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SEC Brings Another Bond Case Against A State

The SEC’s nationwide review of municipal bond disclosures yielded another enforcement action, this time against the state of Kanas. The Order centers on claims that the state failed to disclose its huge unfunded pension...more

Deadlines Applicable to Colleges and Universities Approaching for Participation in SEC’s Continuing Disclosure Cooperation...

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a voluntary self-reporting program for issuers and underwriters of municipal bonds for reporting of inaccurate statements made in offering documents...more

OCTA 91 Express Lanes Bonds Get 2 A's from S&P

In an historic move, Standard & Poor’s upgraded the Orange County Transportation Agency SR91 Express Lanes Toll Revenue Bonds to “AA-”, making it one the highest rated managed lanes projects in the world. The bonds were...more

The MCDC Initiative and Recent Modifications: Window for Issuers and Obligated Persons Now Closes on December 1, 2014, While...

As highlighted in the SEC’s 2012 Municipal Market Report, the SEC has expressed significant concern that many issuers have not been complying with their obligation to file continuing disclosure documents and that federal...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus - Richmond approves massive Chevron refinery project with $90 million in community benefits: Contra Costa Times - Jul 30: Chevron's five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade...more

Update: SEC Extends Deadline for Issuers to Participate in SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC)...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has extended the deadline for issuers and obligors to self-report potential violations of their continuing disclosure obligations from the original deadline of September 10, 2014...more

SEC Extends Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative Self-Reporting Deadline For Issuers and Obligated Persons...

The Securities and Exchange Commission released a statement on July 31, 2014, modifying certain aspects of its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the “MCDC Initiative”). The MCDC Initiative provides...more

SEC Modifies MCDC Initiative in Response to Industry Concerns

On July 31, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission extended the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperative Initiative (“MCDC”) deadline to allow issuers and obligors more time to complete their reporting...more

Make your Developer Note more marketable - 8 tips

There is a common misperception that a municipality's willingness to issue a so-called Developer Note on a pay-as-you-go basis is tantamount to providing equity to the redevelopment project. Unfortunately, most...more

Puerto Rico and PREPA Seek Dismissal of Bondholder Challenge to Territory’s Bankruptcy Statute

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) yesterday filed separate motions to dismiss the federal court complaint filed last month by some PREPA bondholders seeking to invalidate the...more

How the MCDC Initiative affects bond issuers and borrowers

If you have ever issued (or borrowed the proceeds of) bonds then you should know about the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Compliance Initiative (the “Initiative”) and take the appropriate steps to determine your...more

Deadline Approaching for Disclosure of Continuing Disclosure Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) recently launched its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the MCDC Initiative). Obligated persons (including issuers and conduit borrowers) and...more

SEC’s First Action Under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The SEC settled its first action under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, launched on March 10, 2014. Under the Initiative the Enforcement Division agreed to recommend settlement on favorable,...more

Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC)

We want to make you aware of a new Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement initiative that impacts issuers of municipal bonds or other governmental securities or other persons obligated to provide secondary market...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Governor, Attorney General Disagree Over General Assistance - In what has been characterized by some as capitalizing on a national political issue, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidance to...more

SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative Update

Issuers and underwriters of municipal securities have been provided an opportunity by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to self-report violations of the federal securities laws relating to...more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 13, Moody’s announced that its private student loan default rate index will continue to decline. On June 13, Fitch announced that it has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and...more

SEC’s Self-Reporting Program to Correct Misstatements Regarding Continuing Disclosure Compliance Set to Expire on September 10,...

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative provides an opportunity for municipal bond issuers, borrowers and underwriters to correct misstatements in offering...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending June 6, 2014)

The SEC had mixed results in court this week. A Manhattan jury returned a verdict against the agency in a high profile and long-running insider trading case where the agency had previously obtained favorable rulings from the...more

A Grand Bargain? Detroit Defends Restructuring Plan

Over the Memorial Day weekend, while many around the country were enjoying beautiful weather, the lawyers for the city of Detroit were busy filing a lengthy defense to their proposed restructuring plan, which is slated to be...more

SEC Settles Bond Case Centered on Construction of Charter Schools

The Commission continues to focus on the municipal bond market, filing a settled action against two state grant recipients who were supposed to construct charter schools. The action, alleging fraud in connection with the sale...more

"SEC Issues New FAQs on Municipal Advisor Rule"

On May 19, 2014, the SEC issued an updated set of FAQs on the rule defining and requiring municipal advisors to register with the SEC (the Rule). The updated FAQs provide clarification on several important issues for certain...more

New SEC Initiative Offers Municipal Issuers and Underwriters an Exit Strategy for Continuing Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division recently announced a program intended to resolve violations of federal securities laws regarding continuing disclosures in bond offering documents. The program,...more

SEC Updates FAQs Regarding the Municipal Advisor Registration Rules

On May 19, the SEC updated its Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Municipal Advisor Registration Rules to clarify when the proceeds of pension obligations bonds should be treated as “proceeds of municipal securities.” ...more

The SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative: Carrot for Issuers & Underwriters, Stick for Individuals

It’s no secret that the SEC is stepping up its enforcement efforts in the estimated $3.7 trillion municipal securities market. In 2012, the Commission published a 165-page report calling for Congress to give it more authority...more

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