September 12, 2014


Structured Finance

SEC Adopts Final Rules Relating to NRSROs and Third-Party Due Diligence Reports

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Katharine Crost
Alan Knoll
Dora Mao
Dianne Loennig Stoddard
S. Chris Min
Boris Volodarsky


On August 27, 2014, the SEC adopted a number of new rules and amendments designed to improve the quality of credit ratings and increase credit rating agency accountability in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Act.

The newly adopted rules impose new obligations on ABS issuers and underwriters – applicable to both registered public offerings and unregistered exempt offerings – requiring such issuers and underwriters to publicly file any third-party due diligence reports that they obtain and requiring third-party due diligence providers to provide written certifications to each NRSRO that produces a rating related to the due diligence services rendered.

Click here for a summary of the rules and amendments.