MSRB Seeks Additional Comment on Requirements for Obtaining CUSIP Numbers

Date: June 1, 2017

Contact: Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer


Washington, DC - The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) is seeking additional public comment on draft amendments to MSRB Rule G-34, on obtaining CUSIP numbers. Consistent with its previous proposal, the MSRB’s revised draft amendments clarify the obligations of municipal securities dealers to obtain CUSIP numbers for new issue securities sold in private placement transactions, including direct purchases, and require all municipal advisors to obtain CUSIP numbers in competitive offerings. However, the MSRB is now requesting input on possible exceptions from each of these requirements in certain limited circumstances. 

"In light of feedback from municipal market participants, the MSRB has modified its draft amendments to include a principles-based exception from the proposed requirements," said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly. "The MSRB appreciates the thoughtful participation of commenters in the rulemaking process and invites further dialogue on how to ensure CUSIP number requirements appropriately reduce investor risk and regulatory uncertainty."

The draft amendments would provide an exception to the requirements of Rule G-34 for municipal securities purchased directly by a bank where the underwriter on the transaction or the municipal advisor advising an issuer in a competitive offering reasonably believes that the bank is likely to hold the municipal securities to maturity or limit resale of the municipal securities to another bank. Dealers and municipal advisors relying on the exception would be expected to have in place policies and procedures reasonably designed to assist in their determinations.

Comments on the revised draft amendments should be submitted no later than June 30, 2017. Read the request for comment

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.