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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating Agency Developments

On January 8, 2016, Fitch updated its criteria for rating investment holding companies. Report. On January 7, 2016, Moody’s updated and replaced its existing methodology for rating banks. On January 7, 2016, Moody’s published...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 6, DBRS published its methodology for rating European commercial mortgage loans and European CMBS transactions. On January 4, DBRS published its preferred share and hybrid security criteria for corporate issuers....more

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