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LIBOR: The Future of Forward Looking Term SOFR

The syndicated loan market would really like an IOSCO-compliant Forward Looking Term SOFR to develop. If such a rate developed, it would solve several problems inherent in SOFR.

SOFR: Your Vote Counts

SOFR tools are coming! On November 4th, the FRBNY released a request for public comment on an official “SOFR Compound Average” and a “SOFR Index”. Below, we describe these tools, their use cases and several questions from the consultation. The LSTA is considering responding.

The Great Migration Away From LIBOR

LIBOR, “the world’s most important number”, is likely to cease after 2021. This presents significant—but hopefully surmountable—challenges. We discuss the LIBOR problem, timeline and potential shorter- and longer-term solutions. We know whereof we speak; the LSTA is a member of the overall Alternative References Rates Committee (“ARRC”), the body tasked with replacing U.S. dollar LIBOR.  […]

SOFR Tools: Averages and Indices

We’d be the first to acknowledge that transitioning from LIBOR to SOFR is hard. But LIBOR will end and we must prepare. Recognizing that, the September 5, 2019 Alternative Reference Rate Committee (“ARRC”) minutes introduced two tools to help ease the transition.

LIBOR Fallbacks: The Deep Dive

On April 25, 2019, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (“ARRC”) released its recommended LIBOR fallback language for syndicated loans and floating rate notes. While the ARRC also published a very helpful narrative explaining how the legal language in the fallbacks worked, sometimes it is easier to understand complicated legal language by talking to the experts.

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Draft of the ESG Diligence Questionnaire

We all saw the increase in media coverage last year of the implications of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors in the financial markets and that trend seems to only be accelerating. About a year ago we started hearing directly from our buyside members that the number of ESG questions they were receiving from end […]

SOFR: Addressing Basis Biases

As highlighted in Nomura’s Special Topics on January 24th, basis risk has been on CLO managers’ (and equity holders’) minds. While the focus generally has been on one-month/three-month LIBOR basis, basis questions also have emerged in the SOFR space.

LSTA Newsletter: January 24, 2020

This week we recap secondary trading for 2019, give an update on LIBOR transition in the U.K., and let you know that we’ve published a credit agreement for investment grade term loans.