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LSTA Annual Conference: Be a Change Agent!

On Tuesday, the LSTA hosted 1,000-plus attendees at its 22nd Annual U.S. Loan Market Conference. Executive Director Bram Smith kicked off the day – and his last conference as LSTA Executive Director – exhorting members to be agents of positive change in the loan market.

LIBOR & Loans

The multi-year process to prepare for any possible transition from LIBOR to a new loan reference rate has accelerated to a trot. First, on October 10, 2017, the Financial Stability Board (“FSB”) published its progress report on implementation. Second, in the U.S., the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (“ARRC”) established a business loans and CLO working group to help the syndicated loan market prepare for any transition from LIBOR to a new reference rate.

Treasury and Sensible FinReg Reform

At ABS East this week, the LSTA (Meredith Coffey), SFIG (Sairah Burki), CREFC (Mike Flood) and NAIC (Eric Kolchinsky) got together to discuss regulation and the securitization markets, with a particular focus on what (and how) sensible FinReg reforms may materialize. We discuss the takeaways below. 

LIBOR Update: One Small Step for SOFR

The multi-year march toward a LIBOR fallback/replacement for derivatives (and possibly loans) has taken another step. On August 27, 2017, the Federal Reserve issued a “Request for Information Relating to Production of Rates”. Behind this unprepossessing title is a call for public feedback on what might become the LIBOR replacement for derivatives. (Any loan fallback would almost definitely require adjustments.) We discuss the background, the Fed’s request and possible LSTA action below.

LIBOR: A Process, Not a Problem (II)

As LIBOR continues to create headlines in a sleepy August market, we wanted to update LSTA members on a number of issues. First, we recap the current state of preparation for a possible LIBOR transition or disruption.  Second, we discuss principles for IBOR fallbacks in the derivatives space. Third, in the loan space, we discuss potential stakeholders (and their needs), and, fourth, provide very early thoughts on how credit documentation could reduce any risk of a market disruption if LIBOR were permanently discontinued. Finally, for comparison purposes, we describe the ISDA fallback approach for IBORs.

LIBOR: Why You Should Care…And Shouldn’t Panic

Since the LIBOR speech by Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the FCA on July  27th, markets have been buzzing about whether LIBOR is ending, when it might end, and what loans and CLOs would do. On August 17th, the LSTA hosted a webcast walking through i) why LIBOR might end, ii) what the replacement might be, and iii) ways to approach loans and CLOs.  We recap these issues below and encourage you to visit our LIBOR webcast page for slides and a replay.

LIBOR: Why You Should Care…And Shouldn’t Panic

LIBOR: Why You Should Care…And Shouldn’t Panic The LSTA was pleased to present: LIBOR: WHY SHOULD YOU CARE… AND SHOULDN’T PANIC Regulations and senior financial market professionals have been developing LIBOR fallbacks (in case LIBOR become unavailable) and a possible process to transition from LIBOR to a new reference rate.  There are many misconceptions about […]

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LSTA Newsletter – September 20, 2019

This week we explain the big SOFR jump, share Lee Shaiman’s and David Lerner’s Morning Consult op-ed, highlight some LIBOR coverage, and discuss the ESG lending panel at the Refinitiv LPC Loan Conference.

LSTA Meets With Rep. Andy Barr

This week LSTA members and staff met with Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06). Barr, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, has led bipartisan efforts to pass legislation that would have revised the Volcker Rule in a way that would have permitted banks to hold the debt securities of legacy CLOs and to revise the risk retention rule to allow managers to more easily comply. More recently, Barr was a key participant at a hearing of a subcommittee of the HFSC explaining that neither leveraged loans nor CLOs presented systemic risk.

What is ESG-Linked Lending and Why Do We Care?

That is the question answered by the sustainable finance panel at the 25th Annual Refinitiv LPC Loan Conference. Moderated by Maria Dikeos (Refinitiv LPC), the panel explored the recent growth of sustainability-linked loans (or ESG loans) in the U.S. Panelists included Sean Colvin (Louis Dreyfus), Gary Herzog (Credit Agricole), Carolyn Kee (Citiggroup), Claire O’Connor (Barclays Capital), Cara Younger (BBVA) and Tess Virmani (LSTA). The speakers outlined the benefits that these loans can have for the right borrower and also flagged some of the important considerations to be mindful of in structuring these loans.

LIBOR Trending Too…

While the daily SOFR spike grabbed the headlines this week, other LIBOR coverage should be noted as well. First, LIBOR’s end is trending. In an American Banker Bankshot podcast, the LSTA’s Meredith Coffey discussed exactly why LIBOR is going away, what the replacement rate likely would be, and why this is important to bankers and borrowers (and students and homeowners!).

SOFR Above Tuesday?

For those that missed it – which, based on our email traffic, was no one – the published overnight SOFR rate jumped from 243 bps on Tuesday to 525 bps on Wednesday and then back to 255 bps on Thursday. So what happened to SOFR on Wednesday? We discuss below (and the ARRC explains in this helpful missive as well).