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Ziegler Announces General Municipal & Structured Finance Practice - Miyun Cho, Terri Smalinsky and Aaron Gadouas Join Firm In Chicago, IL Office

May 8, 2014



Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 08, 2014

Ziegler, an investment bank and full service brokerage firm, has hired Miyun Cho, Terri Smalinsky and Aaron Gadouas from Stern Brothers & Company as managing directors to grow the General Municipal & Structured Finance Practice located in the Chicago, IL office.

Dan Hermann, Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Ziegler, stated, "I am very pleased to have Ms. Cho, Ms. Smalinsky and Mr. Gadouas join our banking team to help us grow our General Municipal & Structured Finance Practice. Ziegler is known for its unique expertise in complex credit structures and financial advisory, serving many sectors that include, healthcare, senior living, religion and education. With the addition of this team, Ziegler will expand its scope into public private partnerships, infrastructure finance, real estate development, local & regional general municipal market financing and energy." Mr. Hermann continued, "Their expertise in the general municipal markets and structured finance will be an excellent fit with Ziegler."

Ms. Miyun Cho joins Ziegler with more than 27 years of experience. Prior to joining Ziegler, she was a managing director at Stern Brothers & Company where she developed and maintained client relationships in the general municipal, project finance, healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit sectors, resulting in sole, senior or co-managed underwriting assignments. Throughout Ms. Cho's career, she has held similar high-level positions at GE Capital, Chicago Housing Authority, MB Beitler Company and First Chicago Capital Markets, Inc. Ms. Cho completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs, a M.A. in public administration from The University of Akron, a M.P.A from American University and a B.S./M.D. from Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine.

Ms. Cho stated, "We are very excited about joining the Ziegler team. We believe that the underwriting and banking platform at Ziegler provides us with a partnership which will allow us to grow our practice to the nationally recognized levels of Ziegler's current business lines."

Ms. Terri Smalinsky brings over 30 years of project finance experience, with expertise in infrastructure finance, to Ziegler. She has led financing teams in the structuring and implementation of complex financial solutions, while acting as a financial advisor, senior managing underwriter and placement agent for over $6 billion in infrastructure projects. Ms. Smalinsky received a M.E.L.P. degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School, a M.B.A. in management with majors in public management, accounting and finance from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

With over 26 years of capital markets and banking experience, Mr. Aaron Gadouas joins Ziegler with an extensive background in public, corporate and structured finance. Previously, he has held senior positions at Aldine Capital Services, Inc., ABN AMRO Global Capital Markets and Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York and Chicago. Mr. Aaron received an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, as well as a B.A. from Cornell University. He sits on the board of directors of the Cornell Club of Chicago, is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and has been a past committee chairman of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Associates.

Ziegler is also an active participant in municipal sales and trading, including public, tax-exempt, taxable, private placement, retail and preferred trading markets. Ziegler's first-hand market knowledge and credit expertise results in broad primary market distribution and secondary market support for all of its sales and trading activities.

"This new initiative will create many synergies and growth opportunities for Ziegler. It will allow us to capture new capital sources, expand our high-yield sector financings, as well as our underwriting participation into other general municipal sectors," commented, Kevin Strom, Senior Managing Director and Head Capital Markets at Ziegler.

For more information about careers at Ziegler, please visit us at http://www.Ziegler.com.

About Ziegler:

The Ziegler Companies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ZGCO), together with its affiliates (Ziegler), is a specialty investment bank with unique expertise in complex credit structures and advisory services. Nationally, Ziegler is ranked as one of the leading investment banking firms in its specialty sectors of healthcare, senior living, religion, and education, as well as general and structured municipal finance. Headquartered in Chicago, IL with regional and branch offices throughout the U.S., Ziegler provides its clients with capital raising, corporate finance, FHA/HUD, strategic advisory services and research. Ziegler serves institutional and individual investors through its wealth management and capital markets distribution channels.

Certain comments in this news release represent forward-looking statements made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This client's experience may not be representative of the experience of other clients, nor is it indicative of future performance or success. The forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, in particular, the overall financial health of the securities industry, the strength of the healthcare sector of the U.S. economy and the municipal securities marketplace, the ability of the Company to underwrite and distribute securities, the market value of mutual fund portfolios and separate account portfolios advised by the Company, the volume of sales by its retail brokers, the outcome of pending litigation, and the ability to attract and retain qualified employees.

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