Structured Finance In Brief

Updates and Analysis on current structured finance issues, upcoming events and activities of Reed Smith's structured finance group

Looking at the most recent data in the European Banking Authority quarterly Risk Dashboard (published on 5 October 2020), it becomes abundantly clear that COVID-19 is beginning to manifest itself in the NPL market with the cessation of the multi-year declining trend in NPL levels.  The NPL tide has clearly changed, and if you consider the new crop of NPL’s when coupled with those legacy impaired assets stemming from the global financial crisis, it becomes…
Read time: 3 minutes 50 seconds Fourteen years ago this September, I distinctly recall attending a conference hosted by the European CMSA that was focussed on the advent of CRE CDO’s. At the time, the emergence of these structures was seen as an extremely exciting development as it marked a natural progression for the maturing CRE finance market (following the success of the product in the US). Additionally, it showed there was an overriding need…
Whether you are a supporter of using CMBS to finance commercial real estate or not, the simple fact is that it provides an efficient mechanism to transfer commercial real estate loan risk away from the banking sector, whilst at the same time providing much needed transparency to the commercial real estate lending market. In light of these hugely positive attributes, not only will CMBS continue to have a role in financing commercial real estate, but…
Read time: 3 minutes 15 seconds In June 2020, three of the large global rating agencies – Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”), Fitch Ratings (“Fitch”) and S&P Global Ratings (“S&P”) reviewed India’s sovereign credit rating. Interestingly, the agencies diverged in their approaches – Moody’s, which had previously rated India a notch higher than S&P and Fitch, downgraded India to ‘BAA3’ from ‘BAA2’ and retained a negative outlook on the rating; Fitch retained India’s sovereign ‘BBB’ rating,…
Read time: 2 minutes 20 seconds The economic fallout of COVID-19 will be hugely significant for the European CMBS market, as a perfect testing environment has been created to truly examine the resilience and robustness of CMBS 2.0. Indeed, the impact of COVID-19 will be a true litmus test as to whether those structural reforms that emanated from the CREFC guidelines issued in November 2012 (Market Principles for Issuing European CMBS 2.0) and the investor…
Read time: 5 minutes 45 seconds The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to be given new powers to make changes to the methodology of LIBOR for certain “tough legacy” contracts. The UK Government has announced that it intends to bring forward legislation amending the Benchmarks Regulation 2016/1011 as amended by the Benchmarks (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018, which would provide the FCA greater powers in relation to benchmarks (such as LIBOR) recognised as “critical”, in…
Read time: 8 minutes At a glance A large number of legacy non-performing loan exposures (NPLs) continue to subsist on the balance sheets of banks. Portfolios of NPLs tie up huge amounts of regulatory capital which, in turn, limits the amount of capital that banks have available to lend to the real economy. The economic aftershocks of COVID-19 will not only increase the volume of NPL’s but also bring into sharp focus the imperative for…
Read time: 2 minutes 20 seconds Those readers that have followed the meteoric rise of the European non-performing loan (NPL) market from the ashes of the global financial crisis (GFC) will be very aware of the profound impact that COVID-19 has had. In the space of a few weeks a large, burgeoning market that exhibited a waterfall of transactions has been confined to a trickle as deals were pulled or left to stagnate as the…
Read time: 3 minutes 3o seconds Background Although the United Kingdom (UK) left the European Union (EU) at 11pm on 31 January 2020, the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU provide for a transition period until 31 December 2020 (Exit Day). During the transition period, the European Securitisation Regulation (ESR) and any applicable regulatory technical standards (RTS) will continue to apply to UK market participants. After Exit Day, a parallel…
Read time: 3 minutes The COVID-19 pandemic has changed, at least temporarily, all facets of society and has had a truly global impact.  The scale of fatalities and the losses suffered by families are truly tragic.  Whilst the impact of the virus from a medical perspective is starting to become clearer, the economic impact of the pandemic is still largely unknown.  From Europe to Asia and the United States, businesses have been tested to their…