Municipal Bonds

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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

Federal Government Steps Up Monitoring of Distressed Municipalities

Multiple news outlets have reported that the U.S. Treasury Department has created an Office of State and Local Finance tasked with monitoring the distressed local government sector of the municipal finance market. Kent...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-18-14

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Completes Last Full Week of Work for the Year - On April 18th at 1:05 a.m.,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

SEC Launches Cooperation Initiative to Encourage Municipal Issuers and Underwriters to Self-Report Continuing Disclosure...

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced that issuers and underwriters of municipal securities may voluntarily report materially inaccurate statements made in offering documents regarding...more

SEC Steps Up Scrutiny of Municipal Bonds: Recently Filed Enforcement Actions

As Bret Leone-Quick discussed in a post last week, the SEC has been stepping up its scrutiny of municipal bond offerings. Indeed, in the last year the SEC has filed a number of enforcement actions against municipal bond...more

Allegations Of Collusion Among Financial Institutions—Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, What We’ve Learned

Over the last 15 years, financial institutions have paid billions of dollars to settle claims that they colluded with each other. Below, we discuss four separate matters, beginning with the Nasdaq spread cases in the late...more

MSRB Reworks Fair-Dealing Rules For Municipal Securities Dealers

Effective July 5, 2014, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) implements a consolidation and re-write of its prior fail-dealing Rules and Guidance for municipal securities dealers. On March 7, the SEC...more

For Municipal Bond Issuers, SEC’s New Cooperation Initiative Could Be a Good Idea (Unless It’s a Bad Idea)

You know how every few years libraries will offer an amnesty program and give delinquent borrowers a chance to bring in their old books without prohibitive late fines? The SEC is sort of trying out that approach with its new...more

Representative Dave Camp’s Proposed Draft Legislation on Tax Reform

Last week, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, unveiled draft legislation on tax reform that would include a 10 percent tax on municipal bond interest for joint filers with...more

To Be or Not to Be – Subdivision Bonds Does Not a Public Works Project, Make it Be

I’ve never been much of a Shakespeare fan. I only moderately tolerated even the MTV-inspired Romeo + Juliet set in fair Verona Beach with rapiers metaphorically replaced with guns manufactured by Dagger and Sword. But...more

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