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Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2015 #2

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

Risk Retention: Flash – These Rules Don’t Work!

As we begin to close in on the initial implementation of the Risk Retention Rule, we are looking beyond the headlines and trying to figure out how the Rule will actually work.  The result is troubling....more

EU Risk Retention - Some Good News From Brussels

Following Dechert’s Legal Update published on 14 September 2015, we have had sight of an updated draft of the proposed EU legislation on securitisations. The updated draft shows signs that regulators have taken on board some...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 7, DBRS published a report on it methodology for rating U.S. Timeshare Loan Securitizations....more

Section 546(e) Protects Two Tiered Securitization Structures

What happens when a debtor, whose loan is pooled and securitized, files for bankruptcy? Are payments made to investors recoverable as fraudulent transfers or preferences? Until recently, no published court opinion...more

Payments to Investors in a Securitization Structure Protected from Avoidance

In what appears to be a matter of first impression, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that payments made to investors in a two tiered securitization structure commonly employed in...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 6, Fitch revised its criteria for rating granular corporate balance-sheet securitizations (SME CLOs). On March 5, Moody’s revised its global approach to data quality evaluation. On March 3, Kroll released CMBS...more

Agencies Issue Tool for Calculating Capital Requirements for Securitization Exposures

On February 11, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued an automated tool to help national banks and...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - February 2015 #3

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Regulatory Capital Tool for Securitization Exposures - European Banking Authority Reports on Implications of Regulatory Reforms for...more

A Challenge to the New Congress: Pass Housing Finance Reform

Over six years ago, when the federal government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship, experts from public, private, and academic worlds concurred: housing finance in the United States was mortally flawed....more

Privacy Concerns and the Proposed Reg AB II Revisions Relating to Asset Level Data

In February 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) once again re-opened the comment period with respect to proposed revisions to Regulation AB relating to the disclosure of asset-level data after receiving many...more

FHFA Director Outlines Strategic Plan

On May 13, FHFA Director Mel Watt presented a new strategic plan for the FHFA under his direction, which will focus on fulfilling the FHFA’s obligations under current law, and will shift away from efforts to position the...more

Electric Utility Securitizations

Traditional utility securitizations, enabled by statute in approximately 17 states, have been used numerous times over the past 16 years to recover “stranded costs” resulting from deregulation, and environmental/pollution...more

The Volcker Rule’s Impact On Banking Entities’ Ownership And Sponsorship Of Structured Finance And Securitization Transactions

On December 10, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity...more

Bankruptcy remoteness – a remote prospect?

Lawyers and investment bankers involved in setting up structured products such as asset backed commercial paper, CDOs, CMBS and CLOs often strive to achieve “bankruptcy remoteness” for the vehicle issuing the product...more

Basel Committee’s Proposed Revisions to the Securitization Framework

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the “Basel Committee”) published a consultative document, “Revisions to the Basel Securitisation Framework” (the “Proposed Revisions”) on December 18, 2012, which proposes...more

The CFTC’s Further No-Action Relief for Operators of Securitization Vehicles that May Constitute Commodity Pools

In a letter dated March 29, 2013 (the “March 29 Letter”), the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”), extended by three months, but subject...more

CFTC No-Action Relief for Commodity Pools

On April 2, the CFTC issued a time limited no-action letter that extended the deadline for compliance with reporting for commodity pool operators of securitization vehicles from March 31 until June 30....more

Bank of America Discloses NYAG Investigation and SEC Inquiry into RMBS Practices

In its February 28, 2013 Form 10-K filed with the SEC, Bank of America disclosed that it is under investigation by the New York Attorney General over its purchase, securitization and underwriting of home loans and RMBS....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 22, 1013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Final Rule on Mortgage Servicing Standards - Joint Rule on Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans - CFPB Final Rule on Written Appraisals - SEC...more

Further Exclusions From Commodity Pool Regulation for Certain Securitization Vehicles; No-Action Relief for Certain Securitization...

I. Introduction - A. Issues Covered in the No-Action Letter - On December 7, 2012, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) issued a...more

CFTC Classifies Certain Securitization Vehicles as Not Being Commodity Pools

Recent changes to the commodity pool regulations under the Commodity Exchange Act (the “CEA”) may subject certain securitization transactions and their managers to regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the...more

CFTC No-Action Relief for Securitizations from Commodity Pool Operator Registration

On December 7, the CFTC provided guidance to securitization vehicles on whether they may be excluded from the definition of commodity pool....more

CFTC Issues Broad Securitization Industry Relief on Commodity Pool Regulation

On Friday, December 7, 2012, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), through its Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division), issued a letter which provides broad relief for certain segments of...more

The CFTC’s Interpretive Letters Regarding Securitizations, REITs and the Definition of “Commodity Pool”

In two interpretive letters issued on October 11, 2012 (collectively, the “Interpretive Letters”), the Division of Swap Dealers and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the...more

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