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The New Politics of Transatlantic Credit Rating Agency Regulation


Chris Brummer


Georgetown University Law Center

Rachel Loko


Independent

November 21, 2012

The Fate of Transnational Financial Regulation, Routledge 2013, Tony Porter, ed., Forthcoming

Abstract:     
In the years immediately leading up to the global financial crisis, and shortly thereafter, scholars envisaged a possible “convergence” of rules relating to the cross-border regulation of credit rating agencies (CRAs). This paper argues, however, that any full harmonization of approaches will be difficult due to varying political and economic realities motivating CRA regulation on both sides of the Atlantic. To demonstrate, this Article traces the regulation of CRAs from the early 1900s in the United States through today’s European debt crisis. It shows that Europe’s incentives to regulate CRAs have grown as its economy has shifted from bank to capital market finance, as globalization internationalized the consequences of what was weak CRA governance in the United States, and as CRA ratings of sovereign debt have come to more directly impact EU officials’ ability to manage responses to the Eurozone crisis. In the wake of these developments, European regulators are poised to adopt measures that may move beyond not only U.S. approaches, but also the consensus expressed in G-20 declarations and the IOSCO Code of Conduct.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: credit rating agencies, SEC, EU, IOSCO, CRA 1, 2 and 3, Dodd-Frank

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Date posted: November 21, 2012 ; Last revised: February 27, 2014

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Brummer, Chris and Loko, Rachel, The New Politics of Transatlantic Credit Rating Agency Regulation (November 21, 2012). The Fate of Transnational Financial Regulation, Routledge 2013, Tony Porter, ed., Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2179239

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Christopher J. Brummer (Contact Author)
Georgetown University Law Center ( email )
Washington, DC 20057
United States
Rachel Loko
Independent ( email )
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