IBOR Transition to Risk Free Rates Sydney

Having received exceptional feedback from running this course earlier in 2019, IBOR to Risk Free Rates is returning to Australia to provide attendees with best practice approaches for dealing with the implications of the transition to risk free rates.


IBOR Transition to Risk Free Rates

Sydney | December 11-12, 2019

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IBOR Australia 2019

Having received exceptional feedback from running this course earlier in 2019, IBOR to Risk Free Rates is returning to Australia to provide attendees with best practice approaches for dealing with the implications of the transition to risk free rates.

Key concerns such as adapting the operations function, defining and modelling rates, accounting for loans and the wider impacts on risk management will all be considered.

What will you learn?
  • Global IBOR to RFR context and progress so far
  • About the benchmark options, similarities and differences to global markets
  • Practical ways to deal with the transition
  • How to manage the impact on risk management and risk control
  • Tax insights, legal issues and other accounting implications 
  • Technology impacts and operating model challenges
  • What to look out for in 2020
Who should attend

This course has been designed for anyone in financial services who is working in, and affected by the transition to risk free rates. Relevant departments may include but are not limited to:

  • Financial markets
  • Regulation
  • Counterparties
  • Treasury
  • Risk managers
  • Derivatives
  • Market infrastructure and policy 
  • Ibor transition
  • Benchmark and control

Pieter Bierkens

Group Lead, Interest Rate Benchmark Reform

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Pieter is Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Interest Rate Benchmark Reform Lead. In his current capacity he coordinates the Bank’s preparation for the global reform of interest rate benchmarks. His prior role was that of Executive Director – Regulatory Strategy. He has been based in Sydney since 2014.

Previously, Pieter was Head of Markets of Commonwealth Bank in New York. Prior to Commonwealth Bank, he worked for 10 years in New York and London, where he started his career advising institutional investors on global fixed-income markets.

A dual citizen of the US and the Netherlands, Pieter holds a degree in Economics from Erasmus University and a Master degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds the Financial Risk Manager designation.

Stanley J. Hales

Partner - Transfer Pricing


Stan is a partner and transfer pricing economist in the Deloitte tax practice based in the Sydney Australia office.  With over 20 years of experience, he collaborates with his clients to solve transfer pricing and tax-related valuation problems, with a focus on the financial services industry.  Stan's clients include primarily commercial and investment banks.  A current project involves the tax and transfer pricing ramifications of the IBOR reference rate replacement in customer lending and derivatives arrangements at a multinational commercial bank.  Other clients include real estate investment trusts, investment managers, private equity firms, insurance companies, brokerage firms, trading companies, finance companies, and treasury operations at technology, media and pharmaceutical companies.  The valuation analyses cover loan valuations, diverse inter-company fees, insurance premia, commissions, credit spreads, guarantees and interest rates on loans, as well as royalty modeling and cost-sharing analyses for intangible property, and cost allocation studies. His tax controversy experience includes IRS field exams and appeals proceedings; preparing mutual agreement procedure submissions to revenue authorities such as the IRS, the ATO, and Japanese NTA; preparing rebuttal papers concerning proposed tax adjustments; and negotiating bilateral advanced pricing agreements with revenue authorities. His expert testimony as an economist involved complex loan re-pricing, IP valuation, and royalty analyses, which settled out of court.  Relevant tax treaty experience involves the application of the OECD reports on global trading of financial instruments to the allocation of income to permanent establishments of taxpayers operating global dealing operations in branch form.  Stan taught university-level courses in economics, statistics, money and banking and transfer pricing. He was a doctoral fellow at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and earned MA and PhD degrees in Economics from The Ohio State University of Columbus, Ohio, USA, with a primary focus on the valuation of foreign currency futures options.  As a husband to his wife Lori for 18 years, in their spare time, they enjoy sailing and mountain biking together.

Alexander Lord


Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Alex is a Director of the Deloitte Global Financial Benchmarks Working Group and has over 15 years’ experience providing professional services to financial services clients both in Australia and globally. In particular he has commercial experience working at a number of large global banks, financial institutions and Australian banks on IBOR Reform.

He has worked across a number of advisory engagements focused on governance and conduct reviews and risk and regulatory advisory. Alex has experience delivering and leading regulatory strategy and change projects. Alex is a leader of our Deloitte Global Financial Benchmarks Team across the UK, EU, US and APAC.

  • Led the development of a financial benchmarks inventory to risk assess, and implement controls for benchmark activity. Led the delivery of Market Conduct Risk and IBOR Reform Projects in Australia and the UK, working across the multiple divisions developing the response to the IBOR discontinuation, impact analysis and regulatory responses as a result of Dear CEO Letters.
  • Alex has led a number of our engagements in relation to IOSCO Principles – Financial Benchmarks focussed gap analysis and implementation, and has helped advise firms on their control framework to embed governance arrangements in responding to regulators concerns.
  • Whilst in London, Alex has led engagements in respect of financial benchmark controls and processes supporting compliance with FCA Market Abuse Regulations, and financial benchmark codes of conducts, which includes the LIBOR submission processes.
  • Alex has lead the design and implementation of a target control framework supporting a Global Tier 1 bank’s administration and contribution to financial benchmarks globally.

Professional and academic qualifications

  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
  • Masters of Applied Finance (M App Fin)
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA)
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), RMIT
  • Fellow of FINSIA (F Fin) and Committee member - FINSIA Regional Council VIC
Damien Jones


Ernst & Young

Damien is a partner in EY’s capital markets advisory team in Sydney, Australia. He has previously worked in the UK and US and has over twenty years’ experience servicing a range of treasury and capital market clients across the globe. He has led a number of engagements at large Australian banks focused on G20 derivative reform, including uncleared margin, trade reporting, and Volcker requirements as well as the MIFID 2 implementation and program management. He is currently part of EY’s global IBOR transition team and co-lead for Asia-Pacific.

He is currently supporting the delivery of a number of IBOR impact assessments and program implementations. He is also acting as an Independent Expert for an Enforceable Undertaking on BBSW.

Damien is a Certified Finance & Treasury Professional of the Finance and Treasury Association (CFTP).

Yu Zhang

Managing Associate


Yu is a Managing Associate in the Banking & Finance practice group at Allens. He advises borrowers and lenders on a broad range of finance transactions and global markets issues, including in relation to derivatives and GMRAs. He is currently working with a major Australian bank on its LIBOR transition.
Yu is a regular speaker on behalf of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association. He completed his Masters of Law at Cambridge University in 2009 with a focus on private law, and his Masters of Law at Harvard University in 2010 with a concentration in corporate governance and financial regulation.

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