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Notice 2020-01 - Informational Notice
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Bank Dealers, Dealers, Municipal Advisors

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Rule G-11

Notice 2019-15 - Approval Notice
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Notice 2019-10 - Informational Notice
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Notice 2019-01 - Request for Comment
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Bank Dealers, Dealers

1. Bond Dealers of America: Letter from Mike Nicholas, Chief Executive Officer, dated March 5, 2019

2. Regional Brokers, Inc.: Letter from H. Deane Armstrong, CCO, and Joseph A. Hemphill, CEO, dated March 7, 2019

3. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association: Letter from Leslie M. Norwood, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, dated March 6, 2019

Notice 2018-17 - Regulatory Reminder
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Notice 2018-15 - Request for Comment
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Bank Dealers, Dealers, Municipal Advisors

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Rule G-11, Rule G-32

1. Acacia Financial Group, Inc.: Letter from Noreen P. White, Co-President, and Kim M. Whelan, Co-President, dated September 17, 2018

2. Bond Dealers of America: Letter from Mike Nicholas, Chief Executive Officer, dated September 17, 2018

3. C F I: Email from Stephen Holstein dated July 25, 2018

4. Ehlers Associates, Inc.: Letter from Steve Apfelbacher dated September 17, 2018

5. Government Finance Officers Association: Letter from Emily S. Brock, Director, Federal Liaison Center, dated September 19, 2018 

6. National Association of Municipal Advisors: Letter from Susan Gaffney, Executive Director, dated September 18, 2018

7. National Federation of Municipal Analysts: Letter from Julie Egan, NFMA Industry Practices and Procedures Chair, and Lisa Washburn, NFMA Industry Practices and Procedures Co-Chair, dated September 17, 2018

8. Office of the Investor Advocate, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Letter from Rick A. Fleming, Investor Advocate, dated September 17, 2018

9. Public Resources Advisory Group: Letter from Marianne F. Edmonds dated September 18, 2018

10. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association: Letter from Leslie M. Norwood, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, dated September 17, 2018

Notice 2017-19 - Request for Comment
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Bank Dealers, Dealers, Municipal Advisors

Rule Number:

Rule G-11, Rule G-32

1. Bond Dealers of America: Letter from Mike Nicholas, Chief Executive Officer, dated November 16, 2017

2. City of San Diego: Letter

3. Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation: Email from Stephan Wolf dated November 6, 2017

4. Government Finance Officers Association: Letter from Emily Brock, Director, Federal Liaison Center, dated November 27, 2017

5. Michael Paganini: Email dated September 15, 2017

6. National Association of Bond Lawyers: Letter from Alexandra M. MacLennan, President, dated November 17, 2017

7. National Association of Municipal Advisors: Letter from Susan Gaffney, Executive Director, dated November 13, 2017

8. National Federation of Municipal Analysts: Letter from Julie Egan, Chair, and Lisa Washburn, Industry Practices and Procedures Chair, dated November 9, 2017

9. Robert W. Doty: Letter dated November 2, 2017

10. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association: Letter from Leslie M. Norwood, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, dated November 15, 2017

11. TMC Bonds: Letter from John S. Craft, Managing Director, dated November 13, 2017

12. Wells Capital Management Incorporated: Letter from Gilbert L. Southwell III, Vice President, dated November 1, 2017

Notice 2013-21 - Informational Notice
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Notice 2013-20 - Informational Notice
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Notice 2012-58 - Request for Comment
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Bank Dealers, Dealers

Rule Number:

Rule G-11

1. Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia: Letter from James E. Fuller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, dated December 21, 2012

2. National Association of Independent Public Finance Advisors: Letter from Jeanine Rodgers Caruso, President, dated December 21, 2012

Notice 2012-50 - Request for Comment
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Bank Dealers, Dealers, Municipal Advisors


1.  Bond Dealers of America: Letter from Michael Nicholas, Chief Executive Officer, dated November 2, 2012

2.  Dorsey & Company, Inc.: Letter from Steven Rueb, Vice President, dated November 14, 2012

3.  Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P.: Letter from David Fischer-Lodike, Capital Markets & Operations Compliance, dated November 2, 2012

4.  Financial Planning Association: Letter from David A. Cohen, Assistant Director - Government Relations, dated November 2, 2012

5.  Government Finance Officers Association: Letter from Susan Gaffney, Director, Federal Liaison Center, dated November 5, 2012

6.  Investment Company Institute: Letter from Dorothy Donohue, Deputy General Counsel - Securities Regulation, dated November 2, 2012

7.  National Association of Independent Public Finance Advisors: Letter from Jeanine Rodgers Caruso, President, dated November 2, 2012

8.  Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation: Letter from Robert E. Donovan, Executive Director, dated October 15, 2012

9.  Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association: Letter from David L. Cohen, Managing Director, Associate General Counsel, dated November 2, 2012

10.  Vanguard: Letter from Christopher Alwine, Head of Municipal Bond Group, dated November 2, 2012

Notice 2012-36 - Request for Comment
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Bank Dealers, Dealers

Rule Number:

Rule G-11


1.  Investment Company Institute: Letter from Dorothy Donohue, Deputy General Counsel - Securities Regulation, dated August 10, 2012

2.  Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia: Letter from James E. Fuller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, dated August 13, 2012

3.  National Association of Independent Public Finance Advisors: Letter from Colette J. Irwin-Knott, President, dated August 13, 2012

4.  National Federation of Municipal Analysts: Letter from Lisa Good, Executive Director, dated July 30, 2012

5.  New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority: Letter from Thomas G. Paolicelli, Executive Director, dated July 24, 2012

6.  Nuveen Asset Management: Letter from Cadmus Hicks, Managing Director, dated August 7, 2012

7.  Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation: Letter from Robert E. Donovan, Executive Director, dated July 24, 2012

8.  Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association: Letter from Leslie M. Norwood, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, dated August 13, 2012

9.  Standish Mellon Asset Management: E-mail from David Belton dated August 9, 2012

Notice 2012-13 - Request for Comment
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1.  Alamo Capital: E-mail from Bill Mullally dated March 9, 2012

2.  Bond Dealers of America: Letter from Michael Nicholas, Chief Executive Officer, dated April 13, 2012

3.  CFA Institute: Letter from Kurt N. Schacht, Managing Director, Standards and Financial Market Integrity, and James C. Allen, Head, Capital Markets Policy, dated April 13, 2012

4.  Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P.: Letter from David E. Fischer-Lodike, Capital Markets and Operations Compliance, dated April 13, 2012

5.  Full Life Financial LLC: Letter from Keith Newcomb, Portfolio Manager, dated April 13, 2012

6.  Government Finance Officers Association: Letter from Susan Gaffney, Director, Federal Liaison Center, dated April 13, 2012

7.  Investment Company Institute: Letter from Dorothy Donohue, Deputy General Counsel-Securities Regulation, dated April 13, 2012

8.  Li, Richard: Letter dated March 7, 2012

9.  Melton, Chris: E-mail dated April 13, 2012

10.  National Association of Independent Public Finance Advisors: Letter from Colette J. Irwin-Knott, President, dated April 13, 2012

11.  Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association: Letter from David L. Cohen, Managing Director, Associate General Counsel, dated April 13, 2012

12.  Thornburg Investment Management: Letter from Josh Gonze, Chris Ryon, and Chris Ihlefeld, Co-Portfolio Managers, dated March 12, 2012

13.  Vanguard: Letter from Christopher Alwine, Head of Municipal Bond Group, dated April 13, 2012

14.  Wells Fargo Advisors: Letter from Ronald C. Long, Director of Regulatory Affairs, dated April 13, 2012

Interpretive Guidance - Interpretive Notices
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Interpretation on Priority of Orders for Securities in a Primary Offering under Rule G-17
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Rule G-11, Rule G-17

On December 22, 1987, the MSRB published a notice[1] interpreting the fair practice principles of Rule G-17 as they apply to the priority of orders for new issue securities (the “1987 notice”). The MSRB wishes to update the guidance provided in the 1987 notice due to changes in the marketplace and subsequent amendments to Rule G-11.

Rule G-11(e) requires syndicates to establish priority provisions and, if such priority provisions may be changed, to specify the procedure for making changes. The rule also permits a syndicate to allow the syndicate manager, on a case-by-case basis, to allocate securities in a manner other than in accordance with the priority provisions if the syndicate manager determines in its discretion that it is in the best interests of the syndicate. Under Rule G-11(f), syndicate managers must furnish information, in writing, to the syndicate members about terms and conditions required by the issuer,[2] priority provisions and the ability of the syndicate manager to allocate away from the priority provisions, among other things. Syndicate members must promptly furnish this information, in writing, to others upon request. This requirement was adopted to allow prospective purchasers to frame their orders to the syndicate in a manner that would enhance their ability to obtain securities since the syndicate’s allocation procedures would be known.

In addition to traditional priority provisions found in syndicate agreements, municipal securities underwriters frequently agree to other terms and conditions specified by the issuer of the securities relating to the distribution of the issuer’s securities. Such provisions include, but are not limited to, requirements concerning retail order periods. MSRB Rule G-17 states that, in the conduct of its municipal securities business, each broker, dealer, and municipal securities dealer (“dealer”) shall deal fairly with all persons and shall not engage in any deceptive, dishonest or unfair practice. These requirements specifically apply to an underwriter’s activities conducted with a municipal securities issuer, including any commitments that the underwriter makes regarding the distribution of the issuer’s securities. An underwriter may violate the duty of fair dealing by making such commitments to the issuer and then failing to honor them. This could happen, for example, if an underwriter fails to accept, give priority to, or allocate to retail orders in conformance with the provisions agreed to in an undertaking to provide a retail order period. A dealer who wishes to allocate securities in a manner that is inconsistent with an issuer’s requirements must not do so without the issuer’s consent.

Except as otherwise provided in this notice, principles of fair dealing will require the syndicate manager to give priority to customer orders over orders for its own account, orders by other members of the syndicate for their own accounts, orders from persons controlling, controlled by, or under common control with any syndicate member (“affiliates”) for their own accounts, or orders for their respective related accounts,[3] to the extent feasible and consistent with the orderly distribution of securities in a primary offering. This principle may affect a wide range of dealers and their related accounts given changes in organizational structures due to consolidations, acquisitions, and other corporate actions that have, in many cases, resulted in increasing numbers of dealers, and their related dealer accounts, becoming affiliated with one another.

Rule G-17 does not require the syndicate manager to accord greater priority to customer orders over orders submitted by non-syndicate dealers (including selling group members). However, prioritization of customer orders over orders of non-syndicate dealers may be necessary to honor terms and conditions agreed to with issuers, such as requirements relating to retail orders.

The MSRB understands that syndicate managers must balance a number of competing interests in allocating securities in a primary offering and must be able quickly to determine when it is appropriate to allocate away from the priority provisions, to the extent consistent with the issuer’s requirements. Thus, Rule G-17 does not preclude the syndicate manager or managers from according equal or greater priority to orders by syndicate members for their own accounts, affiliates for their own accounts, or their respective related accounts if, on a case-by-case basis, the syndicate manager determines in its discretion that it is in the best interests of the syndicate. However, the syndicate manager shall have the burden of justifying that such allocation was in the best interests of the syndicate. Syndicate managers should ensure that all allocations, even those away from the priority provisions, are fair and reasonable and consistent with principles of fair dealing under Rule G-17.

It should be noted that all of the principles of fair dealing articulated in this notice extend to any underwriter of a primary offering, whether a sole underwriter, a syndicate manager, or a syndicate member.


[1] MSRB Notice of Interpretation Concerning Priority of Orders for New Issue Securities: Rule G-17 (December 22, 1987).

[2] The requirements of Rule G-11(f) with respect to issuer requirements were adopted by the MSRB in 1998. See Exchange Act Release No. 40717 (November 27, 1998) (File No. SR-MSRB-97-15).

[3] “Related account” has the meaning set forth in Rule G-11(a)(xi).
 
Notice 2010-26 - Informational Notice
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Notice 2010-23 - Informational Notice
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Notice 2009-59 - Informational Notice
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Notice 2009-55 - Informational Notice
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Notice 2009-47 - Request for Comment
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Rule G-11, Rule G-17


Comments on MSRB Notice 2009-47 (August 11, 2009)

  1. First Southwest Company: Letter from Carl Giles, Managing Director, dated September 10, 2009
  2. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority: Letter from Lynn Hampton, CPA, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, dated August 18, 2009
  3. Regional Bond Dealers Association: Letter from Michael Decker, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Mike Nicholas, Co-Chief Executive Officer, dated September 11, 2009
  4. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association: Letter from Leon J. Bijou, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, dated September 11, 2009
  5. Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC: Letter from Napoleon Brandford, III, Chairman, dated September 8, 2009
Notice 2009-46 - Informational Notice
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Notice 2009-20 - Request for Comment
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Rule G-11, Rule G-12


Comments on MSRB Notice 2009-20 (May 12, 2009)

  1. First Southwest Company: Letter from Hill A. Feinberg, Chairman, dated June 26, 2009
  2. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association: Letter from Leslie M. Norwood, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, dated June 29, 2009