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Moody's to Endorse non-EU Ratings Under EU Credit Rating Agency (CRA) Regulation Where Possible

Global Credit Research - 06 Jan 2011

London, 06 January 2011 -- In line with EU regulation governing credit rating agencies, Moody's Investors Service plans to endorse the credit ratings issued by its non-EU entities, where possible, for regulatory use in the EU. The rating agency believes that this decision will facilitate the efficient flow of capital across national borders and best meet the current needs of all users of credit ratings.

Moody's has submitted an application to the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) for the registration of its EU-based entities and for authorization to endorse the global scale credit ratings assigned by its non-EU entities. CESR indicated that Moody's registration process should be concluded in the second quarter of 2011. It will take place under the authority of the new European Securities and Markets Authority that replaces CESR.

On 7 December 2009, the Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Credit Rating Agencies (EU Regulation) entered into force (the text of which may be found at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:302:0001:0031:EN:PDF). The EU Regulation governs many aspects of the conduct of Moody's Investors Service in its EU offices.

Pursuant to the EU Regulation and related regulatory guidance, once an EU-based CRA's application for registration has been approved by EU regulatory authorities, credit ratings issued by a non-EU office of the rating agency will only be available for use for regulatory purposes within the EU if "endorsed" by the EU-registered CRA. Under the EU Regulation, an EU-registered CRA can endorse credit ratings issued by a non-EU CRA where certain conditions apply, including that the conduct of credit rating activities by the third country CRA fulfills requirements which are "at least as stringent as" certain of those set out in the EU Regulation.

In the interim, according to CESR, "Ratings from third countries that a CRA intends to endorse (as disclosed in its application) will be allowed to be used for regulatory purposes until the registration decision with regard to the endorsing CRA is made." (See http://www.cesr.eu/popup2.php?id=6860).

In June 2011, additional regulatory requirements for endorsement related to the local regulatory frameworks in place where Moody's operates are expected to come into effect. Subject to these new requirements, Moody's will seek to continue to endorse its non-EU credit ratings from that date.

Moody's intends to indicate which credit ratings are endorsed on its website's credit rating pages, data feeds and in its credit rating actions.

Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody's commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets. The firm's ratings and analysis track debt covering more than 110 countries, 12,000 corporate issuers, 25,000 public finance issuers, and 106,000 structured finance obligations. Moody's Investors Service is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO), which reported revenue of $1.8 billion in 2009, employs approximately 4,300 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 26 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

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