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Public Finance

Localized experience coupled with broad securities distribution.

Oppenheimer’s Public Finance Investment Banking professionals advise and raise capital for state and local governments, public agencies, private developers, non-profit organizations, and other borrowers.

For over 50 years, Oppenheimer has developed and executed customized financing plans for our clients, raising needed capital for essential infrastructure projects through strong national and retail distribution networks.

Our Product Groups

Oppenheimer's Charter School Investment Banking Team has a proven track record creating and marketing innovative bond structures for charter schools. We assist charter schools in their preparation of long-term strategic capital plans to reduce the cost of reactive decision-making and avoid reduced operational flexibility.

Our experts have significant expertise working with diverse credits, from the high-credit quality of investment grade to the more challenging unrated charter school financings and offer the following charter school debt products:

  • Tax-exempt / Taxable Bonds
  • Fixed-rate / Variable-rate Bonds
  • Long-term / Short-term Bonds
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Loan Participations
  • Tax Credit Bonds

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Our K-12 School District experts serve primary and secondary schools nationwide, developing financing plans and raising capital for ongoing needs, capital projects, and debt refinancing. Since 2010, Oppenheimer has completed over $27 billion in K-12 financings, including over 180 senior managed education financings totaling $2.2 billion. Our experienced team assists schools with structuring, developing, and executing municipal bond and note financings, and have completed transactions ranging in size from less than $2 million to over $250 million.

Our capabilities include:

  • Bond, tax, and revenue anticipation note financing
  • Certificates of Participation and Lease Revenue Bonds
  • Debt refinancing
  • General obligation bond financing
  • Municipal bond underwriting
  • Private/Direct loan placement
  • Rating agency presentations /Credit rating strategic analysis
  • Securities marketing and distribution
  • Tax rate analysis

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Oppenheimer’s Higher Education Banking Team has a long-standing commitment to helping higher education institutions, health care providers, non-profits, and tax-exempt organizations meet their financing goals.

We work with numerous institutions that are experiencing:

  • Restraint when renewing direct purchase agreements
  • Limited access to letters of credit
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Renewal risk
  • Re-pricing risk
  • Budgetary pressures requiring restructuring, increased duration, and deferred principal
  • Uncertainty regarding tax cuts and new employment legislation

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Oppenheimer’s General Municipal Banking Team leverages localized experience and a national distribution platform to develop and execute capital financing plans that fulfill our clients’ objectives.

Our experts structure and distribute municipal securities on behalf of state and local governments and provides public sector clients with regionalized banking expertise and broad securities distribution capabilities to both retail and institutional investors.

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Oppenheimer’s Senior Living Banking team has extensive experience in a wide range of debt alternatives. We view ourselves as true innovators – in 2015, we created the first program for the acquisition and refinancing of senior housing facilities using taxable municipal bonds as a bridge loan.

We offer:

  • Short term, taxable bond financing for the acquisition and/or refinancing of senior living facilities; and
  • Long-term, non-recourse, tax-exempt bond financing for new construction or expansion of senior living facilities utilizing 142(d) bonds

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Oppenheimer’s Project Finance Group raises money for a diverse asset mix across the U.S., from petroleum terminals to coal waste reclamation facilities to medical colleges.

Oppenheimer places debt backed by the revenues of projects, each of which presents an array of (construction, supply, operations, demand, and price) and can be mitigated to improve the overall credit profile. Our professionals are skilled at navigating through the various areas of investor emphasis to tailor a transaction to individual investors’ credit requirements within the confines of the borrower’s parameters. We leverage the Firm’s robust institutional sales capabilities to develop interest from mutual funds, insurance companies, asset management firms, and other prospective investors.

We are dedicated to raising debt capital for individual projects within the following broad sectors (as well as other niche industries):

  • Solid waste disposal
  • Renewable energy
  • Specialty education

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The market for public-private partnership (P3) and infrastructure projects continues to evolve and expand in the U.S.  Oppenheimer’s P3 Investment Banking team has been at the forefront of this trend, advising both public and private sector clients on significant P3 projects over the past decade. We offer expertise in evaluating, structuring, and executing P3 procurements for the public sector and advisory services for the private sector including bid strategy, valuation and financing in pursuit of diverse infrastructure projects.


Our specific areas of expertise include:

  • Airports
  • Parking systems
  • Seaports
  • Social infrastructure
  • Toll roads and bridges
  • Transit
  • Water & wastewater

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