On January 31, 2020, the ARRC released a vendor survey and a buy-side checklist. Both documents were developed by the ARRC’s Operations/Infrastructure Working Group and, according to the ARRC, are intended to support market participants’ work to address operational challenges in the transition from USD LIBOR to SOFR. The survey serves as a self-assessment tool
On January 21, 2020, the ARRC released a Consultation on spread adjustment methodologies for cash products referencing U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR. The ARRC indicated that the spread adjustments are intended for use (i) in USD LIBOR contracts that have incorporated the ARRC’s recommended hardwired fallback language, or (ii) for legacy USD LIBOR contracts where a spread-adjusted SOFR can be selected as a fallback. The adjustments seek to establish a static spread adjustment that would be fixed at a specified time at or before LIBOR’s cessation and would adjust for the historical differences between LIBOR and SOFR and are intended to make the spread-adjusted rate comparable to LIBOR (the ARRC clarified that it is not considering dynamic spread adjustments). In addition to the methodology for determining spread adjustments, the ARRC is requesting comment on whether a “transition period” over which the applicable spread adjustment would be implemented should be included for any cash products in order to smooth the effects of a potentially abrupt transition to a new spread-adjusted rate, which may differ significantly from the rates prevailing at the time LIBOR is discontinued.
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McGuireWoods associate Barlow Mann presented an Overview of LIBOR, SOFR and Related Transitions Issues as part of the firm’s SEC Compliance and Disclosure webinar series.