New York Investigating BofA’s $8.5 Billion Mortgage-Securitization Accord

Bank of America Corp. (BAC)’s proposed $8.5 billion settlement over mortgage-securitization trusts is being probed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who is seeking client information from more than 20 companies.

Schneiderman’s office sent letters dated July 7 to the companies, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), BlackRock Inc. (BLK) and TCW Group Inc., regarding their participation in Bank of America’s proposed deal. He is asking for the information by tomorrow.

The information was requested in connection with an investigation by the office “into certain matters related to securitization of residential mortgages,” according to the letters.

Investment managers were asked to identify clients affiliated with New York state government entities and public authorities, as well as nonprofit or charitable corporations that invested in the 530 residential mortgage-securitization trusts established from 2004 to 2008, according to copies of the letters obtained by Bloomberg News.

The letters also request the total par amount and current market value of all securities issued by the trusts covered in the settlement agreement for each client that meets the criteria.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BK), as trustee of the 530 trusts, filed a petition June 29 in state court in Manhattan seeking approval of the settlement.

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