12 U.S. Code § 5801 - Findings and purpose

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(a) FindingsCongress finds that—
(1)
LIBOR is used as a benchmark rate in more than $200,000,000,000,000 worth of contracts worldwide;
(2)
a significant number of existing contracts that reference LIBOR do not provide for the use of a clearly defined or practicable replacement benchmark rate when LIBOR is discontinued; and
(3)
the cessation or nonrepresentativeness of LIBOR could result in disruptive litigation related to existing contracts that do not provide for the use of a clearly defined or practicable replacement benchmark rate.
(b) PurposeIt is the purpose of this chapter—
(1)
to establish a clear and uniform process, on a nationwide basis, for replacing LIBOR in existing contracts the terms of which do not provide for the use of a clearly defined or practicable replacement benchmark rate, without affecting the ability of parties to use any appropriate benchmark rate in new contracts;
(2)
to preclude litigation related to existing contracts the terms of which do not provide for the use of a clearly defined or practicable replacement benchmark rate;
(3)
to allow existing contracts that reference LIBOR but provide for the use of a clearly defined and practicable replacement rate, to operate according to their terms; and
(4)
to address LIBOR references in Federal law.
Editorial Notes
References in Text

This chapter, referred to in subsec. (b), was in the original “this division”, meaning div. U of Pub. L. 117–103, Mar. 15, 2022, 136 Stat. 825, known as the Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of div. U to the Code, see Short Title note set out below and Tables.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Short Title

Pub. L. 117–103, div. U, § 101, Mar. 15, 2022, 136 Stat. 825, provided that:

“This division [enacting this chapter and amending section 77ppp of Title 15, Commerce and Trade, and section 1087–1 of Title 20, Education] may be cited as the ‘Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act’.”

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