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ISDA Symposium®

Financial Benchmarks

An entirely new framework which affects administrators, contributors and users

4 CPD Credit Hours Available (England and Wales)

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017
One Bishops Square


Regulatory intervention on financial benchmarks was not initially part of the regulatory plan agreed by G20 leaders in 2009 but became a focus after some high profile cases of manipulation (e.g. Libor). Policymakers are keen to impose strong conduct rules on benchmark administrators and users that will significantly affect the conditions under which market participants (banks, buy-side firms and corporates) will use the wide range of financial benchmarks that are published over the world. The EU regulation on financial benchmarks that comes after the IOSCO principles is at the heart of this regulatory wave and applies as from 1 January 2018. In addition to concerns over appropriate use, authorities in key financial centers are encouraging the market to develop alternative, nearly Risk-Free Rates and designate fallbacks for contracts that continue to reference IBORs.




8:15 AM


Registration and Continental Breakfast




9:00 AM


Opening Remarks
Scott O’Malia, Chief Executive Officer, ISDA




9:15 AM


The EU Regulation on Financial Benchmarks – implementation actions
This panel will cover:

  • Regulatory timeline and overview of the regulation
  • The scope of financial benchmarks – users’ perspective
  • Proportionality, governance, transparency and registration - key provisions for administrators and contributors
  • The recognition of non-EU benchmarks (equivalence, recognition, endorsement)

Caroline Dawson, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance LLP
Vinay Reddy, Director, Legal, Barclays
Julia Rodkiewicz, Assistant Director, European Public Policy, ISDA




10:15 AM


Fall back provisions under the EU Regulation on Financial Benchmarks
This session will cover:

  • Regulatory impetus for Article 28(2) of the EU Benchmark Regulation
  • The scope of the obligation to plan for material change or cessation of a benchmark
  • Fallbacks and ISDA documentation

Harriet Hunnable, Manager, Benchmarks Policy, Financial Conduct Authority
Rick Sandilands, Senior Counsel, Europe, ISDA
Deepak Sitlani, Partner, Linklaters LLP




11:00 AM


Coffee Break




11:15 AM


Strengthening Existing Benchmarks
The benchmark reforms proposed by the Financial Stability Board included an objective to strengthen existing benchmarks and other reference rates. This session will focus on the progress to date on what has become known as Ibor+ (the development of the existing Ibor rates) as well developments in other benchmarks relevant in the derivatives space such as ICE Swap Rate.
Petra De Deyne, Operations and Development Manager, EMMI




11:45 AM


Development of Alternative Risk-Free Rates
As well as strengthening existing benchmarks and other potential reference rates, authorities are encouraging market participants to develop alternative, nearly risk-free, reference rates (RFRs). This session will provide an overview of the background to the development of RFRs, consider current efforts underway in the UK, US and Japan and highlight potential issues for users to consider.
Ann Battle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Francois Jourdain, Chair of the Bank of England Risk Free Rate ("RFR") Working Group,

Chief Compliance Officer, Barclays International




12:30 PM


Development of Fallbacks for IBORs
As well as encouraging market participants to develop alternative RFRs, authorities are encouraging market participants to designate fallbacks for contracts that continue to reference IBORs, which would apply in the event that an IBOR is permanently discontinued. This session will provide background and objectives for this work as well as an overview of issues identified to date and potential solutions.
Ann Battle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Stephane Cuny, Global Head of Benchmarks Supervision, Société Générale
Heather Pilley, Markets Policy/Strategy & Competition Division, Financial Conduct Authority




1:15 PM


Symposium 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.
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