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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

Green Bond Assessments

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...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

Deal Agent: A Structural Enhancement to Private Label RMBS

The U.S. Treasury Department (the “Treasury”) views a healthy private label residential mortgage-backed securities (“PLS”) market as “an important component of a reformed, safe, and sustainable housing finance system that...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

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.19.16

The Journal reports that big companies [banks included] are pouring more into dividends than at “any time since the financial crisis”—likely, a response to record-low bond yields that’s “put a premium” on kicking back...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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Agencies Issue Proposal on Method to Adjust Threshold for Exempting Small Loans from Special Appraisal Requirements - On July 22, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board and the Office...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.15.16

More details have emerged from the February cyberheist that resulted in the theft of more than $81 million from Bangladesh’s account at the NY Fed, including a pretty significant lack of critical concern from the bank itself....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 26, 2016, Moody’s published its ratings methodology for Lease, Appropriation, Moral Obligation and Comparable Debt of US State and Local Governments....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 29, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for trading companies. Report. On June 29, 2016, DBRS published its rating methodology for Canadian structured income funds. Report. On June 29, 2016, DBRS published...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

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: SFC’s Case Against Moody’s – Part 2

On March 31, 2016, the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal (“SFAT”) upheld the disciplinary action of the SFC against Moody’s. This landmark decision is the first of its kind, as a disciplinary action brought by the...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

Moody’s Finalizes Green Bonds Assessment Methodology

The municipal green bond market has taken another modest step towards solidifying recognized "green" standards in the market. Moody's previously published a proposed Green Bonds Assessment (GBA) methodology—a forward-looking...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.23.16

We’ve got numbers for Bayer’s unsolicited bid to buy Monsanto—a cash offer of $62 billion, representing a 37% premium on Monsanto’s May 9 closing price...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Increases 2016 Multifamily Lending Caps - On May 4, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it increased its 2016 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $31 billion to $35...more

Federal Appellate Court Reinstates RMBS Action Against Moody’s

On May 2, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a $5.9B suit brought by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (“FHLBB”), alleging that Moody’s Corp and Moody’s Investor’s Service, Inc. (together, “Moody’s”)...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 3, 2016, DBRS published its rating methodology for pooled aircraft lease securitizations. Report. On May 3, 2016, DBRS published its master U.S. ABS surveillance methodology. Report. On May 3, 2016, S&P published its...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.3.16

Craig Steven Wright—the Australian who claims to be famed Bitcoin mastermind Satoshi Nakamoto—is not exactly being welcomed with open (and unquestioning) arms – NYTimes... Stocks came booming back yesterday after a tough...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

Rating Agency Developments

On March 30, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for assessing green bonds. On March 30, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating Canadian structured finance instruments. ...more

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