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
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Carol McCoog has been elected President-elect of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL).
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This Advisory examines how, for the first time, the SEC has brought charges against underwriters who fail to meet the legal requirements of the limited offering exemption provided by Rule 15c2-12 in connection with offerings of municipal securities.
- Municipal Market — Federal Securities Law Update (2022)
This Hawkins Advisory provides an update on the municipal securities market and related federal securities law regulation. In particular, this Advisory reviews (i) the current composition of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and its regulatory priorities; (ii) the SEC’s proposed rules on climate change disclosure and other environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) initiatives; (iii) developments in cybersecurity disclosure; and (iv) recent SEC enforcement actions in the municipal securities market.
- Hawkins Served as Counsel to Two Bond Buyer Deal of the Year Winning Transactions
Hawkins is proud to have served as special and lead outside counsel on two financings that were finalists for The Bond Buyer deal of the year award for 2021 and winners in their respective categories. This year’s deals reflect the substantial expertise of Hawkins’ transportation industry attorneys.