MSRB Announces Webinars for Issuers on Continuing Disclosure Registration

Date: June 18, 2009

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

Sessions Will Explain Confirmation and Agent Designation Process

Alexandria, VA - The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today announced it will host a webinar to assist issuers and others with registering to use the continuing disclosure service of the MSRB's Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) system.  The webinar sessions, to be held June 25, 2009 and June 29, 2009, will provide an overview of the steps involved in registration, confirmation and agent designation.  These webinars are follow-ons to an earlier webinar that covered the submission process.  Information from that webinar is available here.

All webinars associated with continuing disclosure are being offered to help prepare issuers for submitting documents to EMMA.  Beginning July 1, 2009, issuers, obligated persons and their designated agents will be required to submit continuing disclosure documents - such as annual financial and operating information about issuers, audited financial statements and notices of material events - to the EMMA website.  The MSRB is operating a pilot continuing disclosure system during June so that issuers can register and test the submission process, and make voluntary submissions. 

Pre-registration for the upcoming webinars is required and can be completed via the links below. There is no charge to attend.

June 25, 2009 2:30 pm ET.  To register, click here.
June 29, 2009 2:30 pm ET.  To register, click here.

In July, the MSRB will also be offering webinars covering the entire continuing disclosure process every Monday at 2:30 p.m.  Please see the Upcoming EMMA Events section on to register for these sessions.

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.