The tax supporting a $38 million bond deal for a rural Alabama hospital faces a legal challenge, though supporters say a state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot should cure the problem for Chilton County and other localities, including Jefferson County.
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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority examiners are probing firms involvement with bank loans and other alternative financings in the municipal market, a FINRA official said at an industry seminar here. more »
While the Securities and Exchange Commission remains silent on whether there will be more settlements under its continuing disclosure enforcement initiative, an SEC official said any party that voluntarily submitted potential violations will be told whether the commission plans to take action against them. more »
The Internal Revenue Service's Office of Tax-Exempt Bonds has told its auditors that, if an issuer redeems 100% of the outstanding principal amount of its tax-exempt or tax-credit bonds, the audit can be closed without further TEB action. more »
The former head of the Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt bond office says TEB is ignoring alleged violations on a financing for a Syracuse mall that benefited from breaks sought by Hillary Clinton. more »
R. Seelaus & Co., Carty & Co., and Emmet & Co. have agreed to pay a total of $83,000 to settle separate charges by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority related to unfair markups, trading below the minimum denomination, and trade reporting failures involving municipal securities. more »
Miami agreed to pay $1 million to settle securities fraud charges after the city was found guilty by a local jury of playing a shell game to hide its deteriorating financial condition from bondholders. more »
The Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement divisions heightened attention on the municipal market and application of new legal techniques to that enforcement are here to stay, according to the commissions top cop, Andrew Ceresney. more »
A judge has agreed to put Peter Cannava back into a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit that alleges the Wells Fargo banker aided and abetted the defrauding of investors in connection with a private placement by 38 Studios. more »
Securities and Exchange Commission examinations of municipal advisors over the past two years found fiduciary duty and fair dealing violations, said SEC officials who cautioned the number of MA exams will increase in 2017. more »
Peter Cannava is fighting the Securities and Exchange Commissions attempt to put him back into its lawsuit over 38 Studios private placement by trying to amend the complaint to include more details about his alleged aiding and abetting the defrauding of investors. more »
Manhattan Institute senior fellow Nicole Gelinas discusses the many challenges facing New York regional transportation with The Bond Buyer's Paul Burton and Andrew Coen. Topics include capital funding, Port Authority and MTA megaprojects and alternative funding to counter the L subway line shutdown.