MSRB SIFMA To Host Regulatory and Compliance Seminars

Date: September 22, 2009

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

New York, Chicago Meetings Open to All Members of the Municipal Securities Community

Alexandria, VA – The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) are pleased to announce they will host two municipal securities seminars this fall covering regulatory and compliance issues.  The first seminar will be held in New York on Monday, October 26, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at SIFMA’s offices, 120 Broadway, 2nd floor.  A second seminar covering the same material will be held in Chicago on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Swissotel Chicago, 323 East Wacker Drive, Gallen Ballroom.  A reception will immediately follow both meetings.  

“The past year has seen significant changes and activity in the municipal bond market and the MSRB is pleased to work with SIFMA to keep market participants informed about the regulatory landscape,” said MSRB Executive Director Lynnette Kelly Hotchkiss.  

The seminars will provide an important update on regulatory and compliance issues in the municipal securities market, as well as a discussion of current market trends.  Staff from the MSRB, SIFMA and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as industry representatives from the dealer, issuer and investor communities will serve as panelists.  Click to view the agendas for the New York or Chicago seminars. 

The seminars are free and open to all members of the municipal securities community, including professionals at municipal securities dealers, asset managers, municipal financial advisors, issuers and bond counsel.  

Pre-registration for the MSRB-SIFMA seminars is required. The registration contact for the New York seminar is Christina Jasmine at (212) 313-1217.  The registration contact for the Chicago seminar is Lisette Rios at (212) 313-1210. To register, please click the appropriate link below:  

MSRB-SIFMA Seminar, October 26, 2009, New York, NY

MSRB-SIFMA Seminar, November 12, 2009, Chicago, IL 

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 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.