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A New Prosecutorial Frontier: SEC Seeks Bans on Municipal Officials

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) was recently granted a preliminary agreement by a federal judge to bar a municipal official from participating in future bond sales. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the...more

Municipal Bond Interest Paid By a Bond Insurer After an Issuer’s Bankruptcy Discharge Can Remain Tax-Exempt

In the aftermath of recent municipal bankruptcies in which issuers proposed and/or implemented bankruptcy plans involving partial discharges of the issuer’s payment obligation on insured bonds, there has been increased focus...more

N.C. Court of Appeals: Limitations Period Does Not Apply to Local Government Enforcement of Subdivision Performance Bonds

A post-Great Recession treat, the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed today a ruling that the Town of Black Mountain is entitled to enforce subdivision performance bonds originally in the name of Buncombe County, after...more

2014 SEC and FINRA Enforcement Actions Against Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The sheer number of enforcement actions brought against broker-dealers and investment advisers makes it challenging to keep up. In this alert, we divide this year’s most important cases against broker-dealers and investment...more

"MSRB Proposes Amendments Establishing Municipal Advisor Professional and Supervisory Qualification Requirements"

On November 19, 2014, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced that it submitted for approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to MSRB Rule G-3 to establish professional...more

Court Sets Aside SEC’s First Muni “Control-Person” Settlement

Earlier this month, the SEC used a “control-person” charge in a settled action against an elected municipal official in connection with municipal bond offering. Enforcement touted that “first” on the Monday after: “An...more

SEC Introduces “Control Person” Liability as Enforcement Action Weapon in Claim Against Municipal Officer for Misleading Bond...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently settled the first securities fraud charges brought against a municipal official alleging “control person” status under the federal securities laws. The SEC’s settlement...more

Participation Not Required: SEC Charges Mayor as Control Person in Municipal Bond Offering

In an unprecedented exercise of its authority to charge municipal officials with “control person” liability, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park,...more

SEC Ramps Up Municipal Enforcement

The SEC continues to ramp up its Enforcement efforts in the municipal-securities realm. The agency announced a series of settled actions on November 6....more

SEC Charges City Mayor as a Control Person in Allen Park, Michigan, Enforcement Action

Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park, Michigan (City), and two of its former officials—the former City Mayor and former City Administrator. It is the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

This week the SEC and the DOJ filed a settled FCPA action. The disgorgement paid by the issuer put the case at number ten on the list for the largest such amounts paid in an SEC FCPA case....more

Three Observations From the SEC’s Settlements with Thirteen Municipal Dealers Over Below-Denomination Sales of Puerto Rico Bonds

On November 3, 2014, the SEC announced settlements with thirteen different registered municipal securities dealers in connection with sales of non-investment grade bonds issued by Puerto Rico in 2014. The settlements...more

"SEC Approves MSRB's First Dedicated Rule for Municipal Advisors"

On October 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Proposed Rule G-44, the MSRB's first dedicated rule for municipal advisors, with conforming changes to...more

Regulators Decline to Exempt TOBs from Risk Retention Rule but Add Helpful Revisions and Clarifications

Although regulators have rebuffed industry efforts to have tender option bonds (TOBs) exempted from the final credit risk retention rule (the CRRR), they have nevertheless provided some helpful changes and clarifications that...more

SEC Approves Supervision & Compliance Rule for Municipal Advisors

The SEC last week approved new MSRB Rule G-44 implementing supervision and compliance requirements for municipal advisors. The MSRB touted the Rule as “its first dedicated rule for municipal advisors” under the Dodd-Frank...more

The SEC's MCDC Initiative: Where To Go From Here

Issuers, underwriters and advisors in the municipal bond marketplace are facing unprecedented challenges from federal regulators in connection with both the issuance of bonds and ongoing post-issuance compliance. These...more

"Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts": New California Infrastructure Financing Law Passes Legislature

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts will soon become a reality for many cities and counties looking for a mechanism to perform some functions previously done by redevelopment agencies. Senate Bill 628 (SB 628) passed...more

Massive California Water Bond Slated for November 4 General Election as Proposition 1

2014 Water Bond targets state’s long-term water needs and aquatic ecosystems. Two months from today, the California electorate will vote up or down on a massive water bond which Governor Jerry Brown signed on August...more

Draw down bonds and date of issuance: questions remain with IRS guidance

For many years multifamily housing apartment projects could be financed with tax-exempt drawn-down bonds and loans with all of the bonds issued pursuant to a draw-down loan being treated as part of a single issue. The date of...more

Finding the Time: SEC Announces Deadline Extension for MCDC Initiative

Since 1995, the SEC’s Rule 15c-12 has, subject to a few exceptions, required the “post issuance” delivery of certain annual financial and operating information from parties that are obligated to provide for the repayment of...more

Water Bond Only a Part of California’s Water Problem Solution

The water bond is not the complete solution to California’s water problems, but there is no single solution to California’s water problems. Making California’s water use sustainable in an uncertain future will require a...more

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

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