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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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