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ISDA Symposium®

Financial Benchmarks

An entirely new framework which affects administrators, contributors and users

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

4.5 CPE Credit Hours Available

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Global Financial Conference Center
New York


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 globally have been focusing on strengthening key benchmarks to ensure that they are as robust as possible and reduce any likelihood of their manipulation. Much of this work is based on 2013 Principles for Financial Benchmarks published by IOSCO. Currently, the Financial Stability Board is leading and coordinating work at the global level. In the EU, regulation on financial benchmarks applies as of January 1, 2018. In addition to concerns over robust benchmarks and preventing manipulation, 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 key inter-bank rates. In the United States, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee recently announced its selection of the Broad Treasuries Repo Financing Rate.




8:15 AM


Registration and Continental Breakfast




9:00 AM


Introduction and Welcoming Remarks



Katherine Darras, General Counsel, ISDA




9:15 AM


Introduction to IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks, Global Benchmark Reform and Strengthening Existing Benchmarks



This panel will review the key events that led to benchmark reform efforts and the IOSCO principles on which these reforms are based. The session will also cover the benchmark reforms proposed by the Financial Stability Board to strengthen existing benchmarks and other reference rates, and focus on the progress to date on what has become known as IBOR+.



Ann Battle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Ilene K. Froom, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Alex van Voorhees, Director & Assistant General Counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch




10:15 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 panel will provide an overview of the background to the development of RFRs, consider rates selected and current efforts underway to transition to those rates in the UK, US and Japan and highlight potential issues for users to consider.



Vickie Alvo, Executive Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
David Bowman, Special Advisor to the Board, Federal Reserve Board of Governors




11:15 AM


Coffee Break




11:30 AM


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
David Bowman,
Special Advisor to the Board, Federal Reserve Board of Governors




12:15 PM


The EU Regulation on Financial Benchmarks



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)
  • 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



Ann Battle, Assistant General Counsel, ISDA
Ilene K. Froom, Partner, Reed Smith LLP




1:15 PM


Symposium Concludes


Agenda is subject to change

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