Readers of this blog know that MSRB Rule G-37 regulates the political contribution activities of banks and other entities which initiate the principal sales of municipal bonds. Specifically, Rule G-37 provides that any broker, dealer or municipal securities dealer which makes a contribution to those who oversee the issuance of such bonds is subject to… Continue Reading
This week, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) requested public comment on draft amendments it is proposing to its rules regulating pay-to-play practices. Here, the MSRB is proposing a revision to Rule G-37 so as to extend its reach to municipal advisors. The regulated community knew this revision was coming last May but now we… Continue Reading
Yesterday, the MSRB filed a proposed rule change with the SEC consisting of interpretive guidance in connection with Rule G-37 and the use of political action committees (“PACs”). The MSRB said it is reviewing the pay-to-play rules because recent consolidation in the financial industry has placed bond dealers under the control of banks, bank holding companies and other companies that have PACs.
On Wednesday, June 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously approved the final text of a new rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 directed at preventing pay-to-play practices by investment advisers.
The SEC has given notice that it intends to take a very active role with respect to pay-to-play issues in the securities markets. It recently issued a report warning firms that municipal securities rules prohibiting pay-to-play apply to affiliated financial professionals, not just a firm’s employees.
The SEC report was issued in connection with an Enforcement Division inquiry into whether JP Morgan Securities Inc. (JPMSI) violated MSRB Rule G-37.
On December 4, 2009, the MSRB filed with the SEC amendments to Rule G-37 and Rule G-8.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given notice that it intends to take a very active role with respect to pay-to-play issues in the securities markets and has put the regulated community on notice that it expects private corporate compliance training to be well under way as well. As we have recently reported, the… Continue Reading