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SMITH’s High Yield Municipal Bond Conference

SMITH’s Research & Gradings


Date: October 1, 2015

Location: Hyatt Regency Greenwich, CT


  • Puerto Rico
  • The importance of having purchasers' counsel for non-Rated High Yield Municipal Bonds

About the Event

SMITH's High-Yield Municipal Bond Conference explores the challenges – and opportunities – facing municipal issuers and their debt buyers. The conversation will focus on the numerous sectors in the municipal market that present opportunities for investors with an appetite for risk.

What makes these bonds so alluring and what implications do they present for the credit markets?

SMITH's High-Yield Municipal Bond Conference helps participants find and develop actionable solutions to these challenges. Program faculty and attendees include some of the nation's top analysts, leading bond buyers and major public issuers.

Bill Kannel, a partner in Mintz Levin's bankruptcy section will be speaking during a roundtable discussion of The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and how it has bravely faced high unemployment, low wage growth and an enormous debt burden 

Greg Sandormirsky, a partner in Mintz's Public Finance section, will be speaking on a panel concerning, "The importance of having purchasers' counsel for non-Rated High Yield Municipal Bonds".

Who Should Attend?

  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Directors of Taxable & Tax-Exempt
  • Fixed-Income
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Credit Analysts at Investment Firms
  • Wall Street Analysts
  • Rating Agency Analysts
  • Financial Advisors
  • Bond Counsel
  • Accounting Firms
  • Bond Insurance Underwriting Execs

About the Organizer

SMITH’s Research and Gradings was founded by Terence Smith in 1992 to provide independent research and third-party analysis for institutional investors. SMITH’s reports have become bellwether publications, often predicting significant trends and spotlighting controversial subjects sometimes months before they come to light elsewhere. Increasingly acknowledged as an effective, objective industry watchdog, SMITH’s analysis provide a critical look at the creditworthiness of bond issues and the actions of rating agencies.


William W. Kannel is a bankruptcy attorney at Mintz. Bill has experience in corporate reorganizations and municipal Chapter 9 and debt restructurings. He represents both creditors and debtors in all phases of distressed debt negotiations, bankruptcy litigation, and distressed asset acquisitions.