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One small step for FHFA, one giant step for affordable housing and community reinvestment across the country

In what may be one of the longest tests of perseverance and intestinal fortitude in the history of legislative advocacy for affordable housing, supporters of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) finally saw their proposal...more

FHFA Issues Advisory Bulletin, Tightens Oversight of Single-Family Servicers and Sellers

On December 1, the FHFA issued an advisory bulletin highlighting its supervisory expectation that Fannie and Freddie maintain the safety and soundness of their operations by closely assessing the risk profile of lenders and...more

FHFA Releases New Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Instructions on Single-Family Seller/Servicer Oversight

On December 1, 2014, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a new advisory bulletin with significant implications for “all entities that sell single-family mortgage loans to [Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac] or perform...more

Court Finds FHFA Claims Against Nomura Are Not Time-Barred

On November 18, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s motion for partial summary judgment on the statute of limitations...more

Senate Banking Committee To Hold Oversight Hearing of FHFA

On November 19, the Senate Banking Committee will hold an oversight hearing, “The Federal Housing Finance Agency: Balancing Stability, Growth, and Affordability in the Mortgage Market.”...more

FHFA Announces First CEO For Common Securitization Solutions, LLC

On November 3, FHFA Director Mel Watt announced David Applegate as the CEO for Common Securitization Solutions, LLC (CSS). As detailed in FHFA’s 2014 Strategic Plan for the Conservatorships, the creation of CSS furthers the...more

FHFA Index Shows Mortgage Interest Rates Continue To Decline

On October 30, the index of interest rates published by the FHFA on conventional purchase-money mortgages decreased slightly from August to September from 4.08% to 4.06%....more

Six Federal Agencies Jointly Approve Final Risk Retention Rule

Six federal agencies approved on October 22 a final rule requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions. The final rule implements the risk retention requirements in the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Updates its Questions and Answers on EMIR Implementation - On October 24, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated version of its Questions and Answers on the European Market...more

Regulators Jointly Approve Final Risk Retention Rule

On October 22, coordinated by the Department of Treasury, six federal agencies – the Board of Governors, HUD, FDIC, FHFA, OCC, and SEC – approved a final rule requiring sponsors of securitized transactions, such as...more

FHFA Director Outlines Plan To Refine Representation and Warranty Framework

On October 20, FHFA Director Melvin Watt delivered remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Watt addressed the Agency’s progress in ensuring safety and soundness and liquidity in the...more

Senator Warren And Congressman Cummings Urge GAO To Study Economic Vulnerability Of Non-Bank Mortgage Servicers, Risks To...

On October 20, Senator Warren and Congressman Cummings co-authored a letter to the GAO requesting that the agency investigate possible effects on the non-bank servicing industry in the event of an economic downturn....more

Final Credit Risk Retention Rules Adopted for Asset Backed Securities and Residential Mortgage Backed Securities

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency, and...more

Risk Retention and Stockholm Syndrome

After three years of waiting, we now have our Risk Retention Rule. All six of the Agencies responsible for the Rule – the FDIC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Federal agencies adopt Dodd-Frank risk retention rule

On October 22, 2014, six federal agencies adopted the final Credit Risk Retention Rule under Section 941 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule will require sponsors of securitizations to retain an economic interest in the...more

Credit Risk Retention Rules Finalized

Six federal agencies have finalized long-anticipated joint rules imposing risk retention, or “skin-in-the-game,” requirements for securitizations. The new rules, when they become effective over the next two years, will impose...more

U.S. Regulators Finalize Credit Risk Retention Rules

Today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA”), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) each adopted a final rule (the “Final Rule”)...more

GAO Publishes Report Regarding Proposed Changes To The Single-Family Housing Finance System

On October 7, the GAO published a report to help policymakers assess proposals for changing the single-family housing finance system and consider ways to make it more effective and efficient. To this end, the report first...more

FHFA Appoints New Chief Of Staff

On October 8, FHFA Director Mel Watt announced Janell Byrd-Chichester as the agency’s new Chief of Staff. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Byrd-Chichester was a partner at DC’s Mehri & Skalet law firm in their fair housing, lending and...more

FHFA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Revisions to Federal Home Loan Bank Membership Eligibility Requirements

On October 6, the FHFA announced that it is extending the comment period for its proposed rule on Federal Home Loan Bank membership by 60 days, or to January 12, 2015. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Final Draft RTS for Central Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR - On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report containing final draft regulatory technical standards...more

FHFA Extends Comment Period For Proposed FHLB Membership Rule

On October 6, the FHFA announced that it would extend the comment period for its proposed rule on Federal Home Loan Bank membership. ...more

CFPB’s Rulemaking Process Gets Good Report Card from OIG Report with Only Minor Criticisms

A September 29, 2014 Report of the Joint Federal Reserve/CFPB Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the CFPB’s rulemaking process generally complies with the requirements of Section 1100G of the Dodd-Frank...more

OIG Audit Determines FHFA Should Direct The GSEs To Require Independent Assurance Of Counterparties’ Compliance

Recently, the FHFA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the FHFA can further mitigate the risks posed by Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s reliance on third-party mortgage loan sellers and servicers...more

FHFA proposed rule on Enterprise housing goals is open for comments

Issued earlier this month, a proposed rule from the Federal Housing Finance Agency considers updates to the Agency’s Enterprise housing goals. The rule applies to mortgages purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for housing...more

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