CREFC Urges the SEC to Permanently Exempt 144A CMBS from 15c2-11 Disclosure
November 21, 2022.
Last Friday, CREFC met with SEC staff of Chairman Gary Gensler regarding SEC Rule 15c2-11. CREFC urged the SEC to extend the December 2021 No Action Letter to permanently exempt 144A CMBS from 15c2-11.
Why it matters: Beginning on January 4, 2023, broker-dealers will be required to confirm that the issuer’s information is publicly available before they can freely quote Rule 144A securities. This new interpretation of securities law could impact liquidity for 144A bonds, which a number of CREFC members use for private placement CMBS and CRE CLOs.
Highlights from the meeting are below:
- SEC staff pointed to Gensler’s recent remarks at a Healthy Markets Conference where he said the SEC was working on addressing the 15c2-11 issue in the near term. Gensler’s specific remarks during the Q&A were not publicly available nor widely reported.
- SEC staff did not elaborate on the substance of its action, but expect to release something in the next few weeks regarding the No Action Letter.
- Industry advocates are hopeful that the SEC action will delay or exempt application of 15c2-11 to 144A issuances.
What’s next: CREFC continues to work with policymakers and members to highlight why application of 15c2-11 to 144A private debt markets provides no additional investor benefit and upends the 144A market for CMBS borrowers and investors.
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