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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

Rating Agency Developments

On January 18, 2017, Moody’s issued a report entitled Hybrid Equity Credit. Report. On January 17, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled Rating North American CMBS Interest-Only Certificates – Request for Comment. Report....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Re-Proposal of Position Limits Regulation - On December 5, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") unanimously approved to re-propose rules that...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 7, 2016, Moody’s published its ratings methodology for sustainable net cash flow and value for CMBS and CRE CDO CLO real estate collateral in the Americas and ex-Japan Asia Pacific. Report. On December 6,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Special Purpose National Bank Charters for FinTech Companies - On December 2, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas J. Curry, announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

With Fitch and DBRS [by most measures, the #3 and #4 rating agencies in a 3-player game] doling out AAA ratings for bonds backed by non-qualified mortgages that Moody’s has dubbed “risky.” Well worth keeping an eye on this...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 30, 2016, Fitch published its U.S. water and sewer revenue bond rating criteria. Report. On November 29, 2016, Fitch published its rating criteria for RMBS transactions in Europe, Middle East and Africa...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 - On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 23, 2016, Moody’s published its updated methodology for Special Assessment/Special Property Tax (Non-Ad Valorem) Debt. Release. On November 17, 2016, Fitch published its updated criteria for Analysis of...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 16, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Recovery Ratings and Notching Criteria for Equity REITs. Release. On November 16, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Rating Criteria...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Division of Market Oversight Reminds Market Participants of the Upcoming Expiration of Certain No-Action Relief From the Ownership and Control Final Rule - On November 16,...more

European Commission Reports on Reporting Obligations under the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation 

The European Commission published a report on reporting obligations under the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation. The Report reviewed references to external credit ratings in EU legislation and in private contracts among...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Rejecting "True Lender" Arguments, California District Court Dismisses Claims Against Student Loan Servicers - This past Thursday, September 22, a federal district court in the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 19, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Special Assessment / Special Property Tax (Non-Ad Valorem) Debt. Report. On September 15, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Publishes Updated Insurance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Discusses Marketplace Lending - On September 13, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed marketplace lending's risks and associated policy questions. He...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 14, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating European structured finance transactions. Report. On September 14, 2016, DBRS published and is requesting comment on its methodology for rating European...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Publish Study on Banking Activities and Investments under Dodd-Frank - On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 7, 2016, Moody’s updated and replaced its approach to assessing credit risk for U.S. charter schools. Report. On September 7, 2016, S&P published its global framework criteria for rating securitizations of...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 16, Moody’s supplemented its approach to rating residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in China. Report. On August 16, Fitch updated its country ceilings cross-sector criteria report. Report....more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 2, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Moody’s Approach to Rating Securitisations Backed by Non-Performing and Re-Performing Loans. On August 1, 2016, S&P issued a report entitled: General: Global...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 6, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for European Social Housing Providers. Report. On July 5, 2016, Fitch updated its global surveillance criteria for structured finance CDOs. Report....more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 14, 2016, DBRS issued a report entitled: General Corporate Methodology. Report. On June 14, 2016, DBRS issued a report entitled: DBRS Criteria: Evaluating Corporate Governance. Report. On June 14, 2016, DBRS issued a...more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 8, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Distressed Debt Exchange Rating Criteria.  Press release. On June 7, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Global Property and Casualty Insurers.  Report....more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 13, Moody’s published its approach to rating obligations with variable promises, where the source of variation is related to non-standard or non-credit-related reference factors. ...more

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