The SEC recently “re-proposed” for public comment proposed new rules for asset backed securitization eligibility that has come to be known as Reg AB II. These proposed rules suggest changes to the current securitization regulations and cover multiple reforms on everything from asset-level disclosures on both public and private deals, to the role of the rating agencies, to adding a risk retention requirement, and several other steps that would be required for issuers to sell asset backed securities (including CMBS).
The SEC initially proposed these changes back in April 2010. The two major trade groups (the MBA and CREFC) spent the summer of 2010 preparing a regulatory response that was submitted on August 2, 2010.
Since that time, the SEC has stayed basically silent on this issue. The only reports I heard were they wanted to wait until after the risk retention rules are finalized to implement the rest of the securitization changes. In the “re-proposal” the SEC made it clear it was sticking with asset-level disclosures, but they also stated no final decision has been made regarding the specific data elements that will be disclosed.
Responses to the “re-proposed” rules are due to the SEC by October 4, 2011. Both the MBA and CREFC plan to submit responses. However, since the “re-proposal” does not specifically ask many new questions regarding CMBS, both trade groups are basically just re-submitting what they stated last August.
It looks like the risk retention issues will be finalized this fall, and the SEC wants to be ready to release the remaining securitization changes shortly thereafter. The fact that they have “re-proposed” their rules suggests that we may finally get clarity on the SEC’s vision of CMBS 2.0.
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Jim Flaherty is CEO of CMBS.com and the creator of the Backshop loan origination system. He is a trained credit professional with experience installing enterprise underwriting systems for commercial real estate lenders, rating agencies and investors.