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CFTC Approves Amendments to Rules on Intermediary Registration and Review of Adverse Actions - On January 9, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved final rules that update Parts 3 and 9...more

Rating Agency Developments

On January 5, Fitch updated its rating criteria for new-issue U.S. and Canadian multiborrower CMBS. Report. On January 9, Fitch finalized its rating criteria for U.S. Not-For-Profit Hospitals. Report....more

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Chairman Giancarlo Statement on Virtual Currencies - On January 4, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman, J. Christopher Giancarlo, issued a statement on virtual currencies. "The CFTC's Market Risk...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 27, 2017 DBRS published an updated rating methodology for Operational Risk Assessment for U.S. ABS Originators. On December 29, 2017 Moody’s published a performance review for Global Structured Finance...more

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CFTC Issues Proposed Interpretation on Virtual Currency "Actual Delivery" in Retail Transactions - On December 15, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") announced a Proposed Interpretation concerning its...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 13, 2017, DBRS published a report entitled: Canadian Surveillance Methodology for CDOs of Large Corporate Credit. On December 12, 2017, Fitch published a report entitled: Exposure Draft: Non-Bank Financial...more

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FRB Requests Public Comment on Proposal to Amend Regulation A - On December 4, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board ("FRB") requested public comment on a proposal to amend Regulation A to make certain technical adjustments,...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 6, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled: Operational Risk Assessments for Canadian Structured Finance. Release. On December 6, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled: Master Canadian Structured Finance Surveillance...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Statement on Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by CME, CFE and Cantor Exchange - On December 1, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") issued a Statement on the Self-Certification of Bitcoin...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 27, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled: Exposure Draft: Government-Related Entities Rating Criteria. Release. On November 27, 2017, Fitch issued a report entitled: Emerging Market Countries’ Local and...more

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Here’s the inside scoop on “Sheltered Harbor,” a “doomsday project” from US banks that they hope will “prevent a run on the financial system should one of them suffer a debilitating cyberattack.” The gargantuan voluntary...more

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FHFA Updates Progress on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Credit Risk Transfer Programs - On November 22, 2017, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA") issued a status report on credit risk transfer transactions done in...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 14, 2017, DBRS published its global methodology for rating finance companies. Release. On November 14, 2017, Fitch updated its U.S. RMBS seasoned, re-performing, and nonperforming loan criteria. Release....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Announces the Formation and First Members of Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee - On November 9, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced the formation and first members of its Fixed...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 8, 2017, Fitch updated its ratings criteria for U.S. grant anticipation revenue vehicles (GARVEE) bonds. Report. On November 8, 2017, DBRS updated its ratings methodology for Canadian Residential Mortgages,...more

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European Commission Inception Impact Assessment on Legislative Proposal for EU Framework on Crowdfunding - On October 30, 2017, the European Commission published an inception impact assessment for a legislative proposal...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 1, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled: Rating Canadian Trade Receivables Securitization Transactions. Report. On November 1, 2017, DBRS issued a report entitled: Rating Canadian Credit Card and Personal Line...more

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The moral of this story is as follows: if Maysayoshi Son says the merger’s off, it’s probably off (regardless of what the rest of the board says). We discussed the will they/won’t they status of the T-Mobile/Sprint deal last...more

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OFR Issues Report Challenging Standard for Identifying Systematically Important Banks - On October 26, 2017, the Office of Financial Research ("OFR"), an arm of the Treasury Department, issued a Report of its Director that...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 25, 2017, Moody’s published an update to its rating methodology for US Stand-Alone Housing Bond Programs Secured by Credit Enhanced Mortgages. Release....more

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CFTC Comparability Determination on EU Margin Requirements and a Common Approach on Trading Venues - On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") announced determinations by the CFTC and the...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 16, 2017, KBRA published a report entitled: Container Leasing ABS Rating Methodology. On October 16, 2017, KBRA published a report entitled: General Rating Methodology for Asset-Backed Securities. ...more

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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

Pros and Cons of Hiring a Security Rating Agency

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One can hardly check out any news outlet today without reading or hearing about a security breach. Experts frequently advocate performing internal assessments to identify security weaknesses. Commentators tout the...more

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France Welcomes Foreign and Alternative Capital Providers with Latest Reform of Finance Sector - Long a cornerstone of the French banking system, the "French banking monopoly" largely prevents non-bank entities from...more

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