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Private Fund Advisers Must Pay Close Attention to Nuances under Pay-to-Play Restrictions in Light of Upcoming Elections Nationwide

As the elections approach nationwide, advisers to private investment funds with current or prospective state or local government entity investors should be mindful of political activities by their personnel which could raise...more

Private Fund Advisers Must Pay Close Attention to Nuances under Pay-to-Play Restrictions in Light of Upcoming Elections Nationwide

As the elections approach nationwide, advisers to private investment funds with current or prospective state or local government entity investors should be mindful of political activities by their personnel which could raise...more

Impact of Pay-to-Play Rules in the 2016 Election Cycle

The federal Pay-to-Play Rules may impact campaign contributions in the 2016 election and, in particular, campaign contributions to a major party’s presidential campaign. Financial institutions that do business with, or seek...more

MSRB: No Attempts to Mandate Bank Loan Disclosure…For Now

Following its July 27-28, 2016 quarterly board meeting, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) has announced that it will not pursue new regulations to mandate disclosure of bank loan information by municipal...more

SEC & MSRB’s Pay-to-Play Rule: “Governing Games - Mocking, Part 2”

This SRO gamesmanship is making a mockery of governing. The latest is the SEC’s position that it didn’t take any action on the new MSRB Rules extending pay-to-play prohibitions to municipal advisors, so it can’t be sued...more

California State Treasurer Sets His Sights on Curbing Pay-to-Play in the Municipal Bond Arena

While it’s easy for mainstream news outlets to get caught up in the mid-summer drama of Vice-Presidential selections, national political party conventions, and the geopolitical repercussions of Brexit, we here at Pay to Play...more

Municipal Advisor, School Consultant, and Associated Individuals Enter Settlement Offers with SEC after First-of-Its-Kind...

On June 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accepted the settlement offers made by two firms and three executives charged with using deceptive business practices in dealing with five school districts. As...more

Investment Management Update

SEC Enforcement Action against Private Equity Fund Adviser - On June 1, 2016, the SEC announced that a private equity fund adviser and its principal owner agreed to pay more than $3.1 million to settle SEC charges that,...more

SEC’s First Action Based On Dodd-Frank Muni Adviser Fraud Section

The SEC has been focusing on municipal bond offerings, filing a series of enforcement actions. An action brought this week is the first, however, based on the Dodd-Frank fraud section related to municipal advisers. The action...more

SEC Brings First Action under Dodd-Frank Municipal Advisor Antifraud Rules

Two California-based municipal advisory firms and their executives have agreed to settle SEC charges that they used deceptive practices when soliciting the business of five California school districts....more

Republicans Announce Plans to Replace Dodd-Frank

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) unveiled details of the Financial CHOICE Act – the Republican plan to replace the Dodd-Frank Act and promote economic growth. CHOICE stands for Creating Hope...more

Municipal Conduct Rule G-42 Effective June 23

The MSRB’s amended Rule G-42 becomes effective June 23, prescribing new conduct standards for municipal advisors and for the underwriters working with them. In advance of the effective date, the MSRB has published...more

Joint Notice: MSRB and FINRA Increasing Scrutiny of Private Bank Placements

Direct lending by banks has proliferated in the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market as states, local governments and non-profits find that they can borrow, in the form of direct loans, at interest rates comparable to those on...more

MSRB on Direct Purchases – Transparency Trumps Tower?

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) issued a concept release last month suggesting that market transparency trumps the direct Congressional prohibition against federal regulations requiring filing of...more

TN Republican Party Challenges MA Pay-to-Play Rules

On April 12, the Tennessee Republican Party filed a petition in the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to invalidate the SEC’s approval of new rules extending the MSRB’s long-standing “pay-to-play” prohibitions to new...more

First SEC Case Against Municipal Advisor Under New Fiduciary Duty

On March 15, 2016, the SEC announced its first enforcement proceeding for breach of the fiduciary duty for municipal advisors created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. The SEC issued a cease and desist order alleging that...more

First SEC Case Re Dodd-Frank Municipal Fiduciary Duty Provision

The Commission brought its first action based on Exchange Act Section 15B(c)(1) as amended by Section 275 of Dodd-Frank. Under that provision municipal advisors and their associated persons have a fiduciary duty to their...more

SEC Brings First Ever Charges Against Municipal Advisors

The SEC charged Kansas-based Central States Capital Markets, its CEO, and two employees for breaching their fiduciary duty by failing to disclose a conflict of interest to a municipal client. The case is the SEC’s first to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - MSRB Publishes Compliance Advisory for Brokers, Dealers and Municipal Securities Dealers - The MSRB recently published its first Compliance Advisory for Brokers, Dealers and Municipal...more

MSRB Rule G-20: Recent Amendments Become Effective on May 6, 2016

On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) to MSRB Rule G-20 regarding gifts, gratuities and non-cash compensation. The...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Announces No-Action Policy for Innovative Consumer Products - On Feb. 18, the CFPB issued a final policy statement that permits some companies with innovative consumer products to seek...more

Continuing Disclosure Information Reporting Deadline Draws Near

Municipalities, school districts, and other public entities that borrow money – whether through public offerings of bonds or private bank loans – generally are required to provide updated financial and operational information...more

"MSRB Amendments to Pay-to-Play Rule Will Take Effect in August 2016"

On February 17, 2016, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced in Regulatory Notice 2016-06 that its draft amendments to Rule G-37 on political contributions, and related amendments to Rules G-8 and G-9 on...more

Municipal Advisor Pay-to-Play Rules “Deemed Approved”

The MSRB’s Rule G-37 amendments applying pay-to-play prohibitions to Municipal Advisors and their third-party solicitors will become effective August 17, 2016....more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Announces Steps to Improve Checking Account Access - On Feb. 3, the CFPB announced that it was taking three steps to expand checking account access to the approximately 10 million...more

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