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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

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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

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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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Council of EU Agrees on General Approach on the Fourth Money Laundering Directive and Revised Wire Transfer Regulation - On June 15, the Council of the EU published a note (dated June 13, 2014) outlining the general...more

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Bank of England Launches New Framework to Test for Cyber Vulnerabilities - On June 10, the Bank of England launched a new framework to help identify areas where the financial sector could be vulnerable to sophisticated...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

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CFTC Announces New Approach for Considering Requests for Relief from Registration for Delegating Commodity Pool Operators - On May 12, CFTC Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight announced a streamlined...more

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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 - 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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - July 29,2013

FHFA Statement on Freddie Mac Risk-Sharing Transaction - On July 24, the FHFA announced that Freddie Mac is nearing completion of its first risk-sharing transaction, a direct debt issuance, that will assist Freddie Mac...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 - July 03, 2013

On June 27, Fitch released its criteria for rating securitizations in emerging markets. On June 26, S&P released a request for comment on its proposed criteria for rating real estate companies. Comments must be submitted by...more

Rating Agency Developments - June 26, 2013

On June 20, Moody’s released its methodology for assessing tail risk in Australian RMBS transactions. On June 19, Moody’s released its U.S. RMBS surveillance methodology. On June 19, KBRA released its financial guaranty...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - June 24, 2013

In This Issue: OCC Issues Final Rule on Lending Limits; CFTC Temporary No-Action Relief for Transition to SEF Rule; FHFA Report to Congress; CFTC Temporary No-Action Relief for Small Bank Board Approval Requirements: CFTC...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - June 17, 2013

In This Issue: Rating Agency Development; Second Circuit Rules That Payments Made to Purchase Notes Are Exempt from Avoidance Under Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code; Lehman Derivative Litigation Still Looms Large;...more

Rating Agency Developments - June 12, 2013

On June 7, Fitch released its criteria for Japanese CMBS surveillance. On June 6, Fitch released updated EMEA RMBS criteria, including (i) its master rating criteria for EMEA RMBS transactions; (ii) its criteria for...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 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 - 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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