HKMA urged authorized institutions to take early action to adhere to the IBOR Fallbacks Protocol, which ISDA is expected to publish soon. ISDA has announced that it will publish the IBOR Fallbacks Protocol and Supplement on October 23, 2020 and that the Protocol and the Supplement will take effect on January 25, 2021. The Protocol and the Supplement will help to implement fallbacks for existing and new derivatives contracts referencing key interbank offered rates (IBORs).
HKMA expects authorized institutions to adhere to the Protocol before it takes effect and take proactive steps to encourage their counterparties to do the same. For existing LIBOR-linked derivatives contracts to which the Protocol is not applicable, authorized institutions should continue to work with their counterparties to transition to alternative reference rates. As for new derivatives contracts, all those referencing the 2006 ISDA Definitions and executed on or after January 25, 2021 will automatically incorporate fallbacks. HKMA had earlier requested authorized institutions to endeavor to include adequate fallback provisions in all newly issued LIBOR-linked contracts that will mature after 2021, from January 01, 2021. In the light of the latest development, authorized institutions may achieve this transition milestone for derivatives contracts within January 2021.
Keywords: Asia Pacific, Hong Kong, Banking, LIBOR, Benchmark Reforms, Fallback Protocol, IBOR, ISDA, HKMA
Previous ArticleEC Publishes Report on Activities of Sustainable Finance Platform
EIOPA submitted—to the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and EC—its 2020, fifth, and last annual report on long-term guarantee measures and measures on equity risk.
The BIS Innovation Hub Swiss Centre, SNB, and the financial infrastructure operator SIX announced the successful completion of a joint proof-of-concept (PoC) experiment as part of the Project Helvetia.
EBA published the final draft regulatory technical standards for calculation of own funds requirements for market risk, under the standardized and internal model approaches of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) framework.
EIOPA published discussion paper on a methodology for the potential inclusion of climate change in the Solvency II (sometimes also written as SII) standard formula when calculating natural catastrophe underwriting risk.
EU published, in the Official Journal of the European Union, corrigenda to the Directive and the Regulation on the prudential requirements and supervision of investment firms.
MAS proposed amendments to certain regulations, notices, and guidelines arising from the Banking (Amendment) Act 2020.
PRA published a statement that explains when to expect further information on the PRA approach to transposing the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD5), including its approach to revisions to the definition of capital for Pillar 2A.
RBNZ launched consultations on the scope of the Insurance Prudential Supervision Act (IPSA) 2010 and on the associated Insurance Solvency Standards.
SRB published the work program for 2021-2023, setting out a roadmap to further operationalize the Single Resolution Fund and to achieve robust resolvability of banks under its remit over the next three years.
EIOPA is consulting on the relevant ratios to be mandatorily disclosed by insurers and reinsurers falling within the scope of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive as well as on the methodologies to build these ratios.