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The Class X Factor: It’s a NO from the Chancellor

It’s not been a good month for Class X Noteholders. Following the judgment in the Windermere VII case (see our commentary here) in which Snowden J found against the Class X Noteholder, the Chancellor of the High Court, Etherton J, in Titan Europe 2006-1 P.L.C. and others [2016] EWHC 969 (Ch) similarly rejected the arguments … Continue Reading

Moving out of the dog house? The case for easing punitive capital requirements on securitisations

Eight years on from the credit crisis, the drive to rehabilitate securitisation continues. The most recent body to speak up for the increasingly regulated structures is the European Banking Authority, which last month published an Opinion and an accompanying Report on the establishment of a European framework for qualifying securitisations for the purposes of determining favorable regulatory … Continue Reading

CHAPS and CREST settlement days to be extended in summer 2016

I bring good news from the Bank of England. Whether you have been up all night trying to close a £1 billion securities transaction for your client, or you are buying a house and there’s a last minute snag, the deadline for settling securities transactions and making high-value cash transfers is due to be extended … Continue Reading

Mini-bonds – So good things come in small packages?

This may be a slightly odd question with which to start a legal blog post, but do you like burritos, wine, or chocolate? Who doesn’t, right? If only there was a way of making money off your addiction to tasty Mexican treats or decadent Swiss truffles? Well, as it turns out, there might be… Mini-bonds have become … Continue Reading

The Capital Markets Union – a great race?

The Investment Plan, developed by the European Commission, has the potential to be one of the most important and radical changes to how the European Union operates in the last 25 years.  Not only will it seek to harmonise the financial and regulatory barriers to investment, but it will look to harness the collective power of … Continue Reading

The issue of sanctions

Much has been written regarding the recent EU and US sanctions targeting the Russian capital markets, military and oil sectors (our own commentary can be found here) and the broad nature of the sanctions has, it would seem, produced some (probably) unintended consequences when applied to the mechanics of day to day capital markets operations.  … Continue Reading

Clash of the Titan 2007-1 (Part III): Controversy Thunders On

Previously in Clash of the Titan 2007-1: Zeus has spoken, we took a brief look at the judgment delivered by Richard Snowden QC.  Another interesting aspect of the case which is beginning to generate commentary is that one of the other pre-conditions to the replacement of the Special Servicer is that the successor Special Servicer … Continue Reading

Clash of the Titan 2007-1 (Part II): Zeus has spoken

Well, maybe not Zeus but Richard Snowden QC no less.  On Valentine’s Day this year, we published our blog entitled “Clash of the Titan 2007-1”. Now that the red roses have wilted, the champagne drunk and the chocolates eaten, let us take a look at what the first instance decision in Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP) … Continue Reading

Back(loading) to the Future – the Nuances of EMIR Transaction Reporting Requirements

It’s been barely six weeks since the EMIR trade reporting obligations came into effect on 12 February and, as the regulatory dust begins to settle, parties to derivative transactions are still in the process of assessing their duties under the new regime.  In the lead up to the February deadline, bank and securities firms were … Continue Reading

NPLs – Car Boot Sale!

Time for a spring clean? Institutions holding non-performing loans (“NPLs”) have been and continue to be, under increasing pressure to divest these and “clean up” their balance sheets in order to free up capital, de-risk and preserve market reputation. Usually, a loan facility becomes non-performing when either payments of principal and interest are past due … Continue Reading

Clash of the Titan 2007-1

So it’s been just over a year since Fitch issued their press release confirming that as a matter of policy it would not provide rating agency confirmations (RACs) during the replacement of special servicers on EMEA CMBS transactions and indeed, just over a year since our last blog on the matter, entitled “What the Fitch??!”. At … Continue Reading

Indian Bond Defaults and Bond Restructurings: More Scheming Ahead?

With yet another foreign convertible bond default hitting our desk, we cannot help but wonder what the future has in store for Asian convertible bonds and debt capital markets restructurings.  This is particularly relevant when you consider that Indian companies and banks issued foreign currency bonds aggregating up to approximately $6.3 billion in the first quarter … Continue Reading

You Don’t Need EMIRacle – Trade Reporting for SPVs Made Easy

EMIR’s trade reporting obligations come into effect on 12 February and counterparties to derivative transactions are currently scrambling to ensure they have all the appropriate systems in place to ensure compliance. For large financial institutions, this has already involved many months of hard work and, even still, many are not optimistic about meeting next month’s … Continue Reading

Sunshine backed bonds – time to look on the sunny side?

So called ‘sunshine backed bonds’ are one of the newest and most exciting asset classes to enter the asset-backed securities market since the financial crisis. The resurgence of the market has led to a number of esoteric ABS issuances in recent months but it was solar energy that seemed most ripe for applying securitisation techniques … Continue Reading

Hellenic Capital Market Commission – New Emergency Prohibition under the EU Short Selling Regulation

On 28 January the competent authority for supervising securities in Greece, the Hellenic Capital Market Commission (HCMC), made use of its powers of intervention in exceptional circumstances and decided to introduce yet another emergency measure under Article 20 of Regulation No 236/2012, also known as the EU Short Selling Regulation. As defined in the Regulation, short … Continue Reading

May we sell your services please?

There are two points that must be made in order to get you from where this idea started to where it is today and why we believe we are in a great position to put this project into practice.  It is not as though I will know if you skip the next two paragraphs to … Continue Reading

The Liquidity Eclipse

As was common at the time of the inception of the transaction, Danske Bank A/S (Danske) had provided a liquidity facility (LF) on a commercial mortgage-backed securitisation issued by the issuer, Gemini (Eclipse 2006-3) plc (Gemini).  Due to the subsequent plethora of downgrades that have followed the financial crisis (from which the liquidity facility provider … Continue Reading

Lehman Car Crash

I suspect I may have been alone amongst viewers of the recent Singapore Grand Prix in that, rather than marvelling at the brilliance of Sebastian Vettel’s driving skills, my thoughts instead were on the world’s largest bankruptcy – Lehman Brothers. For those who have not been living and breathing the consequences of the financial sector’s … Continue Reading

The EU Prospectus Directive Regime – Winds of Change

Further to proposals by the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), the Prospectus Directive regime in Europe, particularly the requirements in relation to the form of prospectuses, transaction summaries, final terms and supplements have undergone some major changes. These changes have been brought about by amending the Prospectus Directive and the Commission Regulation (EC) No … Continue Reading

Practical implications of insolvent originators

Just a few blissful years ago, one would never think of originators getting wound up or sellers being liquidated. In the world of structured finance, the possibilities of that doomsday scenario were remote, unthinkable and above all, no one wanted to discuss its potential occurrence. That changed with the Lehman collapse and with that, a … Continue Reading

Winding up securitisation issuers: who pays?

Following the boom years of securitisation origination and the well documented post-Lehman troubles securitisation transactions are now coming to the end of their life cycles as assets default, are re-financed or bought back by originators. However, there are typically numerous legal and accounting costs – and possibly taxes – associated with unwinding a securitisation such … Continue Reading
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