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August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Moody’s Seeks Dismissal of Whistleblower FCA Claim, NY Court Reverses Ruling in Favor of MBS Trustee

Moody’s Investors Service has asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to dismiss the remaining claim in a lawsuit alleging manipulation of credit ratings leading up to the financial crisis. In its motion to dismiss, Moody’s said that plaintiff Ilya Eric Kolchinksy’s second amended complaint fails to show that the rating agency used its electronic “ratings delivery service” to issue false ratings on MBS that later turned bad. In 2012, Kolchinsky, a former managing director at Moody’s, filed...

August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Credit Suisse Sells $800 Million in Securities Backed By Warehouse Facility on Agency-Eligible Mortgages

Credit Suisse sold two warehouse facility-backed securities this week totaling $800.0 million, according to Moody’s Investors Service. The rating service placed A2 ratings on the Mortgage Repurchase Agreement Financing Trust Series 2016-1 and Series 2016-2 transactions. Much like a warehouse facility security issued by Jefferies in May, Moody’s said the MRAFT securities are structured with two legs of “back to back” repurchase agreements. The first leg consists...

August 26, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Law Firms Publish Joint Paper on CMBS Risk-Retention; First Compliant Deal Closes

In a somewhat uncommon occurrence, four law firms published a position paper late last week aimed at helping industry participants comply with pending risk-retention requirements for new commercial MBS. The paper was written by attorneys at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; Dechert; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and Sidley Austin. “The paper was authored...

August 22, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

New Requirements in NY Pose Challenges for Servicers

New legal requirements enacted in the state of New York in the wake of the financial crisis pose particular compliance challenges for mortgage servicers, according to a new report by analysts at S&P Global Ratings. The S&P team recently reviewed a series of laws the state legislature passed in June that attempts to address several issues related to “zombie” foreclosures, which refers to the phenomenon of a servicer initiating foreclosure on a vacant property but not going so far as to actually take title. Urban community activists complain such properties languish unsold for a prolonged period of time, contributing to neighborhood blight in communities least able to handle it – hence, state lawmakers decided to act. One resulting requirement “imposes conditions ...

August 19, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Fitch Sets Rating Cap at ‘A’ for MBS Backed by NPLs, Establishes Standards to Protect Investors

Fitch Ratings released criteria for rating MBS backed by nonperforming loans late last week, saying it will cap ratings for such deals at “A” due to “the idiosyncratic and adverse-selection risk.” As mortgage performance has improved in recent years, issuance of MBS backed solely by nonperforming loans has been limited. However, Fitch said it considers a transaction as an NPL issuance if more than 10.0 percent of the collateral is 60+ days delinquent at the time of issuance. The rating service will require such MBS to meet a number of standards to receive a low investment-grade rating of “A” or “BBB,” including a sequential-pay structure and application of available funds to pay interest to the rated notes. “Absent these structural ...


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