The phrase “Lehman fallout” has become almost white noise in the financial world.  Everything and anything has been attributed to the demise of the onetime banking giant.  At the risk of sounding cliché, everything has indeed changed because of the collapse of Lehman.  Apart from the obvious, the failure of Lehman has opened the floodgates to all kinds of scrutiny and the banks have quite understandably reacted to this new regime of regulation and compliance.
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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 domino effect ensued.

Of course, that’s not to say that the industry never thought of what would happen in that unlikely occurrence and the transaction documents do provide for some sort of crisis resolution. Despite the existence of clauses to deal with bankrupt originators, these would prove to be tedious and impractical at best and totally unworkable at worst.
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