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Control and Responsibility of Credit Rating Agencies in the United States


Arthur R. Pinto


Brooklyn Law School

October 7, 2008

American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 54, 2006
Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 119

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The article was a report prepared on credit rating agencies as the US National Report for XVIIth Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Credit rating agencies are considered one of the outside "gatekeepers" who act as reputational intermediaries by evaluating issuers in order to protect outside investors. Their failure to reflect the financial condition of troubled issuers like Enron and Worldcom raised issues about their roles and regulation of these agencies in the United States. The article discusses those issues. The paper was published prior to the Credit Rating Agency Reform Act of 2006.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 21

Keywords: Credit Rating Agency, gatekeepers, NRSRO, Securities and Exchange Commission

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Date posted: October 8, 2008  

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Pinto, Arthur R., Control and Responsibility of Credit Rating Agencies in the United States (October 7, 2008). American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 54, 2006; Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 119. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1280322

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