Mesirow Financial Hires New England Banker Team to Join Its Public Finance Group

CHICAGO, August 22, 2017Mesirow Financial announced today that it has continued its strategic expansion of its Public Finance group by hiring well-known New England banker team, John Healey and Richard Thivierge. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, Healey and Thivierge will serve as managing directors focused on providing custom finance solutions and debt offerings for municipalities and other governmental entities and expanding the firm’s presence in the New England market.

Healey joins Mesirow Financial from William Blair, where he served most recently as vice president of the firm’s Debt Capital Markets group. Healey has extensive experience in major bond issuances, debt restructurings, advisory services and ratings presentations. Prior to William Blair, Healey served as chief of staff for the city of New Britain under Mayor Erin E. Stewart and played a significant role in New Britain’s financial turnaround. Before that, Mr. Healey spent seven years as a senior staff member in the Connecticut legislature. Healey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and a JD from the University of Connecticut’s School of Law. He holds FINRA series 7, 52, 53 and 63 licenses.

Healey will be partnering with Thivierge, who also joins Mesirow Financial from William Blair, where he most recently served as managing director in the Infrastructure Investment Banking group and led the New England office. Thivierge has 43 years of experience in a variety of issuances and providing expertise with respect to unique structured financings, including those involving distressed credits. Throughout his career, he has played a critical role in creating three different investment funds for municipal use, and was able to work with municipalities in issuing forward swaps, swaps and funding of other unfunded liabilities. Thivierge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from American International College.

"We are excited to expand our public finance business with the addition of John and Richard as highly regarded bankers in the southern New England region and look forward to serving more municipal clients across the United States," stated Todd Waldrop, head of Mesirow Financial’s Public Finance group.

Together, Healey and Thivierge bring an unparalleled combination of sector expertise and client focus to expand Mesirow Financial’s footprint and to better serve its client base.

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