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Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Changes Proposed to CAS and STACR Programs - On May 8, 2017, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they are considering certain changes to the structure of their CAS and STACR...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 10, 2017, DBRS published its general corporate rating methodology. On May 10, 2017, DBRS published its methodology for rating companies in the capital goods dealership industry....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Proposes to Amend Rules Governing Chief Compliance Officer Duties and Annual Reports for Certain Registrants - On May 3, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

South Africa’s Junk Status Downgrade

On 3 April, 2017, S&P Global led the way in downgrading South Africa’s Sovereign Credit Rating to non-investment-grade ‘Junk’ status. This following President Zuma’s purging of his Cabinet on 31 March, 2017, in which a total...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 3, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled Rating Canadian Public Hospitals. Report. On May 3, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Global Structured Finance Rating Criteria. Report. On May 3, 2017, Moody’s...more

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Local-TV powerhouse Sinclair Broadcast Group isn’t all that well known outside of the Baltimore area, but it’s making a big play for the national stage as it nears a deal to buy Tribune Media—the former “Tribune empire’s...more

CHECKMATE: South Africa's credit rating downgraded to "junk status"- what this means for South Africa

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In a catastrophic moment for South Africa, credit rating agency Standard and Poor (S&P) downgraded South Africa's credit rating to "junk status". S&P cut South Africa's credit rating by one notch to BB+, which is S&P's...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Finalizes Effective Date Extension for Prepaid Accounts Rule - On April 20, 2017, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) issued a final rule to delay the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 26, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled U.S. Public Finance College and University Rating Criteria. Report. On April 26, 2017, Fitch published an update to its methodology for rating insurance companies....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Rating Agency Developments - On April 19, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Airport Operating Lease ABS Rating Criteria. On April 14, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled North America and Asia-Pacific...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 19, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Airport Operating Lease ABS Rating Criteria. Release. On April 14, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled North America and Asia-Pacific Multiborrower CMBS Surveillance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Publishes Compliance and Disclosure Guidance for Regulation Crowdfunding - On April 5, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 6, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Fitch: Early Signs are Positive for Risk Retention in U.S. CMBS. Release....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Adopts Jobs Act Amendments - On April 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that it has adopted amendments to increase the amount of money companies can...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 4, 2017, DBRS updated its methodology for rating U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). Report. On April 4, 2017, DBRS published its methodology for rating U.S. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Proposes to Provide Flexibility in Collecting Information - On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released a proposal to amend Equal Credit...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 29, 2017, Moody’s published its approach to assessing credit risk for multilateral development banks and other supranational entities. Report. On March 28, 2017, DBRS published its methodology for rating...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions - On March 22, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted an amendment to Rule 15c6-1(a), shortening the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 22, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled DBRS Criteria: Commercial Paper Liquidity Support for Non-Bank Issuers. Report. On March 22, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled Fitch Updates US RMBS Seasoned,...more

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

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