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In-depth and timely commentary and analysis on the municipal market from industry experts.

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Local insight. Broad expertise.

Raymond James Public Finance has the expertise, dedication and experience to make a significant difference in your community’s financial outlook. Because your community is our community, too.

Across the state of Michigan, Raymond James has nearly 500 financial advisors and 1,200 associates living and working in 80 cities managing more than $49 billion in total assets. Raymond James’ Grosse Pointe office is home to the only Michigan-based municipal bond trading desk.

In addition to our steadfast commitment to Michigan, Raymond James Public Finance consistently ranks among the Top 10 underwriters of municipal bonds nationwide and leading five underwriters of K-12 issues nationally.* With 21 municipal institutional sales professionals and approximately 160 fixed income generalists, we strive to provide outstanding service at the lowest possible borrowing cost to our clients.

From new buildings and roads to utility projects and improved water systems, complex financing structures are often required to fund progress within communities. And as challenges grow to provide services within already stretched budgets, our veteran bankers and aggressive underwriters work with municipal issuers to provide tailored financing solutions to meet our clients’ unique needs.

Stats as of December 31, 2020
*Source: Bloomberg, based on total par amount (2015 – 2020). Past performance may not be indicative of future results.

Full-service Capabilities

  • Municipal bond underwriting services – senior manager and co-manager appointments
    • General obligation
    • Limited tax obligations
    • Water & Sewer/Utilities
    • Certificates of participation
    • School districts
    • Higher education
    • Tax increment financing (TIF)
    • Airports
    • Housing
    • Healthcare
    • Master lease program financing
  • Private placements
  • USDA financing
  • Rating agency strategy
  • Economic development projects
  • Debt portfolio analysis
  • Pension bond financing
  • Investment of proceeds advisory
  • Financial advisory
  • Derivatives advisory


Elizabeth Hennessy
Managing Director
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Paul Soma
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Linda Byron
Linda Byron
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Chuck Ellingsworth
Chuck Ellingsworth
Managing Director, Higher Education Specialist
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Jennifer Mills
Jennifer Mills
Managing Director, Quantitative Specialist
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Natalie Wabich
Natalie Wabich
Managing Director, Healthcare Finance Specialist
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Parker Colvin
Managing Director, Municipal Underwriter
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Christopher Manown
Managing Director, Fixed Income Trading
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Karen Barron
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