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Dodd-Frank

In response to the recent financial crisis, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), which heralded fundamental changes in the U.S. financial regulatory system, including the regulations that impact the securitization industry.
 
Enactment of Dodd-Frank was by no means the end of the story. Congress left it to the regulatory agencies to finalize Dodd-Frank’s requirements through administrative rulemakings. The federal regulators have already unleashed a massive wave of new regulations aimed at addressing weaknesses and failures in the securitization market — and there is more to come.
 
Although the new rules are at various stages of proposal and adoption and the compliance dates are staggered, the rule-making initiatives are already having a significant impact on the securitization market and on the availability of credit to households and businesses.