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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Special Purpose National Bank Charters for FinTech Companies - On December 2, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas J. Curry, announced that the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 30, 2016, Fitch published its U.S. water and sewer revenue bond rating criteria. Report. On November 29, 2016, Fitch published its rating criteria for RMBS transactions in Europe, Middle East and Africa...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

FHFA Announces Increase in Maximum Conforming Loan Limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017 - On November 23, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 23, 2016, Moody’s published its updated methodology for Special Assessment/Special Property Tax (Non-Ad Valorem) Debt. Release. On November 17, 2016, Fitch published its updated criteria for Analysis of...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 16, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Recovery Ratings and Notching Criteria for Equity REITs. Release. On November 16, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Rating Criteria...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Division of Market Oversight Reminds Market Participants of the Upcoming Expiration of Certain No-Action Relief From the Ownership and Control Final Rule - On November 16,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Rating Agency Developments - On November 9, 2016, Fitch updated its ratings criteria for analyzing U.S. wireless tower transactions. On November 8, 2016, DBRS published its ratings methodology for Canadian trade...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

All those traders excited about a burgeoning US economy ahead may want to keep an eye on the commercial real estate market, which is seeing a rise in defaults and delinquencies as pre-crisis 10-year loans come due....more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 9, 2016, Fitch updated its ratings criteria for analyzing U.S. wireless tower transactions. Report. On November 8, 2016, DBRS published its ratings methodology for Canadian trade receivable securitization...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Rating Agency Developments - On November 2, 2016, DBRS published a report entitled Unified Interest Rate Model for European Securitisations...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Adopts Final Rules to Facilitate Intrastate and Regional Securities Offerings - On October 26, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules designed to modernize...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 26, 2016, Fitch published its updated Criteria for Interest Rate Stresses in Structured Finance Transactions and Covered Bonds. Press Release. On October 26, 2016, Fitch published its updated Covered Bonds Rating...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards - On October 19, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 17, 2016, DBRS issued a report entitled: CMBS North American Surveillance. Report. On October 14, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Moody’s Approach to Rating Securities Backed by Pools of Both FFELP and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The weekend’s business news was dominated by the word that AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion in the biggest yet in a series of telecomm mergers....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CTFC Approves Proposed Rules Addressing Application of Certain CEA Regulations to Cross-Border Transactions - On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 11, 2016, S&P published its methodology for surveilling ratings of U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities principal only strip securities. Report. On October 7, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - The CFPB Publishes Final Rule for Prepaid Accounts - On October 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") finalized comprehensive consumer protections for...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 4, 2016, Moody’s published its approach to rating revenue bonds of U.S. municipal Joint Action Agencies (JAA). Report. On October 3, 2016, DBRS published derivative criteria for European structured finance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Adopts Rules for Enhanced Regulatory Framework for Securities Clearing Agencies - On September 28, 2016 the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") voted to adopt new rules to establish "enhanced standards for the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 27, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled Criteria for Rating Non-Financial Corporates. Press release. On September 26, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled Criteria for Country Risk in Global Structured Finance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Rejecting "True Lender" Arguments, California District Court Dismisses Claims Against Student Loan Servicers - This past Thursday, September 22, a federal district court in the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On September 19, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Special Assessment / Special Property Tax (Non-Ad Valorem) Debt. Report. On September 15, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Publishes Updated Insurance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

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

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