Fitch spins off derivatives arm

Fitch Ratings has spun off its derivatives operations into a new subsidiary, Derivative Fitch. The new group will bring together Fitch's global collateralised debt obligation (CDO) and structured credit ratings groups, along with various other products focused on credit derivatives.

Kim Slawek, Derivative Fitch's managing director, says the group was set up in response to a need for transparency in the growing global credit derivatives market. "The market has evolved to the point where more than

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