third-party due diligence providers

SEC Proposed Rules on Credit Ratings

On May 18, pursuant to Section 932 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC proposed rules for credit ratings, NRSROs, and third-party due diligence providers for ABS. NRSROs would be required to: (i) report on internal controls; (ii) protect against conflicts of interest; (iii) establish professional standards for credit analysts; (iv) publicly provide disclosure concerning specific credit ratings and the methodology used; and (v) enhance public disclosure on the performance of credit ratings. The proposed rules would also require a third-party due diligence provider to provide a public written certification to any NRSRO that rates the ABS. Comments must be submitted within 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. SEC Release. SEC Proposed Rule.