Municipal Securities Issuers

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SEC Charges 71 Issuers under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

On August 24, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 71 municipal issuers and other obligated persons (collectively, the municipal issuers) under the SEC’s Municipalities...more

SEC Settles With 71 Municipal Issuers

The Commission’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative has been a significant success. Under the Initiative the agency has filed settled enforcement actions against firm’s representing 96% of the market...more

Management Contracts & Private Business Use–IRS Releases Favorable Guidance

Coming as welcome news to those involved in the municipal bond market, Revenue Procedure 2016-44 provides helpful guidance for governmental issuers and 501(c)(3) borrowers entering into long-term contracts with private...more

Fed’s Final Treatment of Municipal Securities as High-Quality Liquid Assets Disappoints the Industry

Treatment of Municipal Securities in Fed’s Final HQLA Rule Draws Unenthusiastic Industry Reactions - On April 1, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board released its final regulations respecting treatment of municipal securities...more

SEC – Charter School CEO Settle Muni Bond Charges

The Commission resolved its second action arising out of undisclosed conflicts tied to a municipal bond offering used to fund construction for charter schools. SEC v. Rangel, Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-06391 (N.D. Ill. Filed...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

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - April 2016

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

Half-Hearted Relief for Munis: The Fed Adopts a Final Rule to Include Certain Municipal Securities as HQLAs Under the LCR Rule

On March 31, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) adopted a final rule (the “Final Rule”) to amend the Federal Reserve’s Liquidity Coverage Ratio Rule and Modified Liquidity...more

Part 2: Shelf Registration Extended Offering Period

Our first post in this series examined the regulatory and contractual considerations for municipal securities issuers and conduit borrowers using shelf registration. Now we examine the equally important considerations for...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 5 - March 2016 (Global)

The buzz phrase of the moment in the financial services industry is robo adviser. On Monday, February 29, The Wall Street Journal published a Journal Report in the Personal Finance Section of that day’s newspaper. The...more

Shelf Registration Extended Offering Period: Ready for the Municipal Marketplace?

Recently, a significant municipal issuer entered the market with its first sale under a $1 billion borrowing program that will use an offering statement style novel to the municipal market. For years, issuers of traditional...more

SEC Charges Municipal Bond Issuer, Broker With Fraud

Municipal bond offerings have become a key focus of SEC Enforcement. The agency has brought a series of actions in addition to an initiative that encourages the self-reporting of underwriters in return for reduced sanctions....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

SEC Expected to Begin Settlement Actions With Issuers Under MCDC Initiative

In March 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) initiated the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (“MCDC Initiative”) to provide issuers (including obligated persons) and underwriters...more

SEC Settles With 14 Municipal Bond Underwriters

The SEC filed fourteen settled actions against municipal underwriting firms this week. The settlements were part of a program that commenced in 2014 called the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative. The...more

Changes to Ontario Participation Fees for Reporting Issuers

In 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) approved the replacement of OSC Rule 13-502 Fees (Ontario Fee Rule) and its companion policy with a new version, which came into force as of April 6, 2015. The new Ontario Fee...more

MSRB’s Execution Guidance under Rule G-18: Forward with Flexibility

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) recently released its best execution guidance under MSRB Rule G-18 (the “Rule” or “Rule G-18”). The Rule will be effective as of March 21, 2016. The Rule provides: “The...more

"MSRB Rulemaking Update: SEC Approves MSRB's Proposed Amendments to Gift Rule G-20, MSRB Files Second Amendment to Proposed Rule...

This is to update you about recent Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) actions. SEC Approves MSRB's Proposed Amendments to MSRB Rule G-20 and Related Recordkeeping - On November 6, 2015, the Securities and...more

SEC Amends Rule 2a-7 to Eliminate References to NRSRO Ratings and to Revise Issuer Diversification Requirements

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted amendments (Amendments) to remove references to credit ratings in Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (1940 Act), the primary rule...more

MSRB to Implement Gifts Rule for Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, has received approval from the SEC to limit the size and nature of gifts given by municipal advisors in their professional capacity advising state and local governments. The...more

Recent MCDC Settlements Provide Guidance Concerning Scope of Materiality in Continuing Disclosure Obligations

In responding to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) initiative, the unanswered question for many municipalities and broker-dealers was determining whether...more

Fitch Ratings Updates Criteria for Water and Sewer Bonds

On September 3, 2015, Fitch Ratings updated its sector-specific rating criteria for water and sewer bonds. The new report replaces Fitch’s existing rating criteria published July 31, 2013, but Fitch does not anticipate...more

Second Wave of MCDC Hits Underwriters ….No Smooth Sailing Ahead!

On September 30 the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced another round of enforcement actions against 22 municipal underwriting firms for disclosure violations in connection with municipal bond offerings. The...more

Stealth Appellants No Longer Have Standing To File An Appeal In A Florida Bond Validation Proceeding

For more than 60 years, challengers to Florida bond validations had an unusual option - they could quietly wait until the trial court delivered its final judgment validating the proposed bond issue, and, without appearing,...more

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