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Credit Crunch Digest -- September 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the push by the Federal Reserve for the creation of a Libor alternative; additional updates on high-frequency trading lawsuits; settlements of residential mortgage backed...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

UK FCA Policy Statement on Sponsor Competence and Consultations on Joint Sponsors and Sponsor Conflicts - On September 26, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published consultation paper CP14/21, incorporating its...more

At Long Last—SEC Adopts Final Regulation AB II

On August 27, 2014 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved final rules relating to asset-backed securities (“ABS”) disclosure and registration (the “Final Rules”). The Final Rules are contained in a final...more

Final REG AB Rules: Man Bites Dog

I am congenitally pessimistic and some have, shockingly, called me cynical. Early last week, while we waited for Reg AB, I would have bet more than a dollar that there would have been a number of things in this final Rule...more

SEC Adopts Final Credit Rating Agency Rules

The SEC adopted new rules and rule amendments (collectively, the “Final Rules”) that impose a range of additional requirements on credit rating agencies registered as nationally recognized statistical rating organizations...more

New Regulation AB II and NRSRO Rules Released

The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) released new Regulation AB II Rules (the “Reg AB Rules”) and regulations relating to credit rating agencies (“the NRSRO Rules”) on August 27, 2014. The Reg AB Rules1 revise...more

SEC Approves Final ABS And NRSRO Rules

On August 27, the SEC adopted revisions to rules governing the disclosure, reporting and offering process for asset-backed securities (ABS) and adopted new requirements for credit rating agencies registered with the SEC to...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Stability Board Publishes Responses to Consultation on Proposed Reforms of the Forex Market - On August 20, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) published responses to its consultation in respect of proposed...more

Securities Litigation Update

The summer may feel like a more leisurely time of year, but not in securities litigation news. Here are some of the more significant headlines...more

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Bank of England Publishes Statement on Enforcement Action Against Lloyds Bank PLC and Bank of Scotland PLC - On July 28, the Bank of England published a statement on Financial Conduct Authority enforcement action...more

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Amendments to Offshore Fund Rules to Reflect Finance Act 2014 AIFM Partnership Tax Changes - Regulations amending the Offshore Funds Regulations 2009 (the 2009 Regulations) to reflect the Finance Act 2014 changes to...more

Stand by for Risk Retention

The Risk Retention Rule Is Coming! The sky may not be falling, but The Risk Retention Rule is Coming at last! Very soon, we hear. ...more

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FMLC Publishes Response on Bail-in Powers - In response to a consultation by HM Treasury, the UK's Financial Markets Law Committee (FMLC) published a letter on June 4 relating to the bail-in powers introduced by the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

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ESMA Reports on Information that Competent Authorities Should Provide to it Under the AIFMD - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), has published a final report of technical advice for the European...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 17, 2014

On March 12, the Honorable Katharine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Fabrice Tourre, a former Goldman Sachs trader convicted of violation of federal securities...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 3, 2014

UCITS 5 Political Agreement Reached - On February 25, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that political agreement has been reached with the Council of the EU on the proposed UCITS V Directive....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 13, 2014

European Parliament Committee Publishes Opinion on Money Laundering Directive 4 - On January 7, the European Parliament published an opinion, written by its Committee on Legal Affairs (or JURI) relating to the...more

SEC Adopts Amendments to Remove Certain NRSRO Credit Rating Related References in Rule 5b-3 under the Investment Company Act and...

On December 27, 2013, the SEC adopted final amendments (“Final Amendments”) to remove certain references to ratings by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (“NRSROs”) (e.g., Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s...more

SEC Issues Report On Examination Of Ratings Agencies

The SEC staff has issued a report on the examinations conducted by the staff under Section 15E(p)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Exchange Act requires the SEC Office of Credit Ratings, or OCR, to conduct an...more

SEC Issues Credit Rating Agency Independence Study – No Changes Necessary

The staff of the Office of Credit Ratings of the SEC has submitted a study under Section 939C of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 4, 2013

The Fed Approves New Fee Schedules - On October 31, the Fed announced new fee schedules, effective January 2, 2014, for payment services the Federal Reserve Banks provide to depository institutions (priced services). ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - September 3, 2013

Joint Proposal on Risk Retention - On August 28, the FDIC, Fed, FHFA, OCC, SEC and HUD issued a notice of revised proposed rulemaking relating to required risk retention by sponsors in securitization transactions. The...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - August 12, 2013

FHFA Input on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Multifamily Businesses - On August 9, the FHFA announced that it is seeking public input on strategies to reduce Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's presence in the multifamily housing...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - June 3, 2013

In This Issue: CFPB Final Rule Amendments to Ability to Repay and QM Rule; Extension of Loan Modification Programs; Freddie Mac $1 Billion Performing Modified Loan Securitization; FinCEN Guidance on Virtual Currency...more

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