LONDON - The not to distant future for Basel II has arrived and the securitization industry can expect to see some structural changes as early as this year. Just around the corner is another series of consultative paper that's expected to better define the regulatory treatment of credit derivatives and other trading book items slated for an early April release.

"Some amendments are expected for the second quarter and if they don't go far we expect to start seeing some changes in structuring," said one speaker at last week's European Structured Finance Conference hosted by Moody's Investors Service.

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