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Local insight. Broad expertise.

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

Across the state of South Carolina, Raymond James has approximately 120 financial advisors and 196 associates living and working in 23 cities and managing more than $9.8 billion in total assets. With 22 municipal institutional sales professionals and more than 175 fixed income generalists, we strive to provide outstanding service at the lowest possible borrowing cost to our clients. In addition to our steadfast commitment to South Carolina, Raymond James Public Finance consistently ranks among the Top 10 underwriters of municipal bonds nationwide.*

From new municipal and education facilities to improved water and sewer systems and economic development projects, complex financing structures are often required to fund progress within communities. Our veteran bankers and aggressive underwriters work with municipal issuers to provide tailored financing solutions to meet their unique needs.

*Source: Thomson Reuters, based on total par amount (2013 – 2017)

Full-service Capabilities

  • Underwriting
    • 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


Todd Barnes
Managing Director
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George Pugh
Managing Director
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David Gray
Managing Director
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Kemp Lewis
Senior Managing Director
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Jennifer Mills
Jennifer Mills
Senior Vice President, Quantitative Specialist
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Chuck Ellingsworth
Chuck Ellingsworth
Managing Director, Higher Education Specialist
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