CHICAGO — New York-based Rice Financial Products Co. announced this week the addition of veteran public finance professional Courtney Knight to its Chicago office to help carve out more Midwestern business and bolster its state-level business nationwide.

During the 1990s, Knight founded the municipal financial advisory firm Knight Capital LLC.

He also spent nine years at George K. Baum & Co. and most recently worked at Estrada Hinojosa & Co. 

“Courtney has a 30-year track record serving the investment banking needs of many of the clients we are focused on building relationships with, including issuers in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio,” Rice’s head of investment banking, Leonard Jones, said in a statement.

The firm said throughout his career, Knight has employed advanced computer modeling to address the complex legal, tax and marketing constraints faced by state and local governments.

He has developed refinancing plans, reinvestment strategies and optimal debt structures for small issuers as well as large, complex capital programs.

Knight, a managing director, joins sales professional Carol Mackoff and banker Adrienne Archia, a managing director and director of the Midwest region, in Rice’s Chicago office.

The firm ranked 29th nationally as a co-manager last year and 31st in the Midwest, according to Thomson Reuters. It ranked 39th nationally among senior managers and 38th in the Midwest.

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