The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced it has reached a settlement with UBS Americas Inc. for $885 million. The settlement covers claims of alleged violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with private-label residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS) purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Under the terms of the agreement, UBS will pay approximately $415 million to Fannie Mae and $470 million to Freddie Mac to resolve certain claims related to securities sold to the companies between 2004 and 2007.
“The satisfactory resolution of this matter provides greater clarity and certainty in the marketplace and is in line with our responsibility for preserving and conserving Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s assets on behalf of taxpayers,” said FHFA Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco.
The settlement agreement covers claims between FHFA and UBS in the following cases: FHFA v. UBS Americas, Inc., et al., 11 Civ. 5201 (DLC) (S.D.N.Y.); FHFA v. Ally Financial Inc., et al., 11 Civ. 7010 (DLC) (S.D.N.Y.); FHFA v. Countrywide Financial Corp., et al., No. 12 Civ. 1059 (MRP) (C.D. Cal.); FHFA v. First Horizon National Corp., et al., No. 11 Civ. 6193 (DLC) (S.D.N.Y.). The settlement is between FHFA and UBS Americas, Inc., UBS Real Estate Securities Inc., UBS Securities LLC, Mortgage Asset Securitization Transactions Inc., and other named defendants.
FHFA has now settled three of the 18 suits it filed in 2011, and remains committed to satisfactorily resolving the remaining suits as well.