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AFME and Simmons & Simmons publish white paper on managing conduct risk during LIBOR transition
17 Dec 2019
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Rebecca Hansford Head of Media Relations

Today, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), together with international law firm Simmons & Simmons, have published the first in a series of papers, entitled ‘LIBOR Transition: Managing the Conduct and Compliance Risks’. The paper provides practical guidance to Senior Managers and Legal and Compliance teams on managing conduct risks posed to firms engaged in the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate to Risk Free Reference Rates. 

This first paper in this series identifies ways in which firms can seek to mitigate the key conduct risks posed by LIBOR transition when establishing their governance structure. The publication of this guide follows the release of the FCA and PRA’s Dear CEO letter on Libor transition, subsequent FCA Feedback document, and the recent release of the FCA’s Questions and Answers on some of the conduct and compliance expectations during the transition period, which is scheduled to conclude by the end of 2021. 

The paper analyses qualitative responses from AFME’s Compliance Committee member firms, to understand the challenges in implementing risk management measures, and duly responds with suggested steps to establish a robust governance structure to mitigate conduct risk.

Rather than offering a prescriptive checklist that may only apply to a handful of firms, the paper takes a broader view, basing the guidance on the fundamental understanding that different firms will be impacted by the LIBOR transition in different ways.

Richard Middleton, Managing Director, Head of Policy at AFME, said: “It is vital that banks consider an effective governance framework for their LIBOR transition process. The FCA and PRA have highlighted the need for firms to identify and manage conduct risks, building mitigating actions into their planning for the transition.”

LIBOR Leads Penny Miller and Elizabeth Williams at Simmons & Simmons, commented: “We are delighted to have co-authored with AFME the first in this series of market-leading papers, offering AFME members and the wider industry much-needed guidance for their Compliance teams when navigating the challenging landscape of LIBOR transition. We hope that it will serve as a helpful platform for wider industry and regulatory dialogue on how to manage the complexities associated with LIBOR transition and we look forward to working with the AFME Compliance Committee on the second part to this series.”

Download the report here.

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