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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

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Key legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the primary European asset...

According to a change of the German Investment Code (Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch – KAGB), which entered into force on 21 December 2014, a German Investment Management Company’s risk management process has to ensure that the...more

"The US High-Yield Market: Balancing Risk and Return in 2015"

The U.S. high-yield market delivered the third strongest year by volume in 2014, with more than $310 billion of primary issuances, thanks in large part to the most active year in the M&A market since before the financial...more

As American as Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers and Stepping In It

I am at the end of my week of Marx Brothers themed posts. As you can tell, I am a huge fan and several of you have asked which is my favorite film. Before answering I must confess that I much prefer their Paramount films to...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2015

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structural Reform - Credit Ratings - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Services - Recovery &...more

Bankruptcy will ruin my credit for 10 years. Wrong!

Why am I writing about this again? Because I still hear it so often it seems like the word just isn't getting out there. What's the reality of filing bankruptcy and your credit rating?...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - December 2014 #5

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Consumer Protection - Credit Ratings - Enforcement - Funds - Excerpt from Bank Prudential Regulation &...more

Sale-leasebacks accommodate buyer and seller in today’s healthcare real estate market: 7 reasons why they work, 5 pitfalls to note

For many years, low interest rates allowed companies with strong credit ratings to obtain access to cheap capital through traditional financing methods – meaning there was little enthusiasm for sale-leaseback...more

3 Ways the System is Rigged Against Consumers

The other day I met with a family who was barely getting by – large family, large amount of debt, and underemployed for eighteen (18) months. For eighteen (18) months the husband had toiled at a job he was overqualified for,...more

Rebuilding credit after bankruptcy - the short version

Many people ask me about rebuilding credit after bankruptcy. Here's a short-version answer with links to longer articles....more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2014 #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Credit Ratings - Financial Services - Consumer...more

SEC Adopts Final Rules Relating to NRSROs and Third-Party Due Diligence Reports

On August 27, 2014, the SEC adopted a number of new rules and amendments designed to improve the quality of credit ratings and increase credit rating agency accountability in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act. The...more

If I file bankruptcy, I'll never have credit again. Wrong!

I often hear some version of this incorrect idea, so let's take a quick look and see what the reality is about having credit after filing bankruptcy....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

No Intervention for Class of Homeowners in Suit Against HSBC - On August 25, 2014, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied a motion brought by a class of putative...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Credit Ratings - Financial Services - Shadow Banking - Funds - Financial Market...more

SEC Adopts Rules For Credit Rating Agencies

At an open meeting this morning, the SEC adopted, by a vote of three to two, rule amendments and new rules to implement provisions of Dodd-Frank applicable to credit rating agencies registered as nationally recognized...more

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