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ESMA clarifies timelines for publication of credit ratings and rating outlooks

Credit rating agencies (‘CRAs’) that operate in the EU will be interested to hear that on 30 March 2017, ESMA published an update to its Questions & Answers (Q&A) on the ‘CRA’ Regulation (Regulation 1060/2009, as amended in 2011 and 2013).  The CRA Regulation requires CRAs within the EU to be registered and to comply … Continue Reading

Just when you thought Deco-ast was clear for special servicer replacements

If you thought the wrangling over special servicer replacements was over following Richard Snowden QC’s judgment in US Bank v Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP) plc in April last year, think again. Ever since Fitch issued their press release confirming that as a matter of policy it would not provide rating agency confirmations (RACs) in relation to 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

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

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

Loan-level data – implications

European Central Bank and Bank of England liquidity schemes require that loan-level data be disclosed on a regular basis (no less than quarterly) with respect to asset-backed securities which are to be used as collateral.  On 27 November the ECB announced that it would postpone the introduction of mandatory loan-level data reporting requirements to 3 … Continue Reading

CRA III in final form? Should we be very afraid or just afraid?

According to the preamble, the European Credit Rating Agency Regulation ((EC) No 1060/2009) is intended to mitigate possible conflicts of interest and ensure high quality and sufficient transparency of ratings and the rating process.  The Council of Europe has recently published what may be the final form of the second amendment to the rating agency … Continue Reading
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