National Muni Bond Summit

The Bond Buyer and the Regional Bond Dealers Association Announce First-Ever National Municipal Bond Summit; Feb. 19-20

NEW YORK, October 29, 2008

The Bond Buyer, SourceMedia’s daily newspaper of municipal finance, and the Regional Bond Dealers Association today announced they will co-sponsor a first-of-its-kind National Municipal Bond Summit at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami on February 19-20, 2009.

The event will bring together all sectors of the market – from broker-dealers specializing in underwriting, selling and trading municipal bonds to the public-sector employees who borrow the money – to discuss the fundamental challenges posed to the industry by the ongoing credit crunch.

“Considering the ongoing credit crisis and the effects on so many aspects of the municipal bond market, it has never been more important to gather together all market participants as well as regulators and key policy makers for this unique event,” said Mike Nicholas, Co-CEO of the Regional Bond Dealers Association. “We’re looking forward to working with The Bond Buyer in structuring this very important and timely conference.”

In addition to addressing the current market dislocations, the conference will tackle broader issues, including the need for new approaches to funding infrastructure and the question of how the legal and regulatory framework governing the market should evolve to address investor needs and the opportunities and risks posed by the introduction of new technologies.

“One of The Bond Buyer’s core missions is facilitating the open exchange of ideas among the market’s leaders – and the market turmoil of the past year has made that role more crucial than ever,” said Michael Stanton, The Bond Buyer’s publisher. “We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with the RBDA to assemble a large, diverse and thoughtful audience to address some of the most significant challenges the market has ever faced.”

About RBDA:
The Regional Bond Dealers Association is a like-minded group of regional, fixed-income securities dealers with common interests and challenges. The RBDA works passionately to promote public policies and market practices specific to regional, fixed-income that will improve the market environment and provides a forum for its members to debate and discuss issues of common interest. The RBDA also informs its members of regulatory and legislative developments affecting their business operations and provides a clearinghouse for members to examine and review bond market industry issues. The RBDA provides educational opportunities for industry professionals through conferences, seminars and roundtables and works in cooperation with other industry and issuer organizations on issues of mutual concern in order to promote common interests.

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About The Bond Buyer and SourceMedia:
The Bond Buyer is SourceMedia’s 117-year-old daily newspaper of municipal finance, and is distributed in print and online to an audience of more than 15,000 municipal bond professionals nationwide. The Bond Buyer Conferences reach more than 1,500 attendees each year and are the market’s premier venues for education and professional development.

SourceMedia, an Investcorp company, is the pre-eminent provider of timely and essential news, analysis, research, and insights for members of the financial services community, and the related fields of professional services and technology. SourceMedia offers its clients and subscribers professional publications, industry-standard data applications and in-depth seminars and conferences.

News Release Contacts:

Mike Nicholas
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Regional Bond Dealers Association

Michael Stanton
EVP & Publisher
The Bond Buyer

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