From the Horse’s Mouth: WAMU Originated “Loans” Are not Assets of Chase or Even Any trust If the Sale was to a “Depositor”

Many thanks to Bill Paatalo for bringing this to my attention.

This article brings to the forefront a central issue that Wall Street cannot escape unless we let them: in the context of securitization, the paper transfers to the “depositor” is not a sale even if it is treated as a sale by the “Seller.” That means that the homeowner transactions that were falsely labeled as loans were never securitized. In other words, the whole thing is a lie. A LivingLie, which is why I named named this blog as such.

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I would suggest that practitioners take note of this. As many judges have specifically declared in their finding of facts, the “sale” to the   “depositor” in a securitization scheme is a sale to a legal entity.

Take special note that the filings with the SEC admit that the issue of whether and when any sale has actually taken place is subject to “argument.” That is a peculiar statement when you’re dealing with paperwork that “memorializes” the sale of trillions of dollars worth of transactions.

This means that when feeders like Long Beach Mortgage originated homeowner transactions on behalf of WAMU, the most likely cash flow (i.e. real transactions) included a fee paid to Long Beach to act as Lender (so everyone else could avoid lender liability for violations of lending laws). It also means that WAMU was only the servicer. And it means that the homeowner transacted was actually funded by a third party (investment bank) — and what THAT means is that no actual sale ever took place of any debt, note or mortgage. 

And THAT brings to the central issue — on what basis can a non-creditor appoint a designee or nominee to collect on a debt that they don’t own?

And without a sale to the trustee of the REMIC “trust” it is the Depositor who owns the homeowner obligation. That means under black letter law that neither the trustee nor the trust can be named as claimant or beneficiary or plaintiff in a foreclosure proceeding because they are not a creditor.

see WaMu’s securitized mortgages were “legally isolated” and out of the reach of the FDIC’s Receivership. Hence, “Nemo dat quod non habet” (One cannot give what one does not have).

“For transactions in which WMB is a mortgage loan seller, investors should consider the following:
WMB sells mortgage loans to the depositor. WMB is a federal savings association, and its deposits are insured by the FDIC. If certain events occur relating to WMB’s financial condition or the propriety of its actions, the FDIC may be appointed as conservator or receiver for WMB.

WMB will treat its transfer of mortgage loans to the depositor as a sale. Arguments may be made, however, that the transfer of the mortgage loans constitutes only the grant of a security interest under applicable law.
Nevertheless, the FDIC has issued a regulation surrendering certain rights to reclaim, recover, or recharacterize a financial institution’s transfer of financial assets such as the mortgage loans if:
the transfer involved a securitization of the financial assets and meets specified conditions for treatment as a sale under relevant accounting principles;
the financial institution received adequate consideration for the transfer;
the parties intended that the transfer constitute a sale for accounting purposes; and
the financial assets were not transferred fraudulently, in contemplation of the financial institution’s insolvency, or with the intent to hinder, delay, or defraud the financial institution or its creditors.
WMB’s transfer of the mortgage loans will be intended to satisfy all of these conditions.
If a condition required under the FDIC’s regulation were found not to have been met, however, the FDIC could seek to reclaim, recover, or recharacterize WMB’s transfer of the related mortgage loans. The FDIC may not be subject to an express time limit in deciding whether to take these actions, and a delay by the FDIC in making a decision could result in delays or reductions in distributions on the certificates. If the FDIC were successful in any of these actions, moreover, holders of the certificates may not be entitled under applicable law to the full amount of their damages.
Even if the conditions set forth in the regulation were satisfied and the FDIC did not reclaim, recover, or recharacterize WMB’s transfer of the related mortgage loans, distributions to holders of the certificates could be delayed or reduced if WMB entered conservatorship or receivership.
The FDIC may be able to obtain a stay of any action by the trust, the trustee, the servicer, or any holder of certificates to enforce any obligations of WMB under any transaction document or to collect any amount owing by WMB under any transaction document. The FDIC also may require that its claims process be followed before payments
For transactions in which WMMSC is a mortgage loan seller, investors should consider the following:
WMMSC sells mortgage loans to the depositor. WMMSC will represent and warrant in the mortgage loan sale agreement that the transfer of the mortgage loans to the depositor is an absolute sale, so that the depositor is the sole owner of each mortgage loan. WMMSC is eligible to be the debtor in a bankruptcy case. If WMMSC were to become a debtor in a bankruptcy case, and a party in interest (including WMMSC itself) were to take the position that the transfer of the mortgage loans to the depositor is not a sale, but rather should be recharacterized as the grant of a security interest in the mortgage loans to secure a borrowing of WMMSC, delays in distributions on the certificates could result. If a court were to adopt such a position, then delays or reductions in distributions on the certificates could result.
  WMMSC and the depositor have taken steps to minimize the risk that in the event WMMSC were to become the debtor in a bankruptcy case, a court would order that the assets and liabilities of the depositor be substantively consolidated with those of WMMSC. The depositor is a separate special purpose corporation.
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Neil F Garfield, MBA, JD, 73, is a Florida licensed trial attorney since 1977. He has received multiple academic and achievement awards in business and law. He is a former investment banker, securities broker, securities analyst, and financial analyst.
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  1. the financial assets were not transferred fraudulently, in contemplation of the financial institution’s insolvency, or with the intent to hinder, delay, or defraud the financial institution or its creditors.

    This is exactly why Countrywide (now PennyMac and Caliber); Fremont (now HomeXpress Mortgage) and other renamed criminals were called back to action under different names.

    Specially PennyMac whom Investment Banks pose as ”
    a “Lender” and “Servicer” of 2 million homes with $360+ billion “loans” while none of it is true.

    Stockbrokers of course realize that their scheme will collapse, and they want it to collapse to start a new one because they are spoiled with non-stop taxpayers bailouts .

    But it would be risky to demand another huge bailout to Big Banks without taxpayers outrage

    So, they created a shiny front store for PennyMac and other mob to pose THEM as “injured by non-payments” parties who collapsed under weight of “servicers advances” to Investors (who never invested a cent in any “loan”, they buy unsecured Notes and to whom PennyMac never made any “advances”

    PennyMac and other mid-level gangs will declare bankruptcies and help Investment Banks to cover for their involvement and receive all the money

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