Elizabeth Williams

Associate

New York


Read full biography at www.orrick.com

Elizabeth Williams, an associate in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group. Elizabeth represents a variety of market participants, including sponsors, issuers and underwriters, in public and private offerings of various asset-backed securities.

Elizabeth has experience with a number of different asset classes, including credit card receivables, auto loan receivables, municipal bonds and commercial mortgages.

Elizabeth was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2017.

Posts by: Elizabeth Williams

Federal Reserve Extends Termination Date of Main Street Lending Program to January 8, 2021

 

On December 29, the Federal Reserve announced it would extend the termination date of Main Street Lending program facilities to January 8, 2021. The extension will allow additional time for lenders to process and fund loans that were submitted to the Main Street lender portal on or before December 14, 2020. Release.

CFTC Approves Final Rule Exempting Certain Swaps from Swap-Clearing Requirements

 

On November 2, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved a final rule exempting swaps entered into by certain financial institutions from the CFTC’s swap-clearing requirement under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). The exemption applies to swaps entered into by certain central banks, sovereign entities, international financial institutions, bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies and community development financial institutions. Release.

CFTC Issues New Exemptions for Certain Foreign Futures and Options Markets

 

On November 2, the CFTC issued multiple orders as part of its Part 30 exemptive program, which allows for increased access to foreign futures and options markets where foreign intermediaries are subject to comparable customer protection standards. The orders were issued with respect to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the National Stock Exchange International Financial Service Centre Limited, the Montreal Exchange, NZX Limited and UBS AG. Release.

SEC Amends Rules Governing Exempt Offerings

 

On November 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amended its rules governing exempt offerings. The amendments intend to harmonize the “patchwork” framework currently in place that governs exempt offerings. Among other things, the amendments increase the offering limits for Regulation A, Regulation Crowdfunding and Rule 504 offerings, revise certain individual investment limits, and set clear and consistent rules regarding certain offering communications. Release.

SEC Adopts New Rules Governing Funds’ Use of Derivatives

 

On November 2, the SEC adopted final rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act. The new rule intends to update the regulation of funds’ use of derivatives. Under the new framework, funds using derivatives will generally have to adopt a derivatives risk-management program administered by a derivatives risk manager and comply with an outer limit on fund leverage risk based on certain calculations. Final Rule.

Federal Reserve Board Adjusts Main Street Lending Program to Better Support Small Businesses

 

On October 30, the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) announced adjustments to the Main Street Lending Program in an effort to better support smaller businesses. The changes include reducing the minimum required loan size to $100,000 from $250,000 and adjusting the fees to encourage eligible lenders to provide these smaller loans. Release.

CFPB Amends Records and Information Disclosure Requirements

 

On October 29, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule amending its disclosure of records and information regulation. The new rule intends to increase protection of confidential information and improve clarity and transparency with agency partners and others. Final Rule.

Rating Agency Developments (September 3 – September 16)

 

On September 16, DBRS Morningstar released an updated methodology titled Rating U.S. Wholesale Securitizations. Methodology.

On September 16, KBRA released a research report titled Global ABS Conference Recap: Day One. Report.

On September 15, KBRA released a research report titled Structured Finance: Virtual Conference: Credit & COVID-19 – Is the Worst Behind Us? Report.

On September 11, DBRS Morningstar released an updated methodology titled Third-Party Due-Diligence Criteria for U.S. RMBS Transactions. Methodology.

On September 11, KBRA released a research report titled RMBS Credit Indices: August 2020. Report.

On September 3, DBRS Morningstar released a report titled Rating European Consumer and Commercial Asset-Backed Securitizations. Methodology.

HUD Announces Flexibilities for CARES Act’s Emergency Solutions Grant Program

 

On September 9, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced additional requirements and flexibilities for $3.96 billion in emergency solutions grants provided to states and units of local government under the CARES Act. These flexibilities allow for additional eligible activities for which the recipients can use the funds and also extends the obligation deadline for the recipients. Release.

NY Fed Announces New CMBS Counterparties for 13(3) Facilities

 

On September 9, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced the first wave of new counterparties selected as part of the expansion program announced earlier in September. Widening the eligibility criteria for agency CMBS counterparties is intended to increase the operational capacity and reach of agency CMBS purchases. Two firms were selected to support the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF). Seven additional firms were selected to support the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF). The application process is open and ongoing and the New York Fed has announced its intention to name additional counterparties and agents, as applicable, for the CPFF, SMCCF and Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility in the coming weeks. Release.