The MSRB’s amended Rule G-42 becomes effective June 23, prescribing new conduct standards for municipal advisors and for the underwriters working with them. In advance of the effective date, the MSRB has published interpretive guidance on the new Rule:
Broadly speaking, the amended Rule imposes upon municipal advisors
- A fiduciary duty of care and loyalty to municipal entity clients – but only a duty of care to obligated persons (like conduit borrowers);
- A written engagement-letter and conflict-disclosure regime;
- Suitability and know-your-customer obligations; and,
- A list of prohibited practices, including a wide-ranging (but not absolute) ban on principal transactions with municipal entity clients.
I discussed the rule when adopted by the SEC last December, here.
The adopting release, No. 34-76753, is here.