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Rating Agency Developments

On August 21, Moody’s released its global methodology for monitoring and rating property and casualty insurers. On August 21, Moody’s released its global methodology for monitoring and rating life insurers. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Stability Board Publishes Responses to Consultation on Proposed Reforms of the Forex Market - On August 20, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published responses to its consultation in respect of proposed...more

Securities Litigation Update

The summer may feel like a more leisurely time of year, but not in securities litigation news. Here are some of the more significant headlines...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - August 18, 2014

FHFA Seeks Input on Single Security Structure for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - On August 12, FHFA published a Request for Input on the proposed structure for a Single Security that would be issued and guaranteed by...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 8, Fitch updated its global master criteria for rating covered bonds....more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 31, Moody’s released its rating methodology for global manufacturing companies. On July 25, Fitch released its global rating criteria for Corporate CDOs. On July 25, DBRS issued its methodology for rating companies in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Bank of England Publishes Statement on Enforcement Action Against Lloyds Bank PLC and Bank of Scotland PLC - On July 28, the Bank of England published a statement on Financial Conduct Authority enforcement action...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 24, S&P issued a request for comment on changes to methodology and assumptions for assessing Japanese RMBS. On July 24, Fitch issued Asia-Pacific Consumer ABS ratings criteria. On July 24, Fitch issued...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Amendments to Offshore Fund Rules to Reflect Finance Act 2014 AIFM Partnership Tax Changes - Regulations amending the Offshore Funds Regulations 2009 (the 2009 Regulations) to reflect the Finance Act 2014 changes to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

New York's Highest Court Will Review First Department Decision on RMBS Putback Statute of Limitations - On June 27, the Court of Appeals for the State of New York agreed to review the First Department's December 2013...more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 26, Moody’s released its methodology for monitoring and rating collateralized debt obligations backed by trust preferred securities (TruPS CDOs). ...more

Stand by for Risk Retention

The Risk Retention Rule Is Coming! The sky may not be falling, but The Risk Retention Rule is Coming at last! Very soon, we hear. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FMLC Publishes Response on Bail-in Powers - In response to a consultation by HM Treasury, the UK's Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter on June 4 relating to the bail-in powers introduced by the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 29, Fitch released its criteria for rating U.S. nonprofit institutions. On May 28, Fitch released its criteria for rating caps and limitations on global structured finance transactions....more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 22, Fitch released its rating criteria for commercial real estate (CRE) loans securing covered bonds, which replaces its criteria published in October 2013. On May 22, Kroll released its methodology for rating...more

Ribbet – The Green Cassandra of the Capital Markets

Moody’s published a piece the other week that analogized credit quality in the CRE capital markets to the boiling frog – that if you put a frog in cold water and slowly raise the temperature, it never jumps out until it,...more

CalPERS Allowed To Continue Rating Agency Suit

In 2009, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System filed a lawsuit alleging negligent misrepresentation and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage against Moody’s Investors Services, Inc., Moody’s...more

Rating Agency Developments - April 30, 2014

On April 28, Moody’s released a request for comment on proposed changes to its global credit card ABS rating approach. Comments must be submitted by June 9. On April 22, Moody’s released its methodology for rating...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

UK Government Backs "Transparency & Trust" Paper Recommendations - The UK government has published a response paper largely in agreement with the controversial "Transparency & Trust" discussion paper published by its...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Banking Authority Publishes Opinion on European Commission's Proposed Amendments to ITS - On April 16, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published via its website an opinion dated April 4, 2014 on...more

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

Rating Agency Developments - April 09, 2014

On March 25, Moody’s released its approach to rating RMBS using the MILAN framework. On March 25, Moody’s released its approach to assessing incremental risk posed by ability to repay rules in US RMBS....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Reports on Information that Competent Authorities Should Provide to it Under the AIFMD - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has published a final report of technical advice for the European...more

Assured Guaranty and National Public Finance Guarantee Ratings Upgraded by S&P

On March 18, 2014, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services announced ratings upgrades for two bond insurers – Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp. (f/k/a Financial Security Assurance Inc.) to “AA” from “AA-” and MBIA Inc.’s National...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 31, 2014

Fed Issues a Report on Mobile Financial Services - On March 25, the Fed issued a report on the use of mobile phones to obtain financial services. Last year, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of...more

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