SIFMA Statement on Passage of New York State LIBOR Legislation

New York, NY, March 25, 2021 – SIFMA today issued the following statement from president and CEO Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. on the passage of LIBOR legislation by the New York State Legislature:

“We are pleased the New York State Legislature passed the model law for New York to help transition ‘tough legacy’ contracts that are difficult or practically impossible to amend.  SIFMA, as a member of the Alternative Rates Reference Committee (ARRC), helped develop and championed this legislation to facilitate a smooth transition from LIBOR to an alternative reference rate, which is a top priority for the financial services industry.  SIFMA supports market, legislative and regulatory efforts to ensure a smooth transition while avoiding market disruption and legal uncertainty, and to that end we encourage Congress to pass a federal law similar to the one passed in New York to address these issues on a national level.”


SIFMA is the leading trade association for broker-dealers, investment banks and asset managers operating in the U.S. and global capital markets. On behalf of our industry’s nearly 1 million employees, we advocate for legislation, regulation and business policy, affecting retail and institutional investors, equity and fixed income markets and related products and services. We serve as an industry coordinating body to promote fair and orderly markets, informed regulatory compliance, and efficient market operations and resiliency. We also provide a forum for industry policy and professional development. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). For more information, visit