• Member Spotlight

Ed Fierro, Bracewell LLP, San Antonio, TX

His experience in the municipal securities industry also includes working in the legal and compliance departments of two investment banks. In those roles, Ed advised on legal, compliance and regulatory issues related to sales, trading and underwriting of municipal securities, including ensuring compliance with applicable rules promulgated by the SEC, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board…

Ed Fierro, Bracewell LLP, San Antonio, TX

Tell us a little about yourself – your family, your hobbies, etc.

I’m originally from San Diego. My family has a tradition of serving in the military that goes back five generations.  While serving in the U.S. Army, I restored and customized a car that was featured in Lowrider magazine.  I began practicing public finance in NYC. My wife and I were married in Central Park. For the past decade, I’ve celebrated New Years in a remote Russian village. I’ve taught Russian children how to play baseball and make s’mores. Last year, an IPA was named after me at Atrevida Beer Company in Colorado Springs. My wife and I are passionate about traveling and learning about different cultures. 

What were the top reasons you first joined NABL, and why do you renew your membership each year?  

I first joined NABL because of the quality of NABL’s continuing education programs and publications. I renew each year because of the camaraderie amongst the membership. While many of us are competitors, we share a common goal of sharing and advancing our knowledge.    

As the chair of the Understanding the Role of Municipal Advisors panel sessions at The Workshop, what are some takeaways attendees can expect from these sessions this year?  

We have an exciting program planned and a terrific group of panelists, including representatives from the SEC, MSRB and FINRA. The key takeaway of the introductory session is to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the regulations that impact municipal advisors. The key takeaway of the advanced session is to provide you with an understanding of enforcement actions, risk areas and complex issues that arise when applying the regulations.      

What would you say to those involved in public finance to encourage them to attend The Workshop?  

Tremendous planning has gone into this year’s program. The steering committee has worked diligently to provide you with content reflecting current issues affecting public finance.  I encourage you to come learn more about these issues and how they may impact your current practice.