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Tax reform update: H.R. 1 proposes significant limits on municipal bonds

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

UPDATE: In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 2, 2017, the United States Senate, by a vote of 51-49, approved its version of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, commonly referred to as the Senate’s tax bill....more

Will Tax Reform’s Elimination of Advance Refundings Usher in a New Era of Municipal Derivatives?

by Clark Hill PLC on

With the termination of tax-exempt advance refunding bonds squarely in the crosshairs of the tax reform measures making their way through both houses of Congress, the municipal market needs to consider the impact of the loss...more

Federal Tax Reform: Senate Proposal Repeals Advance Refundings but Keeps Private Activity Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee unveiled a section-by-section description of its tax reform package on November 9, 2017, including municipal bond provisions that reject efforts by the House Ways and Means Committee to terminate...more

Proposed House Ways and Means Committee Tax Bill Would Eliminate All PABs

by Nossaman LLP on

Last week the House Republican leadership unveiled its much anticipated US tax reform bill. The bill proposes the most sweeping changes to the tax code in 30 years—since the 1986 Tax Act, which by the way imposed many of the...more

UPDATE: House and Senate Tax Reform Bills Agree on Ending Municipal Bond Advance Refundings

by Clark Hill PLC on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 1 -- the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- which now is teed up for approval by the full House of Representatives. A few hours later, Senate Finance Committee...more

Miami Voters Approve "Sea Level Rise" Bond Initiative

Yesterday, Miami voters approved a $400 million dollar general obligation bond initiative with nearly half of the bond money ($192 million) going toward infrastructure projects to specifically, “Reduce Flooding Risks; Improve...more

Potential Elimination of Future Private Activity Bonds (including Qualified 501(c)3 Bonds), Advance Refundings, Tax Credit Bonds,...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 2, 2017, the House Committee on Ways and Means released a draft of its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Bill”). The Tax Bill proposes to eliminate the federal tax exemption of interest income from all private...more

Tax Reform Takes Aim at the Municipal Securities Market

by Clark Hill PLC on

Only one week after Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced "very strong bipartisan support" for the preservation of the tax exemption for municipal bonds, H.R. -- the Tax Cuts and...more

Summary of State and Local Government Bond Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Republican leadership of the United States House of Representatives introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Bill”). The Bill would make significant changes to tax rules that apply to tax-exempt...more

Conduit Financing With Tax-Exempt Bonds

The purpose of this pamphlet, part of our Public Finance Green Book Series, is to assist conduit issuers in identifying issues and setting up policies and procedures related to their tax-exempt bond programs and their...more

Reported Criminal Probes Regarding Bond Valuations Highlight the Importance of Valuation Procedures

According to recent news reports, the DOJ and the SEC are investigating the possible improper use of third-party broker quotes by hedge fund managers to value illiquid debt securities in their portfolios. Prosecutors are...more

Bond Fraud Trial Shows Need to Scrutinize Municipal Revenue Generation

Ramapo, N.Y., Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence is in the middle of a multi-week trial on two dozen securities fraud charges stemming from municipal bond issuances and accounting practices in Ramapo, a Rockland County...more

Minibonds

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts recently sold $2,000,000 of community sourced-minibonds (the “Community Bonds”) to finance various capital projects, including school building renovations and street and sidewalk...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 4th Quarter 2016

by Perkins Coie on

ECONOMIC REVIEW AND OUTLOOK - In this past year we were reminded again to expect the unexpected: The well-established political classes in the U.K., the U.S. and Italy learned that democracy was their Achilles’ heel, and...more

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to Settle SEC Disclosure Law Violations - Agrees to Admit Wrongdoing and Pay Penalty for...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Jan. 10, 2017, that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay a $400,000 penalty in connection with...more

SEC Scores First Muni Issuer's Admission of Wrongdoing

by Burr & Forman on

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay a $400,000 penalty to settle SEC charges that it failed to adequately disclose project risks to investors purchasing $2.3 billion in...more

Jury Finds Miami and Former Budget Director Guilty of Securities Fraud

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the first federal jury trial by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a municipality or its officers, jurors found that the City of Miami, Florida (Miami or the City) and its former budget director...more

Management Contracts & Private Business Use–IRS Releases Favorable Guidance

by Bracewell LLP on

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

SEC & MSRB’s Pay-to-Play Rule: “Governing Games - Mocking, Part 2”

by Burr & Forman on

This SRO gamesmanship is making a mockery of governing. The latest is the SEC’s position that it didn’t take any action on the new MSRB Rules extending pay-to-play prohibitions to municipal advisors, so it can’t be sued...more

California State Treasurer Sets His Sights on Curbing Pay-to-Play in the Municipal Bond Arena

by Dentons on

While it’s easy for mainstream news outlets to get caught up in the mid-summer drama of Vice-Presidential selections, national political party conventions, and the geopolitical repercussions of Brexit, we here at Pay to Play...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 2nd Quarter 2016

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - The markets endured much drama in the two weeks leading up to quarter - end as the surprise exit of the U.K. from the European Union rattled investors. Brexit knocked over 5% off of the S&P...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 3rd Quarter 2015

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - China’s move to devalue its currency in late August set off a wave of selling and renewed volatility across global markets that continued through September. Enduring its worst quarter since...more

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

by Locke Lord LLP on

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

Recent Developments in China Bond Markets

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Tapping the Euromarkets - A number of Chinese issuers have issued bonds in the European debt markets recently. To date in 2015, more than ten Chinese companies have issued in excess of €9 billion of Euro-denominated...more

The Cost of Water is Rising – Financing Tools and Strategies to Help Communities Pay

by Butler Snow LLP on

Across America, the cost of water is rising. Getting clean drinking water is not as easy as turning on the faucet. Not only is access to safe water a growing issue across America — it is an expensive one too. Local elected...more

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