Financial Regulators Issue Statement on Managing the LIBOR Transition

July 2020
Financial Regulators Issue Statement on Managing the LIBOR Transition

(July 1, 2020) – The members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) today highlighted the risks that will result from the transition away from LIBOR, and encouraged supervised institutions to continue their efforts to transition to alternative reference rates in order to mitigate financial, legal, operational, and consumer protection risks.

The financial services industry uses LIBOR as a reference rate for many financial products and instruments that include loans, investments, and deposits to a range of customers, as well as borrowings and derivatives. While some smaller and less complex institutions may have limited exposure to LIBOR- denominated instruments, the transition to alternative reference rates will affect almost every institution.

The statement also highlights the legal and consumer compliance risks associated with inadequate fallback language, when the contractual language does not contemplate LIBOR’s permanent discontinuance. Institutions should take steps to identify and address existing contracts with inadequate fallback language to mitigate potential legal risk as well as safety and soundness risk.

Financial institutions should have risk management processes in place to identify and mitigate their LIBOR transition risks that are commensurate with the size and complexity of their exposure and third-party servicer arrangements. The statement identifies areas where supervisory staff will focus their reviews of LIBOR transition planning and risk mitigation efforts at regulated institutions.

Attachment: Joint Statement on Managing the LIBOR Transition

Agency Contact Phone
Federal Reserve Darren Gersh 202.452.2955
CFPB Marisol Garibay 202.384.8538
FDIC Julianne Breitbeil 202.898.6895
NCUA Ben Hardaway 703.518.6333
OCC Stephanie Collins 202.649.6870
SLC Jim Kurtzke 202.728.5733
Risk Management
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