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Debating "Shot Across Bow" to Leveraged Lending Guidance

By Allison Bisbey

A recent challenge to the legality of leverage lending guidance could have broad implications for issuers, underwriters and investors in corporate loans. But the end result could be added complexity, rather than a wholesale easing of restrictions


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Mixed Signals on CFPB Constitutionality from Appeals Court Justices

– Appeals court justices appeared divided on whether the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is constitutional during oral arguments in the PHH v. CFPB case on Wednesday.

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– During testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, Watt warned that to prevent a potential draw on the Treasury Department by the government-sponsored enterprises, he is willing to act unilaterally to rebuild capital at Fannie and Freddie.

President's Words Matter, Even for Student Loan Litigation

– Maintaining a federal class action concerning consumer rights has been historically difficult when there is a pending, competing government action; this could change as a result of President Trump's desire to dismantle the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

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