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STOP PRESS – CMBS IS TRENDY

Following the onset of the financial crisis in 2007, any mention of ‘commercial mortgage backed securities’ or ‘CMBS’ was regarded as a dirty word and at one point the term was destined to face certain extinction.  Seven years on, several issuances later and following a prolonged upswing in financial market sentiment, not only is the … 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

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

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

Victoria Funding (EMC-III) PLC: (I can’t get no) Satisfaction

Another day, another CMBS transaction declares an insolvency related event of default (after the REC6 default), this time based on the ‘balance sheet’ event of default. The notice posted by the issuer clearly states that after the sale of property securing the Brisk loan, the issuer will not have sufficient assets to repay the Class D Notes … Continue Reading

Playing with New Toys: How investor guidelines are shaping new CMBS transactions

Last week’s new Debussy DTC/Toys’R’Us CMBS transaction , which we were happily involved in, has sparked media attention as a sign of recovery of investors’ faith in the European securitisation markets. It also demonstrated investor demands to address some of the structural issues that had arisen in the original Vanwall securitisation as well as other … Continue Reading

Irish Stock Exchange announcements – Its all change at the Exchange!

Those issuers, corporate services providers, collateral managers, servicers and special servicers that regularly submit debt announcements on the Irish Stock Exchange will know how straightforward and quick it is to submit.  For those that don’t, at present this process involves simply sending a copy of the notice or announcement to the email address announcements@ise.ie and the … Continue Reading

From Finance 101 to CMBS 2.0

It’s been a year since I joined the structured finance team. I can’t believe it went by so fast. A year of learning and moving forward. Downgrades, liquidity drawings and agent replacements in the summer, noteholder meetings in autumn, covered bonds and refinancing of old CMBS deals in the new year. Inevitably, this one year … Continue Reading

LORDS 1 – ON A WING AND A PRAYER

In December 2012, Reed Smith’s Structured Finance Team completed the consensual restructuring of £362,452,000 of outstanding debt owed by the London & Regional Group (the property company of billionaires Ian and Richard Livingstone).  As the managing associate on the team that advised London & Regional in various capacities (including Issuer and Borrower), I thought it would … Continue Reading

What the Fitch??!

As some of you may have seen, Fitch helpfully issued a press release last week clarifying its position on providing rating agency confirmations (RACs) during the replacement of special servicers on EMEA CMBS transactions. Rather unhelpfully, however, the release stated they would not be providing any such RACs in the future. This policy, of course, … 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
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