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Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.12.16

A year after announcing that it would pay roughly $2.6 billion to settle with state and federal regulators over faulty MBS, Morgan Stanley’s taking an additional $600 million hit, putting the figure at $3.2 billion—no chump...more

FDIC Announces RMBS-Related Settlement with New York-Based Financial Institution

On February 2, the FDIC announced a settlement for more than $62 million with a New York-based financial institution to resolve “federal and state securities law claims based on misrepresentations in the offering documents...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce Independent Dispute Resolution Program - On February 2, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the "FHFA") announced that Fannie Mae and...more

Morgan Stanley Settles RMBS Litigation with FDIC for $63M

On January 29, Morgan Stanley and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation agreed to settle five suits encompassing state and federal claims alleging that Morgan Stanley made misrepresentations in offering residential...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.8.16

Friday’s jobs report was disappointing as compared to the month earlier, but it contained news of a half a percentage point increase in average hourly earnings that pleased some economists who have been worrying about...more

Virginia AG Herring Announces Settlement with Banks Over Alleged Mortgage-Backed Securities Fraud

On January 22, Virginia State AG Mark Herring announced a settlement with eleven banks over their alleged misrepresentation of residential mortgage-backed securities to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Retirement...more

Judge Mostly Denies Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.’s Motion to Dismiss in RMBS Class Action

On February 3, Judge Alison Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York largely denied Deutsche Bank National Trust Co.’s (the “Trustee’s”) motion to dismiss in a proposed class action...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.3.16

In what would be the largest acquisition of a foreign corporation ever, state-owned ChemChina is nearing a deal to purchase Switzerland’s Syngenta (besting US-based Monsanto’s overtures to do the same). The deal could help...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 25, 2016, DBRS updated its methodology for rating Subscription Loans (Capital Call). On January 21, 2016, Fitch updated its U.S. RMBS Master Rating Criteria....more

Eleven Banks Reach Settlement with Commonwealth of Virginia on RMBS Claims

On Friday, January 22, 2016, eleven banks, including Merrill Lynch, RBS, and Barclays, agreed to settle claims brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia in a 2014 action alleging misrepresentations as to the nature, quality,...more

Ambac and J.P. Morgan Reach $995M RMBS Settlement

On Monday, January 25, 2016, monoline insurer Ambac Assurance Corporation (“Ambac”) reached a $995 million settlement with J.P. Morgan, resolving two RMBS actions pending before Justice Ramos in the Supreme Court of the State...more

In Flannery v. SEC, First Circuit Rebukes Commission, Signals Departure from Deferential Review

On December 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in Flannery v. SEC that the Securities and Exchange Commission lacked substantial evidence in finding securities law violations by two executives in...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 2016

In Deutsche Bank Nat’l Trust Co. v. Estrella Perez, et al., No. 3D15-58, 2015 WL 8347002 (Fla. 3d DCA Dec. 9, 2015), Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred in dismissing a foreclosure case on...more

FIRPTA Withholding Amounts Change

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The new PATH Act reforms the Foreign Investment in...more

Trustees Seek Approval of $4.5 Billion Settlement

On January 20, trial commenced before Justice Marcy Friedman in New York County Supreme Court to determine whether Deutsche Bank, U.S. Bank, and the other trustees of 330 RMBS trusts acted reasonably when they reached a $4.5...more

Claims Against RMBS Trustees Dismissed

On January 19, Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York dismissed, for lack of jurisdiction, the vast majority of claims asserted against Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo in their respective capacities as RMBS...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - FinCEN Issues Advisory on Update to List of FATF Identified Jurisdictions - FinCEN has issued an advisory to financial institutions summarizing updates made by the FATF to the list of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership - On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA") issued a final rule establishing new requirements for...more

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act,” Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 6, DBRS published its methodology for rating European commercial mortgage loans and European CMBS transactions. On January 4, DBRS published its preferred share and hybrid security criteria for corporate issuers....more

RMBS Claims Against Bank of New York Mellon Remain in Federal Court

On December 18, Judge William Pauley III of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Bank of New York Mellon’s motion to dismiss RMBS claims regarding fourteen trusts and one indenture trust for...more

Commerzbank AG Sues Four RMBS Trustees Alleging Violations of Duties to Investors

On December 23 and 24, Commerzbank AG filed four actions in the Southern District of New York against Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and the Bank of New York Mellon in their...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds To Industry’s TRID Implementation Concerns: On Dec. 29 the CFPB responded to a letter by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) from Dec. 21. The MBA letter asked the CFPB to...more

The Year in Review: 2015 FINRA Enforcement Actions

Over the past several years, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the self-regulatory organization responsible for regulating every brokerage firm and broker doing business with the U.S. public, brought...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.6.16

Incredibly, there’s more news from the FASB this week, which has announced that its dropping the accounting rule (dubbed an “Alice in Wonderland” measure) that “allowed stressed banks to book huge gains simply because they...more

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