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FCA: Covid-19 to hit Libor transition timetable

Source: Financial Conduct Authority

The FCA, Bank of England and members of the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates have discussed the impact of the coronavirus on firms’ LIBOR transition plans over the coming months.

The central assumption that firms cannot rely on LIBOR being published after the end of 2021 has not changed and should remain the target date for all firms to meet. The transition from LIBOR remains an essential task that will strengthen the global financial system. Many preparations for transition will be able to continue.

There has, however, been an impact on the timing of some aspects of the transition programmes of many firms. Particularly in segments of the UK market that have made less progress in transition and are therefore still more reliant on LIBOR, such as the loan market, it is likely to affect some of the interim transition milestones.

Alongside other international authorities, the Bank of England, FCA and Working Group will continue to monitor and assess the impact on transition timelines, and will update the market as soon as possible.

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