This excerpt taken from the WEN 10-K filed Mar 1, 2007.
DCM could lose management fee income from its CDOs because of payment defaults by issuers of collateral held by the CDOs or the triggering of certain structural protections built into CDOs.
Pursuant to the investment management agreements between DCM and the CDOs it manages, DCMs management fee from the CDO is generally subject to a waterfall structure, under which DCM will not receive all or a portion of its fees if, among other things, the CDO does not have sufficient cash flows from its underlying collateral (such as corporate bonds or bank loans) to pay the required interest on the notes it has issued to investors and certain expenses. This could occur if there are defaults by issuers of the collateral on their payments of principal or interest relating to the collateral. In that event, DCMs management fees would be deferred until funds are available to pay the fees, if such funds become available. In addition, many CDOs have structural provisions meant to protect investors from deterioration in the credit quality of the underlying collateral pool. If those provisions are triggered, then certain portions of DCMs management fees may be deferred indefinitely.