SEC to host muni disclosure conference

The Securities and Exchange Commission will host its Municipal Securities Disclosure Conference May 10, both in-person and virtual, where moderating staff from the Office of Municipal Securities will lead panelists through topics such as ESG, the Financial Data Transparency Act and voluntary disclosure.

The conference will be attended by SEC chairman Gary Gensler, Commissioners Hester Peirce and Jaime Lizárraga as well as director of the OMS Dave Sanchez.

Gensler will give an opening address to kick off the conference that after 15 minutes will be followed by four 75 minute panels, moderated by OMS staff in addition to remarks by Commissioner Peirce and Commissioner Lizárraga between them.

The morning session will kick off with voluntary disclosure, moderated by Adam Wendell, deputy director of the OMS and panelists will include panelists such as Ahmed Abonamah, formerly at the OMS now director of finance for the City of Cleveland, Andrew Kintzinger, counsel at Hunton Andrews Kurth as well as Camille Evans of Virtus and Anne Ross of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.

The other session for the morning will center in on the Financial Data Transparency Act, led by Mary Simpkins, special counsel at the OMS, and will include panelists such as Kimberly Magrini, partner at Ballard Spahr, director of the State of Florida’s Division of Bond Finance Ben Watkins and Michigan state treasurer Rachel Eubanks, among others.

After lunch Commissioner Lizárraga will address the audience until 1:45pm, when the panel entitled “Broad Risks” will kick off led by Mark Elion, senior counsel at OMS. He will be joined by panelists such as Christopher Hammel, senior fellow at Municipal Market Analytics, Nikolai Sklaroff of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, as well as a few others.

Commissioner Hester Peirce will then give her remarks, followed by the final panel of the day, “Hot Topics and Cold Cases,” moderated by director of the OMS Dave Sanchez. He will be accompanied by LeeAnn Gaunt of the Public Finance Abuse Unit, Hillary Phelps, partner at Chapman and Cutler, Brian Reily of Ehlers and Jodie Smith of Maynard Nexsen.

The Commission is accepting registrations for both virtual and in-person attendees until May 5.

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