“It is a very interesting time in the industry, as there is so much uncertainty and I had an opportunity to come here and set some agendas and public discourse,” said John Hallacy, new program director at The Bond Buyer.

Municipal bond veteran John Hallacy has left Assured Guaranty and joined The Bond Buyer as program coordinator, with responsibilities that include agenda scheduling for conferences and writing commentary.

Hallacy spent the past three years as a managing director at Assured, where he took on business development functions and focused on high profile and atypical credits, nationally and across all sectors.

"It is a very interesting time in the industry, as there is so much uncertainty, and I had an opportunity to come here and set agendas and generate public discourse," Hallacy said. "I am excited to get back to doing more writing and public speaking, both passions of mine."

Prior to his stint with Assured, Hallacy worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a managing director and head of municipal research for 23 years, managing a group of seven analysts and providing commentary on municipal credit and strategy.

"We are delighted that John Hallacy has joined The Bond Buyer team," said Michael Ballinger, Publisher of The Bond Buyer. "A 35 year municipal bond veteran, John will be an invaluable resource to help enhance and strengthen our conference program agendas. In addition, we look forward to his insights on a variety of public finance topics to be published in The Bond Buyer on a regular basis."

In addition to his accomplishments as a sell-side municipal analyst, Hallacy has significant experience in bond insurance. He helped to establish two bond insurance companies and ran underwriting groups at both FGIC and MBIA. He started his career with Standard & Poor's focusing on credit rating analysis across multiple sectors.