WASHINGTON — The Regional Bond Dealers Association has retained the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP to help it develop legislative and regulatory strategies and proposals for municipal bonds and fixed-income products. The group plans to hire two lobbyists and policy analysts later this year, Mike Nicholas, RBDA’s chief executive officer said yesterday.

RBDA said that it will work closely with two former Internal Revenue Service officials who are now at Nixon Peabody — Gary Bornholdt, former legislative counsel to the Joint Tax Committee, and Mitchell Rapaport, who is also special tax counsel to the Government Finance Officers Association’s debt committee.

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