Public Finance

As a trusted, long-term partner for borrowers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, William Blair is committed to helping clients find the optimal solution for their financing needs.

As a trusted, long-term partner to state and local governments, schools, higher education institutions, and not-for-profit institutions, William Blair is committed to helping our communities find optimal solutions to meet their financing objectives. We have a proven track record of structuring and executing transactions of all sizes, working tirelessly on behalf of issuers to assist them with their financial goals.

The transactions we work on help build and maintain schools, highways, hospitals, water and sewer systems, museums, airports and transit systems, and other public use projects across the country. Our public finance banking team works closely with our municipal sales and trading group to deliver the optimal transaction execution focused on one objective—putting clients first.

General Government

William Blair’s public finance professionals provide innovative solutions to the complex needs of our governmental clients. We offer a full range of services, including tax-exempt and taxable bond underwriting, private placements, project finance, interest rate swap advisory (including valuations and ongoing monitoring), and strategic advice for public-private partnerships.


William Blair is committed to serving educational institutions at all levels, from K-12 public education to community colleges and universities. Our extensive knowledge of education funding and first-hand experience with raising capital for educational institutions across the country have provided us with unique insight into the financing needs of educational issuers across the country.


Investing in our nation’s infrastructure system is a top priority for our municipal and state issuers. William Blair offers significant expertise in helping finance all types of infrastructure projects for the utilities and transportation sector.

Development and Structured Finance

William Blair is an experienced underwriter in development and structured financing. We have extensive experience in successfully underwriting nonrecourse debt obligations for large development and infrastructure projects.


By providing innovative financial structuring and marketing techniques, we have helped many not-for-profit organizations across the country overcome the challenges of providing affordable, quality services.

Capital Markets

We recognize that our clients demand innovative, real-time solutions to address their financing objectives, so we have dedicated significant resources to create a quantitative resource team to provide market data and trends to assist our clients in achieving the lowest cost of capital. Using proprietary software, we offer structuring solutions that highlight to investors why they should invest in our clients’ public projects and provide value-added information directly to clients so that they can assess their own debt’s value in the municipal market.


Thomas Lanctot
Head of Debt Capital Markets
+1 312 364 8120

Ajay Thomas
Head of Public Finance
+1 512 813 7662