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John Cross

John Cross

John J. Cross III is the Director of the Office of Municipal Securities at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.� Mr. Cross joined the SEC in September 2012 as the first Director of the Office of Municipal Securities, which was established under the Dodd-Frank Act as a separate office, with a requirement that its Director report directly to the SEC Chairman, to administer SEC rules for the municipal securities market and to oversee rulemaking by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, an independent self-regulatory organization.� Mr. Cross provided overall supervision to an SEC working group comprised of staff from the Trading and Markets Division and the Office of Municipal Securities on the SEC�s final municipal advisor registration rulemaking project under the Dodd-Frank Act, which the Commission adopted in September 2013.� Mr. Cross has a broad range of national municipal finance experience and has been a leader on public policy issues affecting municipal finance.Previously, from 2006-2012, Mr. Cross served as Associate Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, where he had significant responsibility for legislative and regulatory tax matters affecting municipal bonds, including responsibilities with respect to the agency�s implementation of the 2009 legislative stimulus incentives and regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis in this area.� From 1994-2006, Mr. Cross was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP, a national public finance specialty law firm. From 1990-1993, Mr. Cross served in the Financial Products group of the IRS Chief Counsel�s office, where he was one of the principal authors of the arbitrage regulations on investment restrictions on tax-exempt bonds.� From 1981-1990, Mr. Cross was in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.Mr. Cross has a B.A. Degree from Brown University (1978), a J.D. Degree from Vanderbilt University Law School (1981), where he was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center (1988).��