PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18, 2013
Baird, an employee-owned, international capital markets, wealth management, private equity and asset management firm, today announced that it has added Dan O’Brien as a Director to its Pennsylvania Public Finance team. With his experience handling financings for a range of Pennsylvania issuers and charter schools in the eastern region of the U.S., O’Brien will expand Baird’s existing K-12, municipal, county and state clients, as well as the firm’s charter school financing business.
Prior to joining Baird, O’Brien was Vice President and Head of the Charter School Finance Practice in the Public Finance Group at Janney Montgomery Scott. He served as bond and underwriter’s counsel at Stevens & Lee and was the Assistant Finance Director for Debt with the City of Philadelphia for three years. O’Brien also held positions at PNC Capital Markets and Commerce Capital Markets. He has a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.
“We are very pleased that Dan has decided to continue his career at Baird,” said Keith Kolb, Director of Baird’s Public Finance group. “His deep knowledge of Pennsylvania issuers, charter school experience and legal background will be a tremendous asset to the business and enhance our ability to better serve our clients’ needs.”
Les Bear, head of Baird’s Pennsylvania Public Finance team added: “Dan has broad experience and a successful track record in helping issuers meet their financing goals. He’s worked on public finance deals from every angle – as the issuer, as the advisor, as the legal counsel – and his clients-first-driven mindset fits well with the Baird culture.”
Baird is a leader in Pennsylvania municipal underwriting, having served as sole or senior manager on over 200 Pennsylvania bond issues totaling over $2.4 billion in principal amount since opening its Philadelphia office in 2008. On a national level, Baird’s Public Finance business continues to grow, expanding from five offices and 50 associates in 2005 to 15 offices and approximately 70 associates today. The steady successful recruitment of top talent and expanding footprint has enabled Baird’s Public Finance business to grow its market share.
About Baird’s Public Finance Group
Baird is a major underwriter and financial advisor to municipalities, schools, government agencies, nonprofits and corporations. In 2012, Baird ranked first in the nation for total number municipal bond underwritings; second in the nation for number of municipal bond underwritings of $50 million or less; and among the Top 10 in the nation for municipal bond issues of $100 million or less according to Thomson Reuters. Baird was honored by The Bond Buyer as advisor of the 2012 “Deal of the Year,” as underwriter for the “Small Issue Deal of the Year in 2011, “Nontraditional Financing Deal of the Year” in 2009 and advisor of the “Midwest Regional Deal of the Year” in 2007.
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 approximately 2,800 associates serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and municipal clients. Baird has more than $100 billion in client assets. Committed to being a great place to work, Baird ranked No. 14 on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2013 – its tenth 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 investment banking and private equity operations. For more information, please visit Baird’s Web site at rwbaird.com.