MCDC Settlements with Issuers
Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) entered into cease‐and‐desist settlement orders with 71 municipal issuers and obligated persons, across 45 states, that had self‐reported pursuant to the SEC’s Division of Enforcement’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. The SEC had previously settled, in three separate announcements, with 72 underwriting firms, which the SEC has noted comprised approximately 96% of the market share for municipal underwritings. It is unclear from today’s SEC press release whether there will be additional settlement orders with other municipal issuers and obligated persons.
Also of Interest
- Municipal Market Regulatory Update
This Hawkins Advisory describes the proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 and provides a summary and analysis of SEC municipal enforcement actions over the last year.
- Hawkins Assists City and County of San Francisco with Financing of 55-Story Residential Building
In December 2016, Hawkins served as disclosure counsel to the City and County of San Francisco in connection with its issuance of $240 million Variable Rate Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Transbay Block 8 Tower) issued on behalf of an affiliate of the developer, Related Companies. The bonds will finance a portion of the cost of a new $600 million 55-story tower and surrounding buildings in downtown San Francisco.
- MSRB Rule G-42
On December 23, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued an order approving the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (the “MSRB”) new Rule G‐42, on duties of non‐solicitor municipal advisors, and related amendments to its Rule G‐8, on books and records.
- Hawkins Served as Special Disclosure Counsel to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Green Bonds
Hawkins served as special disclosure counsel to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in its issuance of over $1.3 billion of green bonds in 2016.