California Education Finance

            Committed to building the future of education in California.

            Our team brings experience, professionalism and integrity to financing K-14 school bond programs in the state of California. We pride ourselves on providing creative solutions, top-notch service and low borrowing costs, supporting our clients’ efforts to act as true stewards of taxpayer dollars. Our seven-person education team out of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County is backed by the power of Raymond James, which is consistently among the leading municipal bond underwriters in the nation. Our extensive distribution network reaches not only Tier 1 institutional buyers, but also Tier 2 and Tier 3 with the largest middle-market institutional sales force in the nation.

            #1

            underwriter of negotiated general obligation bonds for K-12 school districts in California*

            7

            public finance professionals dedicated to California K-12 financing

            35

            senior managed transactions priced in 2018 totaling $1.137 billion**

            656

            employees in 185 offices in 109 cities statewide

            394

            retail brokers with 120,910 accounts and $26.4 billion AUM

            *Source: Bloomberg, based on par amount
            **As of 12/31/2018

            Full-service Capabilities

            • General obligation bonds
            • Certificates of participation
            • Private placements
            • Tax-credit financings
            • Limited tax obligations
            • Rating agency strategy
            • Debt portfolio analysis

            Enhancing the Classrooms of California School Districts

            Team

            Randy Merritt
            Managing Director, Head of California Education Group
               
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            John R. Baracy
            Managing Director
               
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            Parker Colvin
            Managing Director, Municipal Underwriter
               
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            Alexzis Fuke
            Senior Vice President
               
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            John Nguyen
            Senior Vice President
               
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            Brett Lee
            Vice President
               
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