On 27 July 2017, Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Conduct Authority, made a speech about the future of LIBOR stating that market participants should not rely on LIBOR being available after 2021. Work is progressing on the transition to alternative near risk-free reference rates in each of the LIBOR currencies. The LMA is working with the market, other trade associations and the regulators on the transition.

LIBOR Transition - counting down to end-2021

Latest News

LMA publishes updated list of syndicated and bilateral loans referencing near risk-free rates

On 20 January 2021, we published an updated version of the list setting out RFR-referencing loans which have been publicly disclosed to date. The update reflects details of new RFR and rate switch transactions which have taken place internationally, including for the following borrowers: AstraZeneca, Ahold Delhaize, TRIG, Metropolitan Thames Valley, Target Healthcare REIT, Tong Eng Group and Sembcorp Industries. The list is not comprehensive of all loan market transactions referencing RFRs, given the private nature of the loan market. If you would like to submit a transaction for the list, please contact us.

Bank of England, FCA and Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates publish statement on final countdown to GBP LIBOR transition and 2021 Roadmap

On 11 January 2021, the Bank of England, the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates and the UK Financial Conduct Authority published a joint statement, alongside an update to the Working Group's 2021 priorities and roadmap. The top priority is for market participants to be fully prepared for the end of GBP LIBOR by end-2021. In particular, from the end of March 2021, GBP LIBOR should no longer be used in any new lending or other cash products that expire after end-2021.

Interview: LIBOR transition is here – Facility agents at the ready

On 16 December 2020, we published an interview between Kam Mahil, Senior Director – Legal at the LMA and Brian Fraser, Senior Manager, Lending Operations & Agency – IBOR, Markets & Lending Delivery at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, where Brian gives his views on the agency approach to LIBOR transition. The transition from LIBOR to risk-free rates (RFRs) affects everyone in the syndicated loan market. With end-2021 fast approaching, the need to manage the transition of the legacy book and how to manage new RFR facilities shines a spotlight on the role and the approach of facility agents to LIBOR transition.

Video Content

Helping to make a difference: Tesco's £2.5bn sustainability and RFR-linked syndicated RCF


LIBOR transition: REF sector-specific considerations


An introduction to the LMA Exposure Drafts of Rate Switch Facility Agreements


The transition from IBORs to risk-free rates – Impact on the export finance market


Injecting momentum: GlaxoSmithKline's US$2.5bn and £1.9bn SOFR and SONIA linked RCFs


LIBOR: the final countdown

From the LMA Syndicated Loans virtual conference (22-23 September 2020).


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Transition from LIBOR in the Loan Market - LMA Webinar Update September 2020

This webinar provides an update on transition since the previous webinar in May 2020.


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