Reg AB II Revisited: Fourth and Goal

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Not only is football back, but so is Reg AB II. Just as enduring as our love of tailgating and touchdowns is our love of transparency in the capital markets. On the heels of yet another Reg AB comment deadline (see re-proposed rule here (pdf)) now is a good time to check the score. Dechert continues to participate in committee (and subcommittee) discussions with industry specialists and we were happy to serve as nose tackle for the drafting of CREFC’s response/comment letter... So where do we stand with shelf registration eligibility requirements now that Dodd-Frank and its related regulations have addressed some of the issues included in the second round of Regulation AB from April 2010 (i.e., Reg AB II)?

There is still plenty to talk about with respect to Reg AB II, but some issues are now being dealt with elsewhere. Risk retention was addressed by March 2011’s Dodd-Frank rules and on-going ’34 Act reporting by ABS issuers was addressed by Dodd-Frank’s Section 942(a) and Rule 15Ga-1. Both of those issues have been removed from the scope of Reg AB II. The previous discussion concerning confirmation of reps and warranties has evolved, as detailed below, into a discussion about the role of a credit risk manager and procedures related to repurchase dispute resolution. At least one thing that is still clear: credit ratings are to be eliminated from the shelf eligibility test.

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