Almost a month ago, the SEC surprised many people by including a vote on the final Reg AB II rules on its February 5 meeting agenda. In a highly unusual move, the SEC then removed the vote from the meeting agenda on February 3, two days before the vote was to take place. This left many to speculate as to the reason the vote was cancelled and what internal politics were taking place at the SEC. Was the vote not supposed to be on the agenda in the first place? Continue Reading
In between record snowfall and ice storms here in Philadelphia, a number of Dechert attorneys went down to sunny Orlando Florida for the MBA CREF 2014 Conference.
Regulation AB is big. Reg AB governs, among other things, the condition for shelf registration. The SEC is fixing to do something significant to Reg AB; we’re just not sure what. Continue Reading
In our previous post we discussed some of the structural challenges and opportunities facing CLO market participants since the Final Rule was released in December. Today we tackle the age old question, “what is an ownership interest”. The question is important because the tentacles of Volcker’s provisions prohibit banking entities from holding ownership interests in covered funds. We will also briefly summarize a few other restrictions related to CLO transactions brought about by the Final Rule.
Befitting the holiday season the regulators recently decided to bestow upon us all the much anticipated (dreaded?) Volcker Rule. At 1100 pages of truly riveting reading material, Volcker has certainly given all of us plenty to wade through during these recent cold winter weeks and much to the surprise of the structured credit industry there were material provisions sprinkled throughout the 1100 pages that significantly affected the collateralized loan obligation market.
I have been mulling our 2014 Outlook for some time and decided to wait until after the New Year and CREFC to write. Just in case we got the whole Mayan calendar end of the world story wrong by a year (hey, it was 5000 years old) which would make the whole prediction thing a bit irrelevant, I elected to wait and possibly save me some work. But we’re still here and settling into 2014. It’s time. Continue Reading
Over the course of three days during the second week of January, a record turn-out of over 1500 industry insiders attended CREFC’s January 2014 Conference at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. On Monday night, over 500 clients found their way to Dechert’s party at the SLS Hotel to celebrate a fantastic 2013 and what most attendees think will be an even better 2014. The record attendance at the Conference and Dechert’s reception demonstrated the feeling among most attendees that the market will continue an upswing through 2014.
Although the highlight for many at the conference was Billy Bean’s standing-room only keynote address, all of the panels and seminars were extremely well attended and offered the usual insightful and entertaining commentary on the state of the industry. It was hard to find many shadows lurking around the general feeling of optimism and exuberance for 2014, but a few general trends did emerge during the conference: Continue Reading
It’s January and with that brings New Year’s resolutions, the NFL playoffs, college football bowl games (although the best game this season was watching Auburn beat Alabama with a 109 yard field goal return), and, of course, the annual CREFC conference in South Beach. This year’s line-up doesn’t disappoint, with panels titled "Best Investment Ideas: High Yield, Investment Grade, Direct Property", "Balance Sheet Lenders: Buy and Hope?", "Choosing a Lender: Just Hooking Up or A Long Term Commitment?", and "Capital Market Lenders: Buy or Goodbye?".
It’s the Christmas season and this week we got the Volcker Rule. How seasonably appropriate! Now, I get the whole Christmas trade. You’re good, you get toys; bad, coal in the stocking. But this is bad in a regifted, four-year-old fruit cake sort of way. My desk now groans under the 1100 pages of Volcker whilst I’m trying to gin up some Christmas cheer – it’s not fair. We at Dechert will be sending out a more thoughtful analysis of the Rule by way of Dechert OnPoints, with more to come as the digesting process continues.
Dow at 16,000, government up and running and the first Single-Family Rental deal now safely in investors’ hands – we are in pretty good shape. As is our tradition here at Crunchedcredit.com, we present to you our nod to the stories and happenings that struck us as amusing or important. (Or both). (Or neither).