ISDA Symposium® ISDA 2018 Benchmarks Supplement

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
ISDA Conference Center
New York

The 2018 ISDA Benchmarks Supplement Protocol and ISDA Amend system was published on December 10, 2018. This symposium provides a timely introduction to the ISDA Benchmarks Supplement, its Protocol, and will feature a live demonstration of the ISDA Amend system. The 2018 ISDA Benchmarks Supplement is designed to enhance the contractual robustness of interest rate, equity, FX and commodity derivative transactions and to help firms demonstrate compliance with the European Benchmarks Regulation and IOSCO Statement on Matters to Consider in the Use of Financial Benchmarks.

Educational Credits

4.5 CLE Credit Hours Available (New York)
Transitional and Nontransitional

4.5 CPE Credit Hours Available

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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8:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM Introduction & Welcoming Remarks Rick Sandilands

Rick Sandilands, Senior Counsel, Europe, ISDA

9:00 AM The Regulatory Context Behind the Creation of the Benchmarks Supplement

  • The IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks and IOSCO Statement on Matters for Consideration in the Use of Financial Benchmarks
  • The Financial Stability Board’s report on the reform of certain Interest Rate Benchmarks
  • The European Benchmark Regulation

10:00 AM Consideration of Benchmark Related Triggers and Fallbacks Across the Asset Classes Covered by ISDA’s Definitional Booklets Prior to the Benchmarks Supplement

  • How well equipped are the definitional booklets to deal with the requirements of the European Benchmarks Regulation?

10:45 AM Coffee Break

11:00 AM A Detailed Walk-through of the Provisions of the Benchmarks Supplement

  • How the Benchmarks supplement fills potential gaps by asset class
  • Explanation of how the Benchmarks supplement will interact with ISDA’s development of specific fallbacks to be triggered by the permanent discontinuation of certain IBORs

12:30 PM Implementation Methods for the Benchmark Supplement (featuring a live demonstration of the ISDA Amend ISDA Benchmarks Protocol system)

  • The 2018 ISDA Benchmarks supplement Protocol and ISDA Amend system
  • Bilateral implementation
  • Legacy trades
  • Points to consider in relation to the definitional booklets and the Benchmarks supplement when producing a plan under Article 28(2) of the Benchmarks Regulation

1:15 PM Symposium Concludes

Agenda is subject to change.

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Rick Sandilands

Senior Counsel, Europe


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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 event registrations. To register your group, please email prior to the event.

Member $400 U.S.

Non-Member $500 U.S.

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Basic knowledge of derivatives documentation is beneficial but not mandatory. Some knowledge of financial markets is assumed. No advance preparation is required.

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  • CLE

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