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Libor Rate Oversight to Be Handed to New U.K. Finance Regulator

March 25, 2013

Regulatory oversight of Libor rates will be handed to the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority on April 1, under rules meant to restore credibility to the tainted benchmark.

Those who set the London interbank offered rate must corroborate submissions and monitor for possible rule-breaches, the Financial Services Authority said in a statement today. The administrators will have to appoint a person approved by the regulator to oversee compliance, as will an individual at banks that contribute submissions.

Libor, used to set rates for more than $300 trillion of securities, is being overhauled after three banks were fined for attempting to manipulate the benchmark and more than a dozen other lenders are still being investigated.

“Confidence and trust are critical to financial markets,” said Martin Wheatley, the chief executive officer-designate of the FCA, which will replace the FSA on April 1. “That trust has been eroded by the Libor scandal and the recent enforcement action against several banks. These new rules today should help restore that faith and bring integrity back to Libor.”

Wheatley carried out a review at the request of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. Barclays Plc (BARC), Britain’s second- biggest lender, paid a record fine in June for manipulating Libor.

Banks must also develop clear conflict of interest policies under the new rules, the regulator said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lindsay Fortado in London at lfortado@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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