Client News Briefs

Good for a Limited Time Only: MCDC Settlement Offers on the Way

February 2016
Number 5

On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) issued an alert urging bond issuers to be on the lookout for calls from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division with settlement offers under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. Based on the SEC's treatment of underwriters in recent rounds of settlement negotiations (in which underwriters were given as little as one week to agree to settlement terms), the GFOA cautions issuers to be prepared for a similarly short timeline to agree to the terms of settlement.

As we reported in 2014 (see Client News Brief No. 45, July 2014), the MCDC Initiative was launched in early 2014 by the SEC to allow bond issuers and underwriters to self-report potential violations of their disclosure obligations. The deadline for bond issuers to participate in the MCDC Initiative was December 1, 2014.

Careful consideration should be given by any bond issuer, in consultation with its legal experts, before entry into a settlement under the MCDC Initiative. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Lozano Smith negotiated the nation's first settlement under the MCDC Initiative, on behalf of a California school district. Read the article here or here. Our firm has assisted many school districts, community colleges, and other public agencies as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and district counsel. If you have any questions about the MCDC Initiative, please contact one of our nine offices located statewide. You can also visit our website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or download our Client News Brief App.

As the information contained herein is necessarily general, its application to a particular set of facts and circumstances may vary. For this reason, this News Brief does not constitute legal advice. We recommend that you consult with your counsel prior to acting on the information contained herein.