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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Provides Additional Details to Evaluate Charter Applications From Fintech Companies - On March 15, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") issued a "Draft...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 16, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled General Corporate Methodology. Report. On March 16, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled North American Single-Asset/Single-Borrower Methodology. Report. On March 16,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - House Committee on Financial Services Comments on OCC Fintech Charter - All 34 Republican members of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, including...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 8, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled U.S. Auto Lease ABS Rating Criteria. Report. On March 7, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled Mapping Financial Institution Internal Ratings to DBRS Ratings for Global...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Approves Rules to Ease Investor Access to Exhibits in Company Filings - On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to adopt rule and form amendments that will require issuers to include a...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 1, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled: Rating U.S. Private Student Loan Securitizations. Report. On March 1, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled: Cash Flow Assumptions for Corporate Credit Securitizations....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Indicates Willingness to Help Incubate Fintech - On February 21, 2017, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the acting chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC"), has diverged from other U.S. federal...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 22, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled DBRS Criteria: Recovery Ratings for Non-Investment Grade Corporate Issuers. Report. On February 22, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled Rating Companies in the Services...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - New York Department of Financial Services Promulgates First-in-the-Nation State Cybersecurity Regulation - On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Institutions...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 15, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled North American Single-Asset/Single-Borrower Methodology. On February 15, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled DBRS Commercial Real Estate Property Analysis Criteria....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 8, 2017, Fitch updated its rating criteria for U.S. municipal short-term debt. Report. On February 8, 2017, Fitch updated its criteria assumptions for analyzing securities backed by UK residential mortgage...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Former AIG chief Hank Greenberg and his co-defendant, AIG’s former CFO, reached an “unexpected” settlement last week with NY officials. The duo will fork over about $10 million in bonuses payments and admit that they...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 31, 2017, Moody’s updated its U.S. RMBS surveillance methodology. Report. On January 31, 2017, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for rated issuers in the telecommunications service provider industry...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - 2016 Data Breach Legislation Roundup: What to Know Going Forward - States were busy updating their data breach notification statutes in 2016. With 2016 in the rear view, let's take...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 23, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled North American CMBS Rating Methodology. Report. On January 23, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled Rating U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Program Securitizations....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Announces Finalized Rule Adjusting the Board's Maximum Civil Money Penalties - On January 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was adjusting...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 18, 2017, Moody’s issued a report entitled Hybrid Equity Credit. Report. On January 17, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled Rating North American CMBS Interest-Only Certificates – Request for Comment. Report....more

Moody’s to Pay $864 Million to U.S. Department of Justice & 21 States in Credit Rating Settlement

On January 13, 2017, Moody’s Corporation agreed to pay $864 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and 21 states in connection with the ratings agency’s credit rating work on residential mortgage-backed...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

We learned about Navient and its allegedly trouble-filled student-loan servicing practices yesterday. Turns out the issues are not only long-standing, but they bear similarities to the mortgage-lending issues that were at...more

Moody’s Settles RMBS/CDO Ratings Claims with DOJ, States

After markets closed on Friday the 13th, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an $864 million settlement regarding Moody’s credit ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) and collateralized debt...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Prohibition on Dealing or Investing in Industrial or Commercial Metals - On January 3, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC") finalized a rule that...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 4, 2017, KBRA updated its methodology for rating Single-Family Rental (SFR) securitizations. Report. On January 4, 2017, KBRA updated its methodology for rating U.S. CMBS multi-borrower securitizations. Report....more

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