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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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was a key focus this week. The DOJ announced a new one year Pilot Program which holds the promise of a significant reduction in penalties if the firm self-reports and takes a series of steps....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Disclosure of Information on Commodity Derivatives Markets or Related Spot Markets under MAR - On March 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") opened a public...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Litigation Finance: A Brief History of a Growing Industry - Litigation costs money. Litigation finance can provide the cash a plaintiff needs to prevail in court. Plaintiffs holding valid—and potentially quite...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 23, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for rating securitizations backed by Non-Performing and Re-Performing Loans....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Commission Sends MiFID II Draft RTS Back to ESMA for Revision - On March 17, Markus Ferber, MEP, the European Parliament's Rapporteur for MiFID II, published a press release announcing that the European Commission had...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 10, DBRS issued a report entitled: Mapping Financial Institution Internal Ratings to DBRS Ratings for Global Structured Credit Transactions. On March 14, Fitch issued a report entitled: U.S. Subprime Auto ABS...more

Hong Kong Market Misconduct: The SFC’s Extra-Territorial Reach

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (the “SFC”) recently initiated proceedings for alleged market misconduct against U.S.-based Andrew Edward Left in connection with his research report (“Left’s report”)...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.11.16

As expected, ECB President Mario Draghi announced yesterday an “aggressive package of quantitative easing measures” that had the immediate impact of sending stock and bond prices higher (at least for an hour or so)....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.10.16

The SEC’s been floating an idea that would require mutual funds “to increase their liquidity cushions to accommodate investors looking to leave in a hurry,” but the industry’s pushing back—hard—despite the recent Third Avenue...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 2, S&P updated its criteria for rating certain U.S. RMBS backed by pre-2009 originated mortgage loans. On March 1, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for U.S. public electric utilities with generation ownership...more

Moody’s Joins Effort to Standardize Green Bond Market

The municipal green bond market is in its infancy. For it to achieve scale and widespread recognition, a process for verifying whether a bond is “green” is needed so the market can fairly judge the merits of each green bond...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.2.16

Solid economic data helped propel US stocks yesterday, with the Dow posting an impressive 350-point gain – WSJ and Bloomberg... Honeywell has again dropped its merger overtures to United Technologies, a move UT...more

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