MSRB to Host Education and Outreach Seminar in Denver

Date: June 16, 2011

Contact: Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer
             (703) 797-6600


Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) announced today it will host an education and outreach event for Denver-area municipal market professionals on July 26, 2011. The event will provide an opportunity for industry professionals to learn about the MSRB’s expanded mission to protect municipal entities and its rulemaking for municipal advisors and dealers.

The Denver seminar will be held Tuesday, July 26, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MST at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202. A reception will follow the seminar.

The seminar is open to all members of the municipal securities community. There is no cost to attend; however, pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Tina Hanachi at

Consistent with the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as of October 1, 2010, the MSRB’s mission includes the protection of state and local government entities and others whose credit stands behind municipal bonds. The MSRB also now oversees municipal advisors that provide advice to these entities on a range of municipal securities or investment-related matters and that solicit certain business from these entities on behalf of others. This oversight is in addition to the MSRB’s existing regulation of banks and securities firms that engage in municipal securities business.

The MSRB protects investors, state and local governments and other municipal entities, and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. The MSRB fulfills this mission by regulating the municipal securities firms, banks and municipal advisors that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. To further protect market participants, the MSRB provides market transparency through its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, the official repository for information on all municipal bonds. The MSRB also serves as an objective resource on the municipal market, conducts extensive education and outreach to market stakeholders, and provides market leadership on key issues. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a 21-member board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.