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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

SEC Adopts Business Conduct Standards for Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based Swap Participants - On April 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules modifying regulations "for...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 18, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates U.S. Tax-Supported Rating Criteria....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

No-Action Letter Issued Regarding the OCR Final Rule - On April 8, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ("CFTC") Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter regarding the ownership and control final...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 13, Moody’s published its approach to rating obligations with variable promises, where the source of variation is related to non-standard or non-credit-related reference factors. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 6, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating European structured finance transactions. On April 6, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for ratings in the forest products industry. On April 6, 2016, DBRS...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 30, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for assessing green bonds. On March 30, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating Canadian structured finance instruments. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Disclosure of Information on Commodity Derivatives Markets or Related Spot Markets under MAR - On March 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") opened a public...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Litigation Finance: A Brief History of a Growing Industry - Litigation costs money. Litigation finance can provide the cash a plaintiff needs to prevail in court. Plaintiffs holding valid—and potentially quite...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 23, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for rating securitizations backed by Non-Performing and Re-Performing Loans....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Commission Sends MiFID II Draft RTS Back to ESMA for Revision - On March 17, Markus Ferber, MEP, the European Parliament's Rapporteur for MiFID II, published a press release announcing that the European Commission had...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 10, DBRS issued a report entitled: Mapping Financial Institution Internal Ratings to DBRS Ratings for Global Structured Credit Transactions. On March 14, Fitch issued a report entitled: U.S. Subprime Auto ABS...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.18.16

The Fed’s patience on rate hikes coupled with surging commodities prices (including oil over $40/barrel for the first time since December) helped push the Dow into positive territory for the year – WSJ... So apparently...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on Presentation of Investment Recommendations and Disclosure of Conflict of Interest Under MAR - The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 8, 2016, Fitch updated its global rating criteria for single- and multi-name credit-linked notes. On March 8, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating European covered bonds. On March 4, 2016, DBRS published...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Publishes Results of the CRDIV-CRR/Basel III Monitoring Exercise as of June 30, 2015 - On March 2, the European Banking Authority ("EBA") published its report of its ninth Basel III monitoring exercise, particularly...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 2, S&P updated its criteria for rating certain U.S. RMBS backed by pre-2009 originated mortgage loans. On March 1, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for U.S. public electric utilities with generation ownership...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Issues Policy on No-Action Letters - On February 18, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new policy statement on No-Action Letters. Under the Policy, Bureau...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 19, DBRS published its derivative criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions. On February 19, DBRS published its legal criteria for European Structured Finance Transactions....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Covered Broker-Dealer Provisions Under Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act - On February 17, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 12, S&P issued a report entitled ABS: European Corporate Securitizations. On February 11, Fitch released Updated Criteria for Asset-Backed Commercial Paper....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - The SEC Adopts Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Rules - On February 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted rules under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

Rating Agency Developments

On February 9, DBRS published its methodology for rating Canadian government STRIP bonds. On February 9, DBRS published its methodology for guarantees and other forms of support. On February 9, DBRS published its methodology...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce Independent Dispute Resolution Program - On February 2, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the "FHFA") announced that Fannie Mae and...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

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