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The Trustees will have until
- Payment by JPMorgan of
$4.5 billionin cash to the Trusts to settle mortgage repurchase and servicing claims;
- Implementation of certain servicing changes to mortgage loans in the Trusts, described in greater detail below;
- Reimbursement to the Trustees of expenses associated with their evaluation of the Offer;
- A release of all repurchase and servicing claims that have been or could have been asserted by the 330 Trusts; and,
- Continuation of a previously agreed tolling and forbearance agreement among JPMorgan and the Trustees to permit the Trustees to evaluate the proposed settlement.
USAInvestment Management, LLC Bayerische Landesbank BlackRock Financial Management Inc. Cascade Investment, L.L.C.
- Federal Home Loan Bank of
- Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation
- Federal National Mortgage Association
Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. ING Investment Management Co. LLC ING Investment Management LLC Invesco Advisers, Inc. Kore Advisors, L.P.
- Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Pacific Investment Management Company LLC Sealink Funding Limited Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America The Prudential Insurance Company of America The TCW Group, Inc.
- Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Western Asset Management Company
Pursuant to the agreement, the
Q: Who are the parties to the settlement?
A: JPMorgan has made a binding Offer to the RMBS Trustees of all of the RMBS Trusts listed on Exhibit "A." The Trustees who have received the offer are: Bank of New York Mellon,
Q: What Trusts are involved in the proposed settlement?
A: There are 330 Trusts involved in the settlement. They are listed on Exhibit "A."
Q: Who are the parties to the tolling and forbearance agreement? When was it signed?
A: JPMorgan entered into the tolling and forbearance agreement with the RMBS Trustees as of
Q: What was the role of the 21
Q: Will the
A: No, they will not. Upon the latter of the Trustees' Acceptance or Final Court Approval, the Settlement Payment will be allocated by the Trustees' expert among the RMBS Trusts based on each Trust's then current and future expected collateral losses.
Q: Will individual investors' securities claims be released in this settlement?
A: No, they will not. The settlement pertains only to the Trusts' repurchase and servicing claims. The Offer states specifically that, "The releases and waivers in Article III do not include any direct individual claims for securities fraud or other alleged disclosure violations ("Disclosure Claims") that an Investor may seek to assert based upon such Investor's purchase or sale of Securities." JPMorgan has reserved the right to assert that any payment made or benefit conferred under the settlement constitutes an offset or credit against or a reduction in the gross amount of an Investor's Disclosure Claim damages.
Q: Will third-party mortgage originators not affiliated with JPMorgan be released from repurchase obligations?
A: No. The Offer is limited to these 330 Trusts. The only parties whose liability to the Trusts will be released if the Offer is accepted are JPMorgan and its affiliates. If the Trusts hold repurchase claims against other parties, those claims are not released under this Offer.
Q: Are any Washington Mutual Trusts included in the Offer?
A: No. Trusts issued by
Q: What are the changes in mortgage servicing for mortgage loans in the Trusts that will be implemented as a result of the settlement?
A: The agreement requires several changes in mortgage servicing of the mortgage loans in the Trusts. These changes include:
- An agreement to transfer certain high-risk loans owned by the Trusts to qualified subservicers, at JPMorgan's expense, for specialized servicing to achieve the twin goals of improving responsiveness to troubled borrowers and reducing loss severities in the Trusts;
Benchmarkingloan servicing by the subservicers against defined industry standards for default-servicing timelines;
- Confirming that principal modifications, though authorized by the applicable governing agreements, may not reduce principal below 115% of LTV, as determined by an independent broker price opinion;
- Prohibiting the use of affiliated vendors to perform improvements on real property held as REO;
- Where permitted by law, establishing minimum bid requirements for foreclosure sales to create incentives for third party acquisitions and reduce REO holding periods;
- Implementing a stop advance protocol that, while preserving lien preservation advances, may reduce loss severities by ending excessive advances of principal and interest that exceed a set of agreed valuation thresholds; and,
- Implementing an independent performance monitor for subservicers, and self-reporting requirements by JPMorgan, to create greater transparency regarding servicing performance and compliance with the subservicing protocol.
Q: How will the Trustees assess whether to accept the Settlement?
A: The Trustees will have sixty days to conduct a reasonable investigation of the Settlement and its terms. They may request a sixty day extension of this evaluation period under the terms of the Agreement.
The Trustees may request documents or other information from JPMorgan to conduct such diligence, may retain experts to assist them, and may conduct such other due diligence as they deem necessary to inform themselves concerning the Settlement. JPMorgan has agreed to use its commercially reasonable efforts to provide the Trustees promptly with the documents they reasonably require for their due diligence.
Q: Will the Trusts pay the costs of the Trustees' evaluation of the Settlement?
A: No. Pursuant to the Offer, JPMorgan will pay all reasonable and non-duplicative costs, fees and expenses the Trustees incur to evaluate the Settlement, the claims it resolves, and its terms. This payment will be on top of, not out of, the
Q: When and how will the settlement payment be distributed?
A: The settlement payment will be distributed pursuant to a formula based on each accepting Trust's percentage share of total realized and unrealized losses. The timing of payment is not certain, as it depends upon a number of factors including: a) whether the Trustees accept the settlement, b) whether the Trustees elect to seek a judicial instruction concerning their decision to accept the settlement, and c) whether Final Court Approval, if sought, is granted.
Q: What is the allocation formula?
A: The settlement agreement specifies that the Trustees will retain a single financial expert to determine the then current and future expected net losses that have been and are expected to be borne by that Trust from its inception to its expected date of termination as a percentage of the sum of all such losses that are expected to be borne by all of the RMBS Trusts over the same time period.
For purposes of the loss allocation, losses associated with certain third-party originators in the JPMorgan multi-originator Trusts with prefixes JPALT, JPMAC, and JPMMT will be discounted to account for the fact that those trusts retain direct repurchase claims that could be asserted against those originators.
Q: How can interested investors learn more about the settlement?
A: All investors will receive a notice from the relevant Trustee(s) concerning the settlement terms.
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