Moody's Investors Service plans to release its first Transaction Governance Assessments report before the year is through.

The report represents the rating agency's opinion of the level of oversight, controls and procedures put in place to mitigate risk in a given transaction. "Investors are clearly more focused on this as a result of some of the transactions that have not performed in the market over the past several years," said Moody's Managing Director Claire Robinson. "Transaction governance was an issue in a number of those situations."

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