On August 10, HM Treasury published a discussion paper outlining initial thinking on the review of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) being undertaken by Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive-designate of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Discussion Paper.
The Discussion Paper states that the review of LIBOR will consider and consult on two options:
- Strengthening LIBOR. The issues identified could be tackled through significant reform of the existing system. Preserving the LIBOR system would limit the costs of transferring existing contracts, whilst reforms could address failings in the system.
- Finding an alternative to LIBOR. If the problems with LIBOR cannot be resolved, new benchmarks could be recommended to replace some or all of LIBOR's role in financial markets.
Comments on the discussion paper are requested by September 7 with Mr. Wheatley aiming to present his findings and recommendations by the end of September.