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South Africa’s Junk Status Downgrade

On 3 April, 2017, S&P Global led the way in downgrading South Africa’s Sovereign Credit Rating to non-investment-grade ‘Junk’ status. This following President Zuma’s purging of his Cabinet on 31 March, 2017, in which a total...more

CHECKMATE: South Africa's credit rating downgraded to "junk status"- what this means for South Africa

by Hogan Lovells on

In a catastrophic moment for South Africa, credit rating agency Standard and Poor (S&P) downgraded South Africa's credit rating to "junk status". S&P cut South Africa's credit rating by one notch to BB+, which is S&P's...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Former AIG chief Hank Greenberg and his co-defendant, AIG’s former CFO, reached an “unexpected” settlement last week with NY officials. The duo will fork over about $10 million in bonuses payments and admit that they...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Announces Finalized Rule Adjusting the Board's Maximum Civil Money Penalties - On January 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was adjusting...more

Moody’s Settles RMBS/CDO Ratings Claims with DOJ, States

by Burr & Forman on

After markets closed on Friday the 13th, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an $864 million settlement regarding Moody’s credit ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) and collateralized debt...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

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

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

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

Ribbet – The Green Cassandra of the Capital Markets

by Dechert LLP on

Moody’s published a piece the other week that analogized credit quality in the CRE capital markets to the boiling frog – that if you put a frog in cold water and slowly raise the temperature, it never jumps out until it,...more

SEC Issues Credit Rating Agency Independence Study – No Changes Necessary

The staff of the Office of Credit Ratings of the SEC has submitted a study under Section 939C of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - February 11, 2013

In This Issue: *RMBS Litigation - Assured Wins $90 Million in Damages in RMBS Breach of Contract Trial - DOJ Brings Civil Fraud Action Against S&P - S&P Seeks Declaration That Credit Ratings Are Immune...more

DOJ Brings Civil Fraud Action Against S&P

On February 4, the Department of Justice filed a complaint in the Central District of California against two Standard & Poor’s entities in connection with credit ratings S&P provided for certain RMBS and CDOs....more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action Against S&P Over MBS Ratings

On December 20, 2012, the Second Circuit affirmed a decision by Judge Sidney H. Stein of the Southern District of New York dismissing a putative class action suit alleging that Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services intentionally...more

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