UK Targets PE/Private-Credit Interconnections
Although U.S. regulators have begun to talk about inter-connections (see FSM Report SYSTEMIC95), the Bank of England’s top official for international finance today laid out new U.K. policy to address them. Specifically, Nathanaël Benjamin addressed counterparty risk with particular attention to bank private-equity and private-credit exposures. Mr. Benjamin’s concern is principally that, should the U.S. not pull off a soft landing, this sector could experience severe stress that could quickly migrate to asset management.
IOSCO Sticks With SOFR
Acting on concerns often expressed by SEC Chairman Gensler, IOSCO today published its final assessment of USD LIBOR, judging two credit-sensitive alternatives problematic and blessing limited use of certain term SOFRs. The most immediate consequences of this will be to make the Fed still less likely to permit banks to use the limited credit-sensitive exemptions provided in its final alternative-benchmark rule (see FSM Report LIBOR9), with IOSCO emphasizing its point with specific reference to this option by urging only cautious use of these rates and suggesting that regulators (presumably outside the U.S.) review their permissibility.