Following the discussion and status set out in our September 2020 blog post, Proposal for a Governmental IBOR Transition in the European Union, the proposed amendment to the EU Benchmark Regulation (“BMR”) has been developed further and a consolidated version published reflecting the text agreed by the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.

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The German Master Agreement for Financial Derivatives Transactions (Rahmenvertrag für Finanztermingeschäfte – the “DRV”) is published by the German Banking Association (Bankenverband) and can be considered the German law equivalent of the ISDA Master Agreement. Like the ISDA Master Agreement, standardised Annexes are used to document specific provisions, for example special early termination provisions, as well as to document the posting of collateral, which is done via the Collateral Addendum (Besicherungsanhang – the “BSA”), including the Variation Margin and Initial Margin BSA.

 
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On 21 September 2020, Steven Maijoor, Chair at the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), delivered a speech at City Week 2020 in London. He gave a summary of the most recent and upcoming steps with regard to the implementation of the Euro Short-Term Rate (“€STR”)—an unsecured, transaction-based overnight rate—as the new market standard interest rate for Euro-based borrowings.

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