Baird Public Finance Adds John Piemonte in Naperville

MILWAUKEE, April 29, 2011

Baird, an employee-owned, international capital markets, wealth management, private equity and asset management firm, today announced that it has added John Piemonte, Vice President, to its Public Finance investment banking team in Naperville, Ill. Piemonte, formerly with RBC Capital Markets, will focus on Illinois municipalities, counties and special districts.

“We are excited to welcome John to Baird,” said Thomas J. Gavin, Managing Director in Baird’s Naperville Public Finance office. “His deep municipal finance experience will be a tremendous asset and enhance our ability to better serve our clients’ needs.”

Piemonte worked in Institutional Fixed Income Sales and Municipal Underwriting/Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets in Chicago from 2006-2010. He led RBC’s nationwide effort into issuing tax credit and direct subsidy bonds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and cultivated a depth of knowledge in derivatives during his time in sales. He started his career in Fixed Income sales in 1994 with Kidder Peabody/Paine Webber/UBS, moving to Bear Stearns in 2002. Piemonte received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from Northeastern Illinois University.

About Baird’s Public Finance Group
Baird is a major underwriter and financial advisor to municipalities, schools, government agencies and corporations. During the past five years, Baird has served as advisor, underwriter or placement agent for debt issues exceeding $110 billion. For 2010, Baird ranked No. 1 nationally for underwriting competitive and negotiated municipal bond issues, based on the number of issues, and was the top underwriter of issues of $50 million or less, based both on the par value and number of issues, according to Thomson Reuters. Baird was honored by The Bond Buyer as advisor of the “Midwest Regional Deal of the Year” in 2005 and 2007 and “Nontraditional Financing Deal of the Year” in 2009.

About Baird
Baird is an employee-owned, international wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in 1919, Baird has more than 2,600 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird oversees and manages client assets of nearly $82 billion. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked number 14 on the FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2010 -- its eighth consecutive year on the list. Baird’s principal operating subsidiaries are Robert W. Baird & Co. in the United States and Robert W. Baird Group Ltd. in Europe. Baird also has an operating subsidiary in Asia supporting Baird’s private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at rwbaird.com.