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Rating Agency Developments - January 28, 2014

On January 23, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing interest rate stresses in structured finance transactions and covered bonds. On January 22, DBRS released its methodology for rating wind power projects. On January 22,...more

Rating Agency Developments - October 22, 2013

On October 17, DBRS published revised rating methodology for Canadian consumer auto-backed securitization. On October 16, Fitch published an update of its rating criteria for toll roads, bridges and tunnels. On October 15,...more

Rating Agency Developments - September 11, 2013

On September 4, Fitch released its criteria for rating covered bonds. On September 3, DBRS released its methodology for Canadian residential mortgage servicer evaluations....more

Rating Agency Developments - August 27, 2013

On August 21, S&P released its asset isolation and SPE criteria for Canadian structured finance transactions. On August 19, Fitch released its insurance rating methodology....more

Rating Agency Developments - August 20, 2013

On August 15, Fitch released its rating criteria hierarchy. On August 14, Fitch released its criteria for rating market value structures. On August 14, Fitch released its criteria for rating closed-end fund debt and preferred...more

Rating Agency Developments - August 14, 2013

On August 9, Fitch released its U.S. RMBS re-REMIC criteria. On August 9, Fitch released its U.S. RMBS loan loss model criteria. On August 8, Fitch released its criteria for rating corporate CDOs....more

Rating Agency Developments - August 06, 2013

On August 2, Fitch released its criteria for the rating of distressed debt exchanges. On August 1, Fitch released its criteria for the use of lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI) in RMBS transactions....more

Rating Agency Developments - July 17, 2013

On July 12, S&P released a request for comment on its methodology and assumptions for rating U.S. small business loan-backed securitizations. Comments must be submitted by August 15....more

Bear Stearns Liquidators Brings Fraud Action Against Rating Agencies

On July 9, the joint official liquidators of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. filed suit against three rating agencies – Standard & Poors, Moody’s and Fitch – in New York state court over the agencies’ allegedly fraudulent investment...more

Rating Agency Developments - June 19, 2013

On June 13, S&P released its insurance criteria for U.S. and Canadian CMBS transactions. On June 13, Fitch released its criteria for assigning short-term ratings for variable-rate demand obligations (VRDOs) or maturing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - May 28, 2013

In This Issue: CFPB's Escrows Final Rule; Rating Agency Developments; District Court Vacates Dismissal, Remands RMBS Suit Against J.P. Morgan to State Court; SunTrust Avoids FINRA Arbitration Concerning The Sale of RMBS;...more

Rating Agency Developments - May 08, 2013

On May 2, KBRA released its methodology for rating global banks and bank holding companies. On April 30, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. auto lease ABS. On April 26. S&P released its criteria for rating Canadian...more

Rating Agencies - April 30, 2013

On April 26, Fitch released its criteria for U.S. RMBS originator review and third-party due diligence. On April 24, Fitch released its criteria for rating CMBS in Asia-Pacific. ...more

Rating Agency Developments - Aprill 23, 2013

On April 18, Fitch released its guidelines for rating state credit enhancement programs. On April 17, Moody’s released its methodology for rating general obligation bonds issued by U.S. local governments. ...more

Rating Agencies - April 08, 2013

On April 4, Moody’s released its methodology for rating short-term cash flow notes. ...more

Rating Agency Developments - April 04, 2013

On March 29, Moody’s issued its methodology for U.S. municipal pool program debt. On March 28, Fitch updated its criteria for rating global small- and medium-sized enterprises CLOs. On March 26, Fitch updated its criteria for...more

Rating Agency Developments - March 19, 2013

On March 12, S&P updated its methodology for second-lien RMBS surveillance and cash flow analysis for pre-2009 originations. On March 11, Moody’s released its approach to rating RMBS using the MILAN framework. On March 11,...more

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