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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2015 #4

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

ESAs define risk weights for credit ratings

The ESAs have published the final two draft ITS on the mapping of credit assessments by external credit assessment institutions (ECAIs) under the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR). The ESAs intend that only credit ratings...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies S&P Investors’ Petition for Certiorari

On November 2, 2015, the United States Supreme Court denied investors’ petition for review of a Second Circuit decision affirming the dismissal of their class action against Standard & Poor’s Rating Services’ parent,...more

FTC Announces Proposed Settlement with Telecommunications Company for Alleged FCRA Violations

On October 21, the FTC announced a $2.95 million settlement with a telecommunications company for alleged violations of the FCRA. According to the FTC, the company violated the FCRA’s Risk-Based Pricing Rule by failing to...more

BOEM’s “Proposed Guidance” Shakes Up the Agency’s Supplemental Bonding Requirements

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) has backed away from its proposed rulemaking regarding financial assurance requirements for the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”). On August 19, 2014, BOEM published an Advance...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 23, DBRS published the methodologies it will use to rate and monitor U.S. Property Assessed Clean Energy securitization. On September 22, Moody’s published its updated rating methodology for consumer loan-backed...more

FCRA Class Action Suits on the Rise

It is a common practice for employers to check criminal backgrounds or credit ratings of potential, and sometimes current, employees. Background checks that provide this type of information are helpful to employers when...more

SEC Removes Credit-Rating References and Amends Issuer Diversification Requirements in Money Fund Rules

In a September 16, 2015 Release (the “Release”), the SEC completed its obligations under Section 939A of the Dodd-Frank Act by removing references to credit ratings from Rule 2a-7. Most notably, the Release removes credit...more

SEC Adopts Further Revisions to Rule 2a-7

The SEC recently adopted rule amendments removing credit rating references in Rule 2a-7 and Form N-MFP. Issuer diversification provisions were also amended to eliminate a current exclusion for securities subject to a...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - NYDFS Announces Approval of First BitLicense Application from a Virtual Currency Firm: The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced Sept. 22 that it has approved...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFTC Announces Proposal to Amend the Definition of "Material Terms" - On September 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division announced that it will publish in the Federal Register a proposed amendment to...more

SEC Removes References to Credit Ratings in Money Market Fund Rule

On September 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to remove credit rating references in Rule 2a-7 and the form that money market funds use to report to the SEC. The SEC also adopted amendments that...more

SEC Eliminates References to Credit Ratings in Money Market Fund Rules

On September 16, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted revisions to Rule 2a-7, the primary rule governing money market funds. The amendments implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that require...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 26, DBRS issued Methodology – Rating Companies in the Communications Industry. On August 26, DBRS issued Methodology – Rating Companies in the Consumer Products Industry. On August 26, DBRS issued Methodology –...more

CFPB Spotlights Credit Reporting Industry in Latest Complaints Report

On August 25, the CFPB released the second of its monthly complaint reports, highlighting complaints received from consumers regarding the credit reporting industry. In its latest snapshot report, the CFPB revealed a 56...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 22, Moody’s republished its credit rating methodology report on EMEA CMBS transactions. On July 20, DBRS published updated Canadian surveillance methodology for CDOs of large corporate credit....more

FOIA Lawsuit Filed Challenging CFPB Research Methodology

The law firm Covington & Burling LLP has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the CFPB in Washington, D.C. federal district court seeking  information relating to the CFPB’s report on, “Consumer Voices on...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2015 #3

In this issue: - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise How Small Banks are Assessed for Deposit Insurance - UK Prudential Regulation Authority Consults on...more

Eurozone Crisis: Possible Outcomes

There is no precedent for a country leaving the Euro, and speculation continues as to how the crisis will unfold, and what the consequences would be of an exit of a member. There is uncertainty around various scenarios, not...more

CFPB Takes Action Against PayPal for Allegedly Signing Up Consumers for Unwanted Online Credit

The CFPB filed a complaint and proposed consent order in federal court against PayPal, Inc. The CFPB alleges PayPal illegally signed up consumers for its online credit product, PayPal Credit, formerly known as Bill Me...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - May 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Federal Reserve Board Releases Semiannual Report on Banking Applications Activity - European Banking Authority Monitors Additional Tier 1 Capital Instruments - European Banking...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Supplemental Budget Bill Approved, On Governor's Desk - On Tuesday lawmakers approved a...more

Appellate Court Affirms in Part Denial of Moody’s Motion to Dismiss Fraud Claims

On March 20, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, of the Supreme Court of New York affirmed in part and reversed in part the lower court’s denial of Defendant Moody Investor Services, Inc.’s motions to dismiss two...more

DOJ and State AGs Announce Settlement with Credit Rating Agency

On February 3, the DOJ announced a settlement agreement with a large credit rating agency and its parent company for $1.375 billion – a record amount according to the DOJ – in connection with the agency’s alleged “scheme to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015 #2

In this issue: - US Financial Stability Oversight Council Adopts Supplemental Procedures for Nonbank Financial Company Designations - UK Government to Proceed with Giving Financial Policy Committee Powers for...more

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