work was amplified in July 2017 when the UK Financial Conduct Authority announced that it would not compel or persuade panel banks to submit to LIBOR after 2021, which called into question the future of LIBOR after that date. This symposium will cover market, economic, operational and legal issues related to these topics.

Educational Credits

3.5 CLE Credit Hours Available (New York) Transitional and Non-transitional 

3.5 CPE Credit Hours Available

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM Introduction and Welcoming Remarks

9:15 AM Introduction to Alternative Risk-Free Rates

What are SOFR, SONIA, ESTER, SARON, TONA and the similar rates identified as alternatives to LIBOR and other IBORs? Why are they more robust than the IBORs? How are these rates currently traded and what needs to happen over the next three years to ensure that liquid markets develop? What are the risk-free rate working groups in relevant jurisdictions doing to promote adoption of the alternative rates? What will happen to legacy transactions that reference LIBOR and other IBORs? What are the impacts on the cross-currency derivatives market?

10:15 AM Transition to Risk-Free Rates and Implementation of Fallbacks in Derivatives

At the request of the FSB OSSG, ISDA is leading global work to implement fallbacks for LIBOR and other key IBORs in the 2006 ISDA Definitions. ISDA and its members are also working to build derivatives markets in the alternative risk-free rates on a going forward basis and to address risks of legacy portfolios, including in particular legacy portfolios that reference LIBOR. This panel will cover ISDA’s work and touch on how all the different initiatives fit together within the cleared and non-cleared derivatives markets. It will also cover implications for derivatives collateral and discounting. Applicable regulation in certain jurisdictions and work that is underway to remove any regulatory, accounting, tax or similar impediments to implementing derivatives reforms.

11:30 AM Coffee Break

11:45 AM Interactions Between Cash Products and Derivatives

Numerous cash products, including loans, securitisations, bonds and consumer products also reference LIBOR and other IBORs. What efforts are underway globally to transition these products to alternative risk-free rates?  How are derivatives and cash markets coordinating to ensure continued effectiveness of hedges and as much consistency as possible in the market? How should market participants address legacy exposure to LIBOR in particular in cash products (e.g., bonds) that are difficult or impossible to amend?

12:45 PM Conference Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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Allen & Overy LLP, One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD. Phone +44 (0) 203 808 9700. A map to the venue can be found here. You will be required to provide photo identification in order to enter the venue. Please ensure you present this at the ground floor reception or you may be refused entry.

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Registration fee is for one person to attend the entire event. Pass may not be split between multiple attendees.
Groups of three or more attendees from the same firm can receive a 20% discount on most event registrations. Groups must be registered together, in advance of the event. To register your group, please email

Member $400 U.S.

Non-Member $500 U.S.

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Some knowledge of derivatives documentation is assumed. No advance preparation is required.
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  • CLE

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