New York, NY, September 03, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Alan B. Linkous, Attorney, Howell Linkous & Nettles, LLC will speak at the Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Municipal Bonds: Maximizing Opportunities and Minimizing Risks in 2015 & Beyond.” This event is scheduled for November 18, 2015 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).
For further details, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/event_name/municipal-bonds-maximizing-opportunities-and-minimizing-risks-in-2015-beyond-live-webcast/
About Alan B. Linkous
Alan Linkous is an attorney in private practice in Charleston, South Carolina. He concentrates his practice in public finance, primarily in the roles of bond counsel, disclosure counsel, or underwriter’s counsel in municipal bond transactions. His experience regularly includes financings of governmental administrative facilities, water & sewer utilities, natural gas utilities, student housing, affordable multi-family housing projects, charter schools, solid waste disposal facilities, health care facilities, industrial development projects, and transportation and parking facilities.
As bond counsel or disclosure counsel, Mr. Linkous typically represents cities, counties, authorities, state institutions or agencies, special purpose governmental entities, or Native American tribes in the issuance of debt. As underwriter’s counsel or placement agent’s counsel, he represents regional or national investment banking firms or banks in the public sale or private placement of debt.
Mr. Linkous is licensed to practice law in both South Carolina and Georgia, and is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He also has prior experience in banking, as a commercial lender.
About Howell Linkous & Nettles, LLC
Howell Linkous & Nettles, LLC is a boutique bond counsel firm located in Charleston, South Carolina and concentrating in the related practice areas of municipal bonds, local government law, economic development incentives, and affordable housing finance. The firm is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and all of the firm’s attorneys are members of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Howell Linkous & Nettles is the top Disclosure Counsel firm in South Carolina, and regularly ranked as one of the Top 5 bond counsel firms in South Carolina by The Bond Buyer, the daily trade publication of the municipal bond industry.
Recent defaults, bankruptcies and fiscal challenges have raised concerns regarding the security and credit worthiness of municipal bonds. The City of Detroit’s financial collapse in 2013 directly affected the municipal bond market in this manner.
Historically, the risks associated with municipal bonds have been largely controlled by tax policies and interest rates and generally have been relatively low. Overall, municipal bonds have tended to be perceived as more secure investments than corporate bonds and other types of securities. Although municipal bonds have generally provided lower interest rates (yields), their favorable taxation treatment has made them highly-attractive investments.
However, recent developments and trends have called into question this traditional view of the municipal bond market, raising issues concerning the risks of these investments. There has been an increase in litigation, including enforcement proceedings and actions, as a result of the heightened scrutiny of the market by the SEC and other regulators. Understanding and assessing the risks is critical in order to minimize exposure and maximize the benefits associated with municipal bonds.
In this two-hour, Live Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will review the historical trends in the municipal bond market; discuss current developments, key issues and challenges facing the market; discuss current risks, and increased litigation and regulatory scrutiny and enforcement; and explain how market participants can take steps to maximize opportunities and minimize risks. The panel of speakers will provide insight into the market trends and regulatory and litigation issues for bond issuers, broker-dealers, advisors, and legal counsel.
Topics that will be covered in this course are:
− Historical Trends in the Municipal Bond Market
− Current Developments and Updates
− Key Issues and Challenges Facing the Market
− Current Risks and Opportunities
− Litigation, Regulatory Scrutiny and Enforcement
− Best Practices to Mitigate Risk
About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/.