PALM BEACH, FLA. -- Ed Fierro, a former Securities and Exchange Commission municipal securities official, has joined the law firm, Bracewell LLP, as senior counsel.

Fierro, who was counsel to the director of the SEC's Office of Municipal Securities, will serve as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter's counsel as part of Bracewell's public finance practice.

"Ed brings comprehensive knowledge of federal securities laws to Bracewell, further strengthening the firm's robust public finance practice," said Barron F. Wallace, co-chair of the public finance practice. "His in-depth knowledge of the municipal-related issues affecting our clients is a significant asset to Bracewell."

At the SEC, Fierro helped implement the commission's short-term fixed income market structure initiatives and the municipal advisor regulatory regime. He reviewed examination findings and enforcement actions. He also worked on proposed amendments to the SEC's Rule 15c2-12 on disclosure, under which issuers must contractually agree to disclose annual financial and operating information, as well as material event notices when events occur, in order for firms to underwrite their bonds.

Fierro joined the SEC's muni office in the fall of 2013 from Goldman Sachs where he was vice president of municipal markets sales and trading compliance.

Prior to joining Goldman, he worked at Sidley Austin LLP in New York, serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters' counsel and purchaser's counsel in transactions that included general obligation bond, revenue bond, and other public finance offerings. He practiced at the firm for seven years, until June 2013 from 2006, after an internship during the summer of 2005.

Before Sidley, Fierro worked at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, and was a judicial extern, another term for intern, for Judge George B. Daniels in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan.

Fierro served in the U.S. Army from 1996-1999 and joined the California National Guard as a legal administrative clerk from 1999-2001. While with the guard, he assisted soldiers filing paperwork for veterans' benefits.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree from California State University at San Marcos and obtained a law degree from the University of California at Berkley.

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