On May 13, 2015, the EBA published its proposed draft RTS on the valuation of derivatives under the Banking Recovery and Resolution Directive. Under the BRRD, a resolution authority may bail-in relevant derivative liabilities provided that the authority complies with certain conditions including exercising the bail-in power only upon or after closing out the derivatives and ensuring that derivatives subject to a netting agreement are bailed-in on a net basis following the terms of the netting agreement. Before exercising the bail-in power, a resolution authority is required to ensure that an independent valuation of the assets and liabilities of a firm is carried out. For derivative liabilities, the valuation will determine a value of those derivative liabilities at the moment of exercise of the resolution power. The EBA’s proposed draft RTS (i) provides a methodology for resolution authorities to follow with the close-out amount being based on the principle of replacement cost; and (ii) sets out the approach for resolution authorities to follow when comparing the destruction in value that would arise from the close-out with the losses that those derivatives would incur in a bail-in which should be done on a case-by-case basis. The consultation closes on August 13, 2015. The EBA is required to submit the final draft RTS to the European Commission by January 3, 2016. Member states are required to implement the bail-in tool by January 1, 2016.

The EBA’s consultation paper is available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/documents/10180/1073039/EBA-CP-201- 10+CP+on+RTS+on+derivatives+valuation.pdf