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BY CHARLES CAREY On March 19, the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Bulletin http://www.sec.gov/investor/alerts/municipalbonds.htm to help educate individual investors about municipal bonds. While the Investor Bulletin is fairly basic and addressed primarily...
The IRS has announced the procedures, and settlement cost methodology, for issuers seeking to preserve the tax-exemption of those student loan bonds that are at risk of being declared taxable due to the issuer's attempted compliance with arbitrage restrictions using a loan-swapping technique...
BY LEN WEISER-VARON On March 19, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations released a National Examination Risk Alert http://www.sec.gov/about/offices/ocie/riskalert-muniduediligence.pdf reporting on its examinations of broker-dealers for compliance with municipal bond...
By LEN WEISER-VARON The MSRB has put out for comment a proposed interpretive notice http://www.msrb.org/Rules-and-Interpretations/Regulatory-Notices/2012/2012-04.aspx designed to eliminate or reduce instances in which underwriters of new bonds issued under a parity indenture or bond resolution...
Regulations Issued for Remote Participation in Meetings Subject to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law
By JOHN R. REGIER The Massachusetts Attorney General recently promulgated regulations authorizing remote participation in meetings subject to the Open Meeting Law under certain prescribed circumstances. The Massachusetts Open Meeting Law has long required public bodies to conduct their business in...
BY BILL KANNEL AND ADRIENNE WALKER The bankruptcy court ruled today that the City of Harrisburg’s Chapter 9 petition filed by the Harrisburg City Council was not specifically authorized under Pennsylvania law. After extensive briefing from the parties concerning, among other things, the...
BY BILL KANNEL As expected the Harrisburg City Council has filed a reply to the numerous objections to the Chapter 9 filing of Harrisburg initiated by the City Council. The City Council’s brief (harrisburg response.pdf) appears to be the only timely filed reply to the objections...
BY JEREMY SPECTOR Following the advent of Build America Bonds (BABs) in 2009 and securities law rulemaking that has resulted in the posting of virtually instantaneous trading data on the EMMA website (msrb.emma.org) hosted by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), the IRS has repeatedly...
BY BILL KANNEL The bankruptcy court in the City of Harrisburg's Chapter 9 proceeding held a hearing on Tuesday, November 1 on the Mayor’s motion for an order clarifying that the City had the ability to pay its debts in the ordinary course. The court found that given the limitation on...
BY BILL KANNEL As expected a number of objections to the Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition filed by the Harrisburg city council were filed on Friday October 28, the deadline set by the Bankruptcy Court for such objections. As expected both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Harrisburg...