SIFMA Statement on Senate Passage of LIBOR Legislation

Washington, D.C., March 10, 2022 – SIFMA released the following statement from president and CEO Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., on the passage of the Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act by the U.S. Senate:

“We commend the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act, sponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), with Chairman Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member Toomey (R-PA) and Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA).

“LIBOR will cease publication next year and there are currently trillions of dollars of existing contracts and instruments that, as a practical matter, cannot be amended to utilize an alternative rate.  Federal legislation is necessary to facilitate a smooth transition to an alternative reference rate for these ‘tough legacy’ contracts.  This legislation will benefit all market participants including LIBOR’s end users, who range from investors to companies to consumers.

“The legislation provides four key benefits: (1) certainty of outcomes; (2) fairness and equality of outcomes; (3) avoidance of years of paralyzing litigation; and (4) preservation of liquidity and market resilience, and accordingly is supported not only by SIFMA, but also a range of other market participants, consumer groups, and regulators.

“We appreciate both the House and the Senate’s swift passage of this important bill and encourage the signing of this much-needed legislation into law.”


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 one million employees, we advocate on 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).