Treasury Secretary Testifies about CMBS Markets and Dodd Frank


On May 21, 2013, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in his role as Chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council ("FSOC") testified before the House Financial Services Committee. In its annual report, the FSOC stated that "the commercial real estate sector has improved, with prices rising slightly and CMBS issuance gaining strength in 2012. The past year witnessed the strongest post-crisis credit flows for commercial real estate (CRE), with almost $100 billion in CMBS issuance".

The report further noted that "[t]his amount of issuance represents an increase of approximately 50 percent over the prior year, although these levels are still much lower than pre-crisis amounts. Given the low interest rate environment, investor demand has been quite strong, with non-agency credit spreads for the most senior debt tightening by about 90 basis points in 2012." One area of risk identified in the report is the fact "that over $1.2 trillion in CRE loans will be maturing in 2016 to 2018, compared to less than $1 trillion in 2013 to 2015."

During his testimony, Secretary Lew stated that "this is not the time to be enacting big changes to Dodd-Frank or to the regulatory system. I think we're on a path now, which is the right path, which is to implement Dodd-Frank and to then take stock when we're done implementing Dodd-Frank." The idea that changes are not likely to Dodd-Frank was echoed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as reported in earlier blog posts. Of course, Senator McConnell's perspective related to the inability to make progress on what he views as significant modifications necessary to Dodd Frank given the current political environment in Washington.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Baker Donelson | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Baker Donelson on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.