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Deadline Near for Passing the Municipal Advisor Qualification Exam

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 12, 2016, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) began offering the Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (the “Series 50 Exam”). Municipal advisor professionals must pass the...more

FINRA and the MSRB Issue FAQs on Bond Mark-Up Disclosure

by WilmerHale on

On July 12, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published new implementation guidance on the bond mark-up disclosure requirements set to take effect...more

MSRB's G-42 Guidance Notes Ambiguities for MAs in Conduit Issues

by Burr & Forman on

Last week, the MSRB issued “guidance” on the application of Rule G-42 conduct standards for Municipal Advisors in conduit issues. The “guidance” highlights ambiguities from the “for or on behalf” language in the MA Rule when...more

6th Circuit Rejects GOP Suit Against MA Pay-to-Play Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a suit by the Tennessee, Georgia and New York Republican parties challenging the constitutionality of an MSRB extending pay-to-play prohibition to municipal advisors. The Court...more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - SEC Proposes Modifications to Rule 15c2-12 to Increase Event-Driven Disclosures by Municipal Issuers

Disclosure in the municipal securities markets has been a focus of the Securities and Exchange Commission for some time, but it has recently returned to center view with the SEC’s proposals for additions to the event-driven...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 8

by DLA Piper on

International Monetary Fund reviews top threats to markets and banks. The Wall Street Journal reported on the IMF’s warning that high corporate leverage could threaten financial stability as the Federal Reserve raises...more

Debt Dialogue: April 2017 - SEC Action Against Underwriter Illustrates Enforcement of Disclosure Violations in the Muni World

On April 5, as one of several enforcement actions relating to an alleged Ponzi scheme, the Securities and Exchange Commission settled an administrative enforcement action against a municipal bond underwriter accused of...more

SEC Proposes to Add New Reporting Events to the Municipal Disclosure Rule

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for public comment proposed amendments to the Municipal Disclosure Rule, Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The proposed...more

Proposed Securities Rule Changes Focus on Bank Loans, Other Private Placements

by McGuireWoods LLP on

SEC Proposed Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 - On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that would add two new events that...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Expand Municipal Securities Disclosures

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) that would expand the list of events triggering...more

SEC Proposes Expansive New Continuing Disclosure Requirements Regarding Private Debt and Other Financial Obligations

On March 15, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission” or “SEC”) published in the Federal Register for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 (the “Rule”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934...more

The SEC’s Proposed Changes to Rule 15c2-12 Could Have Far-Reaching Impact on Issuers and Obligors of Municipal Securities

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued Release No. 34-80130 (the “Release”) proposing several amendments to its Rule 15c2-12 (the “Rule”) that would add two new events to the list of events...more

SEC Proposes Far-Reaching Expansion of Municipal Securities Disclosure to Include Bank Loans and Other Financial Obligations

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") is proposing to amend its Rule 15c2-12 to expand the list of event disclosures that must be provided by issuers of municipal securities ("issuers") and conduit borrowers...more

SEC to Propose "Requiring" Municipal-Issuers to Disclose Bank Loans

by Burr & Forman on

The two remaining SEC Commissioners agreed March 1 to propose amendments “requiring” municipal securities issuers to disclose non-security financial obligations and material events occurring in other outstanding obligations....more

SEC Proposes Additional Event Disclosures for Municipal Bond Issuers

by Bracewell LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Securities Exchange Commission voted in open meeting to propose amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 adding two event notices to the current fourteen required in...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Address Bank Loan Disclosure Concerns

At its meeting on March 1, 2017, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to formally propose and publish for comment amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to add two additional disclosure events to written...more

UPDATE: Continued Regulatory Focus on US Political Contributions

by Dechert LLP on

Recent actions by financial industry regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”), and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”),...more

Will President Trump's Regulation Cuts Reduce Ongoing Disclosure for Bond-Financed Projects?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on Feb. 3, 2017, signed an executive order entitled "Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System," which directed the Treasury Secretary to consult with financial regulators,...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 4

SEC Updates to Form PF FAQs - On January 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management updated its Form PF FAQs. Registered investment advisers managing private funds with at least $150...more

"Developments: Applying Federal Pay-to-Play Rules to Trump/Pence Inaugural and Transition Committees"

For financial institutions subject to federal pay-to-play rules (SEC Rule 206(4)-5 for investment advisers, MSRB Rule G-37 for municipal bond underwriters and municipal advisors, and CFTC Rule 23.451 for swap dealers),...more

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Providing Guidance On The Tax Qualification Of Mutual Funds - On September 27, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations (Proposed Regulations) that provide...more

6th Circuit Orders Pay-to-Play Challenge to Merits Panel

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit this week declined the SEC’s request to dismiss a Constitutional challenge to the new MSRB pay-to-play rules. Instead, the Court ordered the case to a merits panel for consideration. The Republican parties...more

SEC Approves New FINRA and MSRB Mark-Up Disclosure Requirements for Corporate, Agency and Municipal Fixed Income Principal Trades

by Clark Hill PLC on

On November 17, 2016, some 40 years after having first proposed mark-up disclosure requirements for riskless principal securities transactions, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") approved rule changes by the...more

"Post-Election Issues"

Now that the 2016 elections are over, we must contend with special legal issues that arise from contributions made to, and expenses incurred for, federal, state or local inaugural or transition committees, as well as recounts...more

"FINRA Pay-to-Play Rule Effective August 20, 2017"

On October 24, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced in Regulatory Notice 16-40 that its pay-to-play and related recordkeeping rules, FINRA Rules 2030 and 4580, will take effect on August 20,...more

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