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SEC Announces Second Round of Charges Against Underwriters Under MCDC Initiative

On September 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 22 municipal bond underwriters, the second round of enforcement actions brought by the SEC under the Municipalities...more

SEC Announces Second Wave of MCDC Enforcement Actions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week announced enforcement actions under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative, targeting 22 municipal bond underwriting firms for alleged due...more

One Size Does Not Fit All: Written Disclosure Policies in a Time of Increased SEC Enforcement

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to increase its enforcement efforts in the municipal bond market by focusing on the sufficiency and timeliness of disclosure in initial municipal securities...more

SEC Issues Second Round of Municipal Disclosure Settlements

On September 30, the SEC issued its second round of mass settled actions over municipal securities disclosure issues, as part of its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. In this round, 22 municipal...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #5

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes to Amend Administrative Proceedings Rules: On Sept. 24 the SEC announced that it had voted to propose amendments to rules governing its administrative proceedings. The...more

Can Alphabet Soup Fix Puerto Rico’s Debt Service Issues?

Last week, the Working Group for the Fiscal and Economic Recovery of Puerto Rico gave the broadest hint yet of the next tactic in Puerto Rico’s ongoing quest to deleverage itself. Although the details have not yet been...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: DOL Releases Transcripts of Fiduciary Standard Hearings - The Department of Labor (DOL) has released the transcripts of the hearings held by the agency in August on its proposed fiduciary...more

National Association of Bond Lawyers Releases Guidance on Municipal Securities Disclosure Policies

Issuers of municipal securities (including conduit borrowers) are required to comply with certain disclosure requirements when preparing official statements or other offering documents, submitting continuing disclosure...more

MSRB Submits Municipal-Advisor Gift Rule for SEC Approval

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) announced September 2 that it has submitted for SEC approval proposed amendments extending its gift-limitations Rule G-20 to municipal advisors. In general, the Rule...more

FINRA Warns on Muni Shorts & Fails: Substitute Interest is Taxable

FINRA issued its late-July Regulatory Notice 15-27 warning brokerage firms that inadvertent short positions or fail-to-delivers in municipal securities trading can create situations where the member-firm pays a customer...more

New MSRB Rule Will Increase Available Information Regarding Trades of Municipal Securities

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the “MSRB”) to MSRB Rule G-14 regarding the reporting of trades of municipal securities. These...more

SEC Announces First Charges Against Underwriters under MCDC Initiative

On June 18, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 36 municipal bond underwriters, the first enforcement actions against underwriters brought by the SEC under the...more

SEC Rolls Out First Wave of MCDC Settlements with Underwriters

Last Thursday, the SEC announced it reached settlement agreements with 36 municipal securities underwriting firms pursuant to its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative.  These settlements mark...more

SEC Announces First Wave of MCDC Underwriter Sanctions

The Securities Exchange Commission announced June 18 the first major wave of underwriter sanctions under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. The SEC sanctioned 36 municipal underwriting...more

MSRB Provides Guidance on Developing Supervision and Compliance Programs for Municipal Advisors

Rule G-44 of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, became effective on April 23, 2015. That Rule establishes the supervisory and compliance obligations of municipal advisors. The MSRB has provided an...more

Voluntary Reporting of Bank Loans – Best Practice or Sword of Damocles?

One of the hottest current topics in the world of municipal finance is the issue of the “voluntary” reporting on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (“MSRB”) Electronic Municipal Marketplace Access system (“EMMA”) of...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015

In This Issue: - US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Proposes Rule to Treat US Municipal Securities as Level 2B High-Quality Liquid Assets under the Liquidity Coverage Ratio - US Financial...more

LCR – The Fed Takes Tentative Step to Expand HQLAs

When the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Board”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) finalized the Liquidity Coverage...more

The MCDC Initiative: December Was Just The Beginning

As many of our issuer clients know, as a result of perceived wide-spread violations of post issuance reporting compliance, in 2014 the SEC conducted its “Municipal Continuing Disclosure Compliance Initiative” or the “MCDC...more

Current and Former SEC Officials Speak About Enforcement Issues Concerning Municipal Securities

Last week, the National Association of Bond Lawyers held its 13th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute. Some of the panels included current and former employees of the SEC who spoke on several of the more notable recent...more

SEC Muni Enforcement Chief Offers Her Views on MCDC

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) year-old Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative or MCDC) has encouraged municipal securities issuers, borrowers, and underwriters to...more

Select Broker-Dealer Enforcement Cases and Developments: 2014 Year in Review

This Outline highlights key U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) enforcement developments and cases regarding broker dealers.* The...more

SEC Secures Federal Judge Order Against Mayor Based on Control Person Liability

On January 28, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan entered a final judgment against Gary Burtka, the former mayor of Allen Park, Michigan, upholding the Security and Exchange Commission...more

SEC and the Municipal Securities Market

The SEC has been increasingly active in its enforcement efforts in the municipal securities market.  Such efforts are being conducted through its Municipal Securities and Public Pensions unit, which was one of the five...more

New Best Execution Requirement for Municipal Securities Transactions

Although the MSRB’s new best execution rule is generally consistent with FINRA’s, differences exist and questions remain regarding FINRA’s examination and enforcement of the requirements....more

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