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Stratford Shields

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Stratford Shields is an American businessman.

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Stratford Shields
EducationMBA from Columbia University
OccupationManaging Director
EmployerLoop Capital Markets


Stratford Shields has been a leader in the municipal finance industry for more than 20 years. He has served on the municipal finance industry association as Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIMFA) Municipal Division. He led the effort to create a voluntary ban among securities firms to eliminate the appearance of pay-to-play by prohibiting financial contributions for bond ballot elections.

Stratford has also served as a leading investment banker in the municipal finance and privatization areas including landmark transactions for entities like the Ohio State University for its $483 million 50 year concession of its parking system which was awarded “Deal of the Year” by the Bond Buyer in the category of non-traditional financing. In his municipal finance career, he has served as lead investment banker for more than $30 billion of transactions for clients including states, cities, universities, hospital systems, airports, toll roads, water and sewer entities, state revolving funds, and student loan agencies, among others. He assisted these clients with credit strategies and transaction structuring to achieve optimal financing results.

In his career, he has served as the Head of Public Finance at two major Wall Street firms including Morgan Stanley for 5 years where he led a turnaround effort that improved the firms lead managed negotiated rankings from #10 to a consistent #4. He is currently a Managing Director in the Public Finance Investment Banking group at Loop Capital Markets (a Chicago based firm) covering major clients in the Northeast and Midwest. Prior to becoming a public finance banker he worked in politics and government with his last position being President of the State Controlling Board and Deputy Director of the Ohio Office of Management and Budget.

Stratford has B.A. in History from the Ohio State University and an MA in Political Science and an MBA from Columbia University.

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