Ernesto A. Lanza is Deputy Executive Director of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the federal self-regulatory organization that regulates broker-dealers, banks and municipal advisors engaging in municipal securities and other public sector financial services activities. He currently advises on market regulation and market transparency initiatives, after having previously served as Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel leading the MSRB's legal, corporate governance and rulemaking activities.
Mr. Lanza led the design, development and launch of the MSRB's Electronic Municipal Market Access system (EMMA) as well as the development of the MSRB's long-range plan for the further evolution of its market transparency systems, and he currently continues to oversee the strategic direction of EMMA and related market transparency products. Previously, Mr. Lanza led the MSRB's initial rulemaking and interpretive initiatives relating to broker-dealer activities in 529 college savings plans and has worked on a broad range of fair practice, suitability, pay-to-play and disclosure issues relating to municipal bonds.
Prior to joining the staff of the MSRB in 1997, Mr. Lanza was in private practice at Ballard Spahr, Greenberg Traurig and Holland & Knight. He received his law degree in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A. degree in Government from Harvard University in 1985.