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Rating Agency Developments

On October 1, DBRS released its methodologies for rating companies in oil and gas and oilfield services. Oil and Gas....more

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UK FCA Policy Statement on Sponsor Competence and Consultations on Joint Sponsors and Sponsor Conflicts - On September 26, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published consultation paper CP14/21, incorporating its...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 23, DBRS published a request for comments for rating European Covered Bonds. The report described the DBRS criteria for rating all types of European covered bonds, whether issued under country-specific covered...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 19, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing large loans within single-borrower or multiborrower U.S. CMBS transactions. On September 17, DBRS released its methodology for rating U.S. structured finance...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 9, Moody’s released its methodology for rating consumer loan-backed ABS. On September 9, Fitch released its methodology for rating SHFA MBS Pass-Through bonds....more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 31, Moody’s released its rating methodology for global manufacturing companies. On July 25, Fitch released its global rating criteria for Corporate CDOs. On July 25, DBRS issued its methodology for rating companies in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Bank of England Publishes Statement on Enforcement Action Against Lloyds Bank PLC and Bank of Scotland PLC - On July 28, the Bank of England published a statement on Financial Conduct Authority enforcement action...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 24, S&P issued a request for comment on changes to methodology and assumptions for assessing Japanese RMBS. On July 24, Fitch issued Asia-Pacific Consumer ABS ratings criteria. On July 24, Fitch issued...more

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FMLC Publishes Response on Bail-in Powers - In response to a consultation by HM Treasury, the UK's Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter on June 4 relating to the bail-in powers introduced by the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 29, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. nonprofit institutions. On May 28, Fitch released its criteria for rating caps and limitations on global structured finance transactions....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on European Commission's Proposed Amendments to ITS - On April 16, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published via its website an opinion dated April 4, 2014 on...more

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

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