HOUSTON – Bracewell LLP, a leading law and government relations firm, is pleased to announce that Ed Fierro, a former official of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Municipal Securities, has joined the firm as senior counsel. Fierro will serve as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel, as part of Bracewell’s public finance practice.
“Ed brings comprehensive knowledge of federal securities laws to Bracewell, further strengthening the firm’s robust public finance practice,” said Partner Barron F. Wallace, co-chair of the public finance practice. “His in-depth knowledge of the municipal-related issues affecting our clients is a significant asset to Bracewell.”
During his career with the SEC, Fierro served as senior counsel to the director of the SEC’s Office of Municipal Securities, where he was responsible for coordinating the agency’s municipal securities activities and administering the rules pertaining to the municipal securities market. He also assisted in implementing the SEC’s short-term fixed income market structure initiatives and the municipal advisor regulatory regime, reviewing examination findings and enforcement actions, and proposing amendments to Rule 15c2-12, which ensures, among other things, that municipal securities issuers enter into agreements to provide certain information to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board about their securities on an ongoing basis.
Fierro launched his public finance career at a major law firm in New York City. Prior to practicing law, he served a combined six years in the United States Army and the California Army National Guard.