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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Federal Regulators Issue Proposal on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, CFPB, NCUA and FHFA issued a proposed rule establishing the minimum requirements for mortgage appraisal management companies. An appraisal management company is generally an entity that...more

Credit Crunch Digest

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on recent developments in Libor and the Foreign Exchange market litigation; Credit Suisse’s $885 million mortgage settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Irving...more

Protect Your Mortgage Insurance Rights Now Before It Is Too Late

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced changes to mortgage insurance (MI) master policy requirements. The FHFA has worked with the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to...more

Morgan Stanley and FHFA Reach RMBS Settlement

On February 4, Morgan Stanley disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has agreed, in principle, to a settlement for US$1.25 billion with the Federal Housing Finance Agency to resolve claims pending in the United States...more

FHFA Says Fannie and Freddie Still Take on Risky Mortgages

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have continued to spend billions of dollars on questionable mortgage loans despite previous alerts to potential issues with their appraisals, the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Inspector...more

New FHFA Director Takes Immediate Action To Halt G-Fee Increases, Announces Senior Staff Appointments

On January 6, former Congressman Mel Watt was sworn in as director of the FHFA. Two days later, on January 8, the FHFA halted previously announced plans to increase the base guarantee fee (g-fee) for all mortgages by 10 basis...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- January 13, 2014

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Executive Branch; International; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Last week closed with the long anticipated ability-to-repay and...more

FHFA Proposes Decreased Loan Purchase Limits

On December 16, the FHFA requested public comment on a plan gradually to reduce the maximum size of loans purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The FHFA bases the plan on the uncertain future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...more

Federal Regulators Amend Appraisal Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgages

Collectively, the FDIC, the OCC, FRB, CFPB, NCUA, FHFA and HUD finalized the rule governing appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans. In August 2013, the federal regulators issued a proposal to amend Regulation...more

Agencies Finalize Exemptions To Higher-Priced Mortgage Loan Appraisal Requirements

On December 12, the Federal Reserve Board, the CFPB, the FDIC, the FHFA, the NCUA, and the OCC, issued a final rule supplementing their January 2013 interagency appraisal rule. As described in detail in our Special Alert, the...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At Federal Agencies

Agencies Adopt Final Rules Exempting Certain Higher-Price Mortgage Loans from Appraisal Requirements - On Thursday, December 12, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal...more

FHFA Increases Guarantee Fees

On December 9, the FHFA directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to raise guarantee fees (g-fees). Under the directive, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will increase the base g-fee (or ongoing g-fee) for all mortgages by 10 basis...more

Senate Confirms FHFA Director; FHFA Announces Senior Staff, Organizational Change

On December 10, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) to serve as Director of the FHFA. Once sworn in, Mr. Watt will replace Edward DeMarco, who has led the agency on an “acting” basis for more than...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 16, 2013

Final Rules Implementing the Volcker Rule - On December 10, the Fed, CFTC, FDIC, OCC and SEC issued final rules to implement Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act (the Volcker Rule), which prohibit insured depository...more

FHFA Holds Conforming Loan Limits Steady, Announces Overhauled Mortgage Insurance Master Policy Requirements

On November 26, FHFA announced that 2014 maximum conforming loan limits will remain at $417,000, unchanged from 2013. On December 2, FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac soon will provide guidance to lenders and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

FHFA Announces Changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Mortgage Insurance Master Policy Requirements

On December 2, the FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed the first major overhaul of mortgage insurance master policy requirements. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with FHFA oversight, addressed gaps in...more

FHFA Announces Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Conforming Loan Limits for 2014

On November 26, the FHFA announced that the 2014 maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will remain at the existing levels in most areas....more

Bank of America and Freddie Mac Settle Mortgage Loan Claims

Add yet another major settlement to the still-growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to settle claims over toxic mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America has now agreed to pay $404 million to Freddie...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- November 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on new Libor cases filed against major banks and an update regarding two U.K. Libor cases; a jury verdict against Bank of America in connection with conduct by Countrywide;...more

FHFA OIG Recommends Changes To Fannie Mae Short Sale Oversight

On November 20, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report critical of Fannie Mae’s oversight of its short sale process and the servicers who participate in that process. The OIG determined—based on a review...more

Risk Retention Follies - Part Deux

Well, Halloween has come and gone and with the annual bacchanal of faux frisson over zombies, vampires and the like behind us, can we also put away risk retention anxieties like one of those annoying and morally disturbing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 4, 2013

The Fed Approves New Fee Schedules - On October 31, the Fed announced new fee schedules, effective January 2, 2014, for payment services the Federal Reserve Banks provide to depository institutions (priced services). ...more

Wells Fargo Settles Mortgage Claims With FHFA For Close To $1 Billion

Add another mega-settlement to the rapidly growing list of huge payouts by the nation’s largest banks to federal agencies. Wells Fargo reportedly has now agreed to pay the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which oversees...more

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