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SEC Proposes Rules to Implement FAST Act Mandate to Modernize and Simplify Disclosure - On October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments "to modernize and simplify disclosure...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFPB Issues Final Rule Temporarily Raising Reporting Threshold for Home Equity Loans Under Home Mortgage Act Rules - On August 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") issued a new rule that amends...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 31, 2017, S&P published its methodology for rating U.S. Credit Card Securitizations. On August 31, 2017, S&P published a Table of Contents to its Structured Finance Criteria. ...more

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

by Hogan Lovells on

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

European Commission Reports on Reporting Obligations under the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation 

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission published a report on reporting obligations under the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation. The Report reviewed references to external credit ratings in EU legislation and in private contracts among...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Publish Study on Banking Activities and Investments under Dodd-Frank - On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFTC Announces Measures to Enhance Protection of Customer Funds - On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced three separate enhancements...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 10, 2016, KBRA published its rating methodology for global closed-end fund securities issuances. On August 10, 2016, KBRA published its rating methodology for global investment funds. On August 10, 2016,...more

Rating Agency Developments

On August 2, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Moody’s Approach to Rating Securitisations Backed by Non-Performing and Re-Performing Loans. On August 1, 2016, S&P issued a report entitled: General: Global...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

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

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

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

Rating Agency Developments

On June 1, DBRS released its RMBS Insight 1.2: U.S. Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Model and Rating Methodology. On June 1, Fitch released its U.S. RMBS Surveillance and Re-REMIC Criteria. On June 1, Moody’s issued...more

Rating Agency Developments

On April 7, DBRS released its Cash Flow Assumptions for Corporate Credit Securitizations Methodology. On April 7, DBRS released its Rating CLOs and CDOs of Large Corporate Credit Methodology. On April 7, Fitch released its...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 25, S&P released its updated criteria for rating government-related entities. On March 25, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) in Asia-Pacific (APAC), including...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

Monetizing Real Estate: A Method to Access Capital

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The financial situation for hospitals and health care organizations remains challenging. The accrediting agencies, Moody’s, Fitch, and S&P all have negative outlooks for the hospital industry. Hospitals are facing numerous...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Final Draft RTS for Central Clearing of Interest Rate Swaps under EMIR - On October 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a report containing final draft regulatory technical standards...more

Rating Agency Developments

On July 24, S&P issued a request for comment on changes to methodology and assumptions for assessing Japanese RMBS. On July 24, Fitch issued Asia-Pacific Consumer ABS ratings criteria. On July 24, Fitch issued...more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 13, Moody’s announced that its private student loan default rate index will continue to decline. On June 13, Fitch announced that it has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and...more

Chilean Pension Funds Market Officially Open for Business for Irish UCITS.

by Dechert LLP on

Following Dechert’s series of reports in relation to the Chilean pension funds market and its accessibility to Irish UCITS, see Dechert OnPoint - Moody’s Upgrade Points to Reopening of the Chilean Pension Market to Irish...more

Rating Agency Developments - January 28, 2014

On January 23, Fitch released its criteria for analyzing interest rate stresses in structured finance transactions and covered bonds. On January 22, DBRS released its methodology for rating wind power projects. On January 22,...more

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