Question ID:
Legal Act:
Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR)
Securitisation and Covered Bonds
Second last sentence
COM Delegated or Implementing Acts/RTS/ITS/GLs/Recommendations:
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Disclose name of institution / entity:
Name of institution / submitter:
Studio Legale RCC
Country of incorporation / residence:
Type of submitter:
Law firm
Subject Matter:
Risk retention and credit risk mitigation

If the Originator retains a vertical slice of a securitisation capital structure the most senior tranche of which is guaranteed - as part of the original securitisation structure - by a third party guarantor, would that be in contrast with the requirement as set out in paragraph 1 of Article 405 of CRR, providing that the net economic interest shall not be subject to any credit risk mitigation or any short positions or any other hedge and shall not be sold.

Background on the question:

According to Article 405 of CRR, the requirement on the retention of a material net economic interest can be satisfied through the retention of no less than 5 % of the nominal value of each of the tranches sold or transferred to the investors. Pursuant to the second last sentence of paragraph 1 of Article 405 of CRR, the net economic interest shall not be subject to any credit risk mitigation or any short positions or any other hedge and shall not be sold. According to Italian law n. 18 of 14 February 2016, the Italian Government can issue a guarantee (so called “GACS”) in order to secure the payment obligations vis-à-vis the holders of the most senior tranche of ABS issued by Italian securitisation vehicles and backed by portfolios of non-performing claims assigned by Italian banks. The above guarantee might, prima facie (and wrongly in our opinion, for the reasons set out below), appear as a credit risk mitigation or an hedge of the net economic interest to be retained by the originator.

Date of submission:
Published as Rejected Q&A
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Rejected question