United States Trust Indenture Act of 1939 Law and Legal Definition

The United States Trust Indenture Act of 1939 (TIA), codified at 15 U.S.C., supplements the Securities Act of 1933 in the case of the distribution of debt securities. TIA requires the appointment of a suitably independent and qualified trustee to act for the benefit of the holders of the securities, and specifies various substantive provisions for the trust indenture that must be entered into by the issuer and the trustee. The TIA is administered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has made various regulations under the Act.