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Transitioning out of LIBOR: What is the impact for trade and export finance?

Posted by Amanda Montano on Dec 4, 2020 11:06:14 AM

Written by Amanda Montano and Szonja Kolbenheyer

Things have been moving quickly now on LIBOR and IBOR reforms, but with regulators in the UK, US and EU going at different speeds. Needless to say, it was a welcome development this week to see combined announcements on 30 November 2020 from the Federal Reserve Board, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC), the LIBOR administrator ICE Benchmark Administration, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). International cooperation really is needed as so many trade and export finance deals are inherently cross-border and often involve multiple currencies. The fact that USD LIBOR will be available for legacy loans until 30 June 2023 will help sectors like ou rs, which have been recognised 
as needing a forward-looking term rate.
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Topics: LIBOR, Geoffrey Wynne

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Sam Fowler-Holmes is a partner in the Trade & Export Finance Group in Sullivan’s London office. He specialises in structured and unstructured trade, commodity and export finance, advising both financial institution and corporate clients on a range of financing products including pre-export financing, prepayment financing, letter of credit and payment instrument facilities and working capital and borrowing base financings. Sam is a regular speaker at the Sullivan trade and export finance seminars and is a member of the ITFA Emerging Leaders Committee.


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