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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

Rating Agency Developments - March 27, 2014

On March 19, S&P released its methodology for rating CDOs of project finance debt. On March 17, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing RMBS under the Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage rules....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 17, 2014

On March 12, the Honorable Katharine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Fabrice Tourre, a former Goldman Sachs trader convicted of violation of federal securities...more

Rating Agency Developments - March 14, 2014

On March 6, Moody’s released its updated methodology for rating CDOs backed by structured finance assets. On March 5, Fitch released its criteria for granular corporate balance-sheet securitizations (SME CLOs). On March 3,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review for March 10, 2014

Final Guidance for Medium-Sized Firms on Dodd-Frank Stress Tests - On March 5, the Fed, the FDIC, and the OCC issued final guidance which describes supervisory expectations for stress tests to be conducted by financial...more

Rating Agency Developments - March 05, 2014

On February 27, Moody’s released its global approach to rating collateralized loan obligations. On February 26, Moody’s released its approach to rating auto lease securitizations exposed to residual value risk. On February...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 3, 2014

UCITS 5 Political Agreement Reached - On February 25, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that political agreement has been reached with the Council of the EU on the proposed UCITS V Directive....more

Rating Agency Developments - Febuary 28, 2014

On February 20, Moody’s released its approach to rating tobacco settlement revenue securitizations. On February 19, Fitch released its criteria for rating single- and multi-name credit-linked notes (CLNs)....more

ESMA Publishes CRA III Regulation Implementation Consultation Paper

On February 11, ESMA published a consultation paper on the implementation of the CRA III Regulation containing draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) on the following: - The content and format of fees charged by...more

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