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Rating Agency Developments

On January 25, 2016, DBRS updated its methodology for rating Subscription Loans (Capital Call). On January 21, 2016, Fitch updated its U.S. RMBS Master Rating Criteria....more

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SEC Reopens Comment Period for Proposed Amendments to Rule 13n-4 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 - On January 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission reopened the comment period for proposed amendments to...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 20, Fitch issued CDOs: Advance Notice Of Proposed Criteria Change: Corporate Cash Flow And Synthetic CDO Rating Methodology. On January 19, DBRS published Structured Finance Flow-Through Ratings....more

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership - On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA") issued a final rule establishing new requirements for...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 8, 2016, Fitch updated its criteria for rating investment holding companies. Report. On January 7, 2016, Moody’s updated and replaced its existing methodology for rating banks. On January 7, 2016, Moody’s published...more

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The PRA Publishes Guidance on Financial Conglomerate Waivers - On January 4, the Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA") published guidance on the application and supplementary forms that should be submitted by firms...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 6, DBRS published its methodology for rating European commercial mortgage loans and European CMBS transactions. On January 4, DBRS published its preferred share and hybrid security criteria for corporate issuers....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.11.16

Ready for another rollercoaster ride? Asian markets suggest it could be a long Monday on Wall Street – WSJ... The latest from the ongoing battle between the SEC and billionaire investor Steven A Cohen appears to be a...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 16, 2015, Fitch released updated Criteria Assumptions for UK Residential Mortgages. On December 16, 2015, Fitch released updated EMEA RMBS Rating Criteria, which had no impact on existing ratings. On December 15,...more

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CFTC Approves Final Rule on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants - On December 16, 2015, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a new regulation for...more

Tenn. S. Ct. Examines Jurisdiction Over Non-Resident Defendants

The Tennessee Supreme Court released a December 14 decision reviewing personal jurisdiction over non-resident defendants. First Community Bank, NA v. First Tennessee Bank, NA, No. 2012-01422-SC-R110CV (Tenn. Dec. 14, 2015)....more

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The Federal Housing Administration Announces New Loan Limits for 2016 - On December 9, 2015, the Federal Housing Administration ("FHA") announced its schedule of loan limits for the 2016 calendar year. The new schedule,...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 2, Fitch updated its criteria for rating prepaid energy transactions. On December 1, Fitch released updated criteria for grant anticipation revenue vehicles (GARVEE) bonds....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Q& A on Application of the AIFMD - On December 2, 2015 the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published an updated Question and Answer document in relation to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers...more

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FHFA Releases 2015 Performance and Accountability Report - On November 16. 2015, the Federal Housing Finance Agency released a report that analyzes its duties as regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and as...more

Natural Language Interpretation Triumphs Despite Junior Noteholders’ Frustration With Rating Agency

The claimant Note Trustee and Issuer Security Trustee (the Trustee) sought the Court's assistance interpreting a servicing agreement (in the context of a mid-2007 commercial mortgage-backed securitisation (CMBS) transaction)...more

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MiFID II Overhaul of Financial Market Rules to be Delayed - The MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU) seeks to implement a major overhaul of existing legislation concerning the structures within which financial instruments are...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 2nd, DBRS updated its rating methodology for Companies in the Gaming Industry. On November 2nd, DBRS updated its rating methodology for European Non-Performing Loans Securitizations. On October 30th, Moody’s...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 28, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for insurance premium finance-backed securities. On October 27, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for floorplan asset-backed securities....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Case Update: Madden v. Midland Funding - ?On May 22, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in Madden v. Midland Funding that the federal preemption provision of the National Bank Act, 12 U.S.C. §...more

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Federal Reserve, OCC, FCA, FHFA and FDIC Adopt Joint Final Rule on Swap Margin Requirements - On October 22, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the "OCC"), the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board"), the Farm...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC’s apparent preference for administrative proceedings as a venue for its enforcement actions continues to draw criticism. H.R. 3798 is now pending in the House of Representatives. The bill is tilted the “Due Process...more

S&P Says Infrastructure Costs Go Well Beyond the Initial Investment

In a number of recent conversations regarding using Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to deliver large infrastructure projects under an availability payment structure, I’ve heard a lot of angst by public owners over the cost...more

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Barclays and Wachovia Settle with NCUA - On October 19, 2015, Barclays PLC and Wachovia Capital Markets LLC agreed to pay $325 million and $53 million, respectively, to settle claims brought by the National Credit Union...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 15, 2015, DBRS released a report entitled Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Originators. On October 15, 2015, Fitch published its updated U.S. Auto Loan ABS Rating Criteria. On October 16,...more

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