• Permanent Municipal Advisor Registration Rules Effective July 1, 2014
  • July 8, 2014 | Author: J. Andrew Gipson
  • Law Firm: Jones Walker LLP - Jackson Office
  • Following a five-month temporary stay, the Securities and Exchange Commission's permanent municipal advisor registration rules will take effect July 1, 2014. A number of banks (or separately identifiable departments or divisions) providing municipal advice may be required to register as municipal advisors under the registration rules. Municipal advisors that registered temporarily on Form MA-T must file Forms MA, MA-I, MA-NR, and/or MA-W according to the schedule which can be found at http://www.ccclients.com/nl/joneswalker/nlimages201012/files/banking.pdf. Instructions for each of the municipal advisor forms are available at http://www.sec.gov/about/forms/formmadata.pdf.

    Meanwhile, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board ("MSRB") continues to implement various municipal advisor rulemaking proceedings, including its pending standards of conduct, supervision requirements, and professional qualification proposed rules, drafts of which are available at http://www.msrb.org/MSRB-For/Municipal-Advisors/News-and-Resources.aspx.

    In the near-term, another high priority for the MSRB is the publication for comment of anticipated municipal advisor "pay-to-play" rules. According to the MSRB, the pay-to-play rulemaking should commence prior to year-end.

    On June 19, 2014, the MSRB announced it would host a public education and outreach seminar for municipal market professionals and others in Chicago, Illinois on July 29, 2014. Municipal advisor regulation will be a focus of the seminar.