This month, the UK Financial Conduct Authority formally authorised ICE Benchmark Administration Limited (IBA) to assume responsibility for the administration of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR).

IBA is a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange Group, a leading global network of exchanges and clearing houses that administers other benchmarks such as the French CAC40 and the Dutch AEX.

Guided by the Wheatley Review

The authorisation of IBA to administer LIBOR reflects one of the key recommendations of the Wheatley

The second half of 2012 saw a number of major financial institutions censured for the alleged manipulation of submissions made to the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) for the compilation of BBA LIBOR. In addition to direct enforcement action against those alleged to have participated in such manipulation, regulators have also taken significant steps to reform LIBOR itself and the method by which it is determined.  GCC financial institutions and borrowers will be concerned to ensure that these