SEC's Walter Calls for "Crack Down" on Underwriters Touting Delinquent Municipal Issuers
The new SEC Chairman wants to prosecute those underwriters who recommend municipal issuers who hae "persistent and material" disclosure delinquencies.
In particular, the SEC may apply a stricter interpretation of previous guidelines that it issued for these underwriters. Such an interpretation would relate to the issuers' accuracy and completeness pertaining to its disclosures. The SEC may also amend Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Rule 15c2-12, governing broker-dealers and municipal securities dealers disclosure obligations for municipal bond offerings.
It is likely that there will be no legislative fix, and the SEC may then act accordingly.