European Securities and Markets Authority Provides Regulatory Forbearance for EU Clearing and Derivatives Trading Obligations in Support of LIBOR Transition12/16/2021The European Securities and Markets Authority has issued a statement in which it states that EU national regulators should not, from January 3, 2022, prioritize supervisory action for any failures by firms to comply with the mandatory clearing obligation under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation, for interest rate derivatives referencing EONIA, GBP LIBOR, JPY LIBOR or USD LIBOR and the derivatives trading obligation for IRD classes referencing GBP LIBOR or USD LIBOR. On November 18, 2021, ESMA submitted final draft Regulatory Technical Standards to amend the EU clearing and trading derivative obligations in support of the benchmark transition to risk-free rates. However, ESMA is aware of the time that the approval process may take and therefore considers that regulatory forbearance is appropriate.
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