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First Southwest Executives Selected for Key Roles With Industry Rulemaking and Regulatory Agencies

First Southwest today announced that executives Michael Bartolotta and John Muschalek have been selected for key roles with important industry rulemaking and regulatory agencies.

Michael Bartolotta, vice chairman of First Southwest, will serve a three-year term on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. MSRB was established in 1975 by Congress to protect investors and promote a fair and efficient municipal securities market. The Board, which is composed of members from the public, banks and municipal securities broker-dealers, institutes the rules regulating securities firms, banks and the general municipal market for the protection of the individual. MSRB also collects and disseminates market information to protect and inform the public.

“With more than 22 years of experience in public finance as a financial advisor and underwriter for a wide variety of clients and issuers, Michael is an excellent addition to MSRB,” said Hill A. Feinberg, chairman and CEO of First Southwest.

Bartolotta also serves on the Board of Directors of First Southwest Company, First Southwest Holdings LLC and PlainsCapital Bank. He is an active member of the Board of Directors of TexSTAR, a local government investment pool, and the Board of Visitors of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

John Muschalek, managing director, has been appointed by Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to its National Adjudicatory Council. The NAC reviews all disciplinary decisions issued by FINRA hearing panels and presides over disciplinary matters that have been appealed to or called for review by the NAC. FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States and oversees nearly 4,800 brokerage firms, about 172,000 branch offices and approximately 646,000 registered securities representatives.

“John was a logical choice for the NAC,” said Feinberg, “He has served on numerous committees and in leadership positions for FINRA as well as for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).”

Muschalek has served as chief financial officer as well as financial and operations principal for First Southwest. Active in Dallas civic affairs, he has also served on the Board of Directors of the Wilkinson Center.

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