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LIBOR Fallbacks: Good News… and Less Good News

There is good news – and less good news – on LIBOR fallback language in cash products like loans, FRNs and CLOs. On the good news front, it looks like most cash products are now including fallback language in new deals. This is critical because many instruments will be outstanding when LIBOR ends after 2021, and if they don’t have good fallback language, there could be contract frustration (and litigation). However, on the less-good-news front, the fallback language is not always consistent (which may lead to a lot of work to determine exactly how each instrument would fall back) or workable en masse (which may lead to traffic jams as everyone tries to amend their deals at the same time). We discuss the fallback status of FRNs and loans below. (And we’d gently remind readers that several CLOs have gone “hardwired”, per LCD and Covenant Review).

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