CCH Issues New White Paper: SEC Credit Rating Reforms Differentiate Asset-Backed Securities Products

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., February 6, 2009) – The reform of credit rating agencies is a central component of the overall reform of financial regulation. Credit rating agencies are now seen as having contributed to the current financial crisis when investors lost faith in agencies’ findings following large write-downs of highly-rated mortgage-backed securities.

CCH Principal Securities Law Analyst Jim Hamilton, JD, has authored a new White Paper analyzing the latest SEC rulemaking for this important segment of the securities industry, SEC Credit Rating Reforms Differentiate Asset-Backed Securities Products. CCH is part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a leading provider of research information and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals (

Hamilton details the new requirements for enhanced disclosure of credit ratings performance measurement statistics; increased disclosure of information about the assets underlying structured finance products; requirements for more information about the procedures and methodologies used to determine structured finance ratings; and rules regarding conflicts of interest arising from the structured finance rating process.

Hamilton is a prolific blogger on current issues in the securities field. Jim Hamilton’s World of Securities Regulation can be found at

About Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research products and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals, as well as casebooks and study aids for law students. Its major product lines include Aspen Publishers, CCH, Kluwer Law International and Loislaw. Its markets include law firms, law schools, corporate counsel and professionals requiring legal and compliance information. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, Ill.

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