Benchmark Strategies Forum: Part II

Benchmarks in a Post-LIBOR World: Remaining Challenges

Thursday, June 3 to Friday, July 2, 2021

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With a matter of months to go until the end of 2021, when 30 LIBOR settings with either cease or become non-representative, what issues still need to be resolved? Which alternative rates are gaining traction, and how are regulators and market participants dealing with tough legacy exposures? This ISDA virtual event will explore the remaining challenges and consider how firms are dealing with them.


This is an ISDA Virtual Conference:

  • This is a recording of the Benchmark Strategies Forum: Part II which took place on June 3, 2021
  • Registrants will have access to the recording until 5:00 PM EDT on July 2, 2021
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Print Agenda Benchmark Strategies Forum: Part II for

9:00 AM Opening Remarks Scott O’Malia

Scott O’Malia, Chief Executive Officer, ISDA

9:05 AM Welcoming Remarks Julie Winkler

Julie Winkler, Chief Commercial Officer, CME Group

9:10 AM The Path to Term SOFR Scott O’Malia, Tom Wipf

Moderator: Scott O’Malia, Chief Executive Officer, ISDA
Tom Wipf, ISDA Board Member, Vice Chairman of Institutional Securities, Morgan Stanley & Chair, Alternative Reference Rates Committee

9:30 AM Break

9:35 AM Benchmarks in a Post-LIBOR World Ann M. Battle, Karl Abdelnour, Ronan Farrell, Guillaume Helie, Agha Mirza, Sonali Theisen

The risk-free rates identified by various national working groups are currently trading with varying degrees of liquidity, and with a variety of conventions across derivatives and other instruments. In some cases, administrators are producing forward-looking term rates based on some of these rates. In the US, various credit-sensitive benchmarks have also emerged that are meant to reflect the dynamics of bank lending markets. What rates are gaining most traction? What should market participants consider when choosing a reference rate? This panel will explore the current landscape and discuss what the market might look like in a post-LIBOR world.

Moderator: Ann M. Battle, Assistant General Counsel, Head of Benchmark Reform, ISDA
Karl Abdelnour, Head of USD, GBP, CAD Short Interest Rate Swaps Trading, Citibank
Ronan Farrell, Investment Management Specialist - RFR Programme, Fidelity International
Guillaume Helie, Head of US Rates Structuring & Solutions, Goldman Sachs
Agha Mirza, Managing Director, Global Head of Rates and OTC Products, CME Group
Sonali Theisen, Managing Director - Head of FICC E-Trading & Market Structure, Bank of America

10:25 AM Break

10:30 AM A Legislative Approach Rick Sandilands, Tilman Lüder, Vinay Reddy, Tamsin Rolls, Lary Stromfeld

The US, EU and the UK are all considering legislative solutions to tackle tough legacy exposures. What approach is being taken in each case and how will these solutions interact with each other and with contractual fallbacks? What’s the timing for the legislation and who will benefit from it?

Moderator: Rick Sandilands, Senior Counsel, Europe, ISDA
Tilman Lüder, Head of Securities Markets, DG FISMA, European Commission
Vinay Reddy, Capital Markets Consultant, Linklaters LLP
Tamsin Rolls, Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel, J.P. Morgan
Lary Stromfeld, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

11:00 AM Break

11:05 AM Dealing with Cleared Portfolios Jonathan Martin, Andreas Franke, Udesh Jha, Al Jugoo, Vikash Rughani

The major central counterparties (CCPs) plan to take an active approach to transition, shifting existing contracts from LIBOR to alternative rates before fallbacks take effect. This panel looks at the methodologies being adopted by the CCPs, as well as how compression might help with the transition.

Moderator: Jonathan Martin, Director, Market Infrastructure and Technology, ISDA
Andreas Franke, Head of Risk Methodology OTC, Eurex
Udesh Jha, Managing Director, Post-Trade Services, CME Group
Al Jugoo, Global Head of Clearing Solutions, LCH
Vikash Rughani, Business Manager, triReduce, CME TriOptima

11:45 AM Break

11:50 AM IBOR, Not LIBOR Ann M. Battle, Phoebe Coutts, Timothy Fitzgerald, Michele Mazzoni, Harri Vikstedt

While LIBOR’s days are numbered, a number of other key IBORs are expected to continue alongside local currency risk-free rates. What are the implications of this approach and what rates are market participants trading? This panel will also cover ISDA’s forthcoming work to develop fallbacks for additional IBORs, including the approach for synthetic benchmarks that use US dollar LIBOR as an input.

Moderator: Ann M. Battle, Assistant General Counsel, Head of Benchmark Reform, ISDA
Phoebe Coutts, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP
Timothy Fitzgerald, Senior Trader, Norwegian Interest Rates, DNB Bank
Michele Mazzoni, Senior Officer, Markets Department, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
Harri Vikstedt, Senior Policy Director, Financial Markets Department, Bank of Canada

12:30 PM Conference Concludes

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