Moody’s

Rating Agency Developments

 

On August 16, Moody’s supplemented its approach to rating residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in China. Report.

On August 16, Fitch updated its country ceilings cross-sector criteria report. Report.

On August 16, Fitch updated its criteria for rating sukuk. Report.

On August 15, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for U.S. charter schools. Report.

On August 12, Fitch published its U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) non-performing loans rating criteria. Report.

On August 12, Fitch updated its solid waste revenue bond rating criteria. Report.

On August 11, Fitch updated its criteria for rating currency swap obligations of an SPV in structured finance transactions and covered bonds. Report.

On August 11, Fitch updated its criteria for rating tolled roads, bridges and tunnels. Report.

On August 11, Moody’s updated its approach to rating securities backed by FFELP student loans. Report.

Rating Agency Developments

On August 2, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Moody’s Approach to Rating Securitisations Backed by Non-Performing and Re-Performing Loans.  Report.

On August 1, 2016, S&P issued a report entitled: General: Global Methodology for Rating Retranchings of ABS, CMBS, and RMBS.  Report.

On July 29, 2016, DBRS issued a report entitled: Global Methodology for Rating Banks and Banking Organisations.  Report.

On July 28, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Global Rating Criteria for CLOs and Corporate CDOs.  Report.

On July 28, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch: No Rating Changes from Update to Global LMI Criteria in RMBS.  Report.

Rating Agency Developments

On June 8, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Updates Distressed Debt Exchange Rating Criteria.  Press release.

On June 7, 2016, Moody’s issued a report entitled: Global Property and Casualty Insurers.  Report.

On June 6, 2016, Kroll issued a report entitled: Methodology for Rating Interest-Only Certificates in CMBS Transactions.  Report.

On June 6, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Publishes Rating Criteria for SHFA MBS Pass-Through Bonds.  Press release.

On June 6, 2016, Fitch issued a report entitled: Fitch Publishes The Annual Manual: U.S. Leveraged Finance Primer.  Press release.

On June 2, 2016, S&P issued a report entitled: ABS: North America Railcar Lease-Backed ABS Methodology And Assumptions.  Report.

Federal Appellate Court Reinstates RMBS Action Against Moody’s

On May 2, 2016, the First Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a $5.9B suit brought by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (“FHLBB”), alleging that Moody’s Corp and Moody’s Investor’s Service, Inc. (together, “Moody’s”) knowingly provided false ratings on certain Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities purchased by FHLBB. The case had been dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction by Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. of the District of Massachusetts, who also held that the court could not transfer the case to another federal court where jurisdiction would be proper because 28 U.S.C. §1631 only permitted the transfer of cases dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, rather than personal jurisdiction.

The First Circuit vacated that decision, concluding that the plain language of 28 U.S.C. §1631, the statute’s legislative history, and case law from other Circuits all weighed in favor of a ruling that the statute also permits transfer where the claims at issue were dismissed on either personal or subject matter jurisdiction grounds. Accordingly, the First Circuit remanded the case to the district court to determine whether transfer was “in the interests of justice,” in accord with the statutory requirement for transfer under 28 U.S.C. §1631.  Decision.

Rating Agency Developments

On May 3, 2016, DBRS published its rating methodology for pooled aircraft lease securitizations. Report.

On May 3, 2016, DBRS published its master U.S. ABS surveillance methodology. Report.

On May 3, 2016, S&P published its rating methodology for counterparty instrumentsReport.

On April 29, 2016, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for global title insurers. Report.

On April 29, 2016, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for global reinsurers. Report.

On April 29, 2016, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for financial guarantors. Report.

On April 29, 2016, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for global trade credit insurers. Report.

On April 29, 2016, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for global life insurers. Report.

On April 29, 2016, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for global property and casualty insurers. Report.

On April 29, 2016, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for mortgage insurers. Report.

On April 29, 2016, Moody’s updated its rating methodology for U.S. health insurance companies. Report.

On April 29, 2016, DBRS published its rating methodology for Canadian structured finance transactions. Report.

Rating Agency Developments

On March 30, 2016, Moody’s published its rating methodology for assessing green bonds. Report.

On March 30, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating Canadian structured finance instruments. Report.

On March 30, 2016, DBRS updated and is requesting comment on its methodology for analyzing the credit risk of European RMBS. Report.

On March 30, 2016, DBRS published and is requesting comment on its methodology for analyzing Spanish mortgages. Report.

On March 29, 2016, DBRS published and is requesting comment on its methodology for conducting surveillance on U.S. ABS. Report.

On March 29, 2016, DBRS published and is requesting comment on its operational risk assessment methodology for U.S. ABS servicers. Report.

On March 29, 2016, DBRS published and is requesting comment on its operational risk assessment methodology for U.S. ABS originators. Report.

On March 29, 2016, DBRS published and is requesting comment on its methodology for rating pooled aircraft lease securitizations. Report.

On March 24, 2016, DBRS published its rating methodology for supranational institutions, or multilateral financial institutions (MFIs). Report.

On March 24, 2016, Fitch updated its rating criteria for U.S. auto lease ABS. Press Release.

On March 24, 2016, S&P published its methodology and assumptions for U.S. tobacco settlement securitizations. Report.

Rating Agency Developments

On January 8, 2016, Fitch updated its criteria for rating investment holding companies. Report.

On January 7, 2016, Moody’s updated and replaced its existing methodology for rating banks. Report.

On January 7, 2016, Moody’s published its methodology for rating central counterparty clearing houses (CCPs). Report.