Standard Chartered has completed the first deal using Risk Free Rate (RFR) with their clients – Akij Ceramics Limited and Unilever Bangladesh Limited.
The deal was completed in line with detailed guidance from Bangladesh Bank on how to set the new rates as a replacement for The London Inter-Bank Offer Rate (LIBOR), said a press release.
For decades, LIBOR has been the most popular benchmark reference rate used by banks and other financial institutions around the world for pricing of different debt instruments and is currently quoted for five major currencies (USD, GBP, JPY, EUR, CHF) across different tenors.
In March 2020, ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA), the authorised and regulated administrator of LIBOR, declared its intention to cease the publication of LIBOR settings after 31 December 2021.
Naser Ezaz Bijoy, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh said, “For more than three decades LIBOR has been a key indicator in global financial markets. Standard Chartered has been working with clients, regulators, and stakeholders across all our 59 markets, to support the transition from LIBOR to its more sustainable alternate, Risk Free Rate (RFR).”
Akij Ceramics Ltd and Unilever Bangladesh were the first two clients who accepted the offer to complete Trade Financing Transaction using the RFR.