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Patrick Scholl is a partner and head of Mayer Brown's Banking & Finance practice in Frankfurt. Patrick leads the Mayer Brown capital markets and derivatives offering in Germany with an European focus. His team advises on debt capital markets issuances and disclosures, debt issuance programms, hybrid capital instruments as well as liability management transactions. The OTC derivatives practice focuses on advising and negotiating master agreements (including repos and stock lending), collateral solutions, netting questions and provides transaction support with regard to all underylings, including equity-linked, credit-linked, fund-linked or commodity-linked derivatives.

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The Benchmark Regulation (“BMR”) came into force in 2016 and applies since 1 January 2018. It aims to regulate benchmarks, including interest rate benchmarks such as London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”), used in the EU in order to make such benchmarks more reliable. For this purpose, the Benchmark Regulation introduced licensing and registration requirements but also obligations for users of benchmarks to deal with, and provide for plans in case of, interruptions or cessations of benchmarks. The BMR, however, does not give supervising authorities the right to directly amend financial instruments or contracts if the parties to it are unable to replace a benchmark for whatever reason. So any of these plans are subject to civil law requirements and restrictions applicable to a financial instrument or contract under its governing law.

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