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FHFA Further Adjusts Multifamily Lending Caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

 

On August 18, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) announced an additional increase to the 2016 multifamily lending caps for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The caps for both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were raised from $35 billion to $36.5 billion, effective immediately. Press release.

Agencies Finalize Rule Exempting Certain Commercial and Financial End Users from Initial and Variation Margin Requirements

On August 1, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Farm Credit Administration announced a final rule that contains certain exemptions for “certain commercial and financial end users from margin requirements for certain swaps not cleared through a clearinghouse.”  The rule implemented without any changes the interim final rule from November 2015. Press Release. Press Release. Press Release. Press Release.

New York Court Dismisses Repurchase Claims Against UBS as Untimely

On July 27, 2016, Justice Marcy Friedman of the New York Supreme Court for New York County, in accordance with other recent decisions (covered here and here) dismissed an action against UBS Real Estate Securities, Inc.  The case was initially brought by Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”), as conservator of an RMBS certificateholder.  It was then pursued by the trustee after the limitations period expired.  Because FHFA lacked standing to bring claims for breaches of loan-level representations and warranties, the Court held that the trustee’s claims do not “relate back” to the date of FHFA’s initial filing for statute of limitations purposes.  The court will permit briefing on the viability of claims for failure to notify the trustee of alleged breaches of representations and warranties.  Decision.

FHFA Requests Input on Credit Risk Transfer Transactions

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency published a report outlining its perspective on the credit risk transfer programs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as providing an overview of upfront CRT transaction structures. The FHFA also announced that it is seeking input on a number of CRT policy issues and related questions. Input is due no later than August 29, 2016. Report.

The SEC is Seeking Comment on a Joint Agency Proposed Rule Relating to Incentive-based Compensation Arrangements

On May 6, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury (OCC), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued and sought comment on a joint proposed rule to implement section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) relating to the prohibition on and the disclosure of information of incentive-based compensation arrangements.  The deadline for comments is July 22, 2016.  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Comment.

FHFA Increases 2016 Multifamily Lending Caps

On May 4, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it increased its 2016 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $31 billion to $35 billion.  The increase is based on growing estimates of the overall size of the multifamily finance market. Release.

Justice Friedman of the New York Supreme Court Dismisses Two FHFA Repurchase Actions

On April 12, 2016, Justice Marcy Friedman of the New York Supreme Court granted motions to dismiss in two RMBS breach of contract actions filed by FHFA against Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. (“MSAC”) and Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings LLC (“Morgan Stanley”).  In the decisions, he Court dismissed the actions on similar grounds and granted the parties the opportunity to brief claims for failure to notify, in light of the October 13, 2015 First Department’s decision in Nomura Home Equity Loan Inc. Series 2006-FM2 et al. v. Nomura Credit & Capital Inc.

Like Justice Friedman’s ruling last month in ACE Securities v. DB Structured Products, Inc., which we previously covered, the Court held that both actions were not rendered untimely by the Plaintiff’s failure to file repurchase demand condition precedent prior to the filing of the summons with notice.  However, the FHFA, as certificate holder, lacked standing to commence the action and thus the Trustee’s cause of action was untimely because it did not relate back to the FHFA’s summons with notice.  In so holding, the Court rejected the Trustee’s arguments in both cases that the action was timely commenced, and also that the accrual clause in the RMBS extended the statute of limitations, and that the federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, applicable to certain actions brought by FHFA, extended the limitations period.  Finally, the Court also held that no tolling agreements saved Trustee’s claims, and also dismissed the causes of action for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of repurchase obligations, and anticipatory breach. Decision 116. Decision 134.

FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce Independent Dispute Resolution Program

On February 2, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA”) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have implemented an independent dispute resolution process for resolving repurchase disputes.  The process would allow lenders to submit their unresolved loan level disputes to an arbitrator after certain other processes have been exhausted.  Press Release.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Issue New Seller/Servicer Eligibility Requirements

On May 20, the FHFA announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are issuing new finalized operational and financial eligibility requirements for mortgage seller/servicers.  The updated requirements will be communicated through guides, bulletins and announcements and through best practices documents provided by Fannie and Freddie.  The operational requirements become effective no later than September 1, 2015 and the financial requirements become effective December 31, 2015.  ReleaseFannie Mae and Freddie Mac FAQs.