BRADENTON, Fla. – Raymond James continues to expand in California with the recent hiring of veteran education banker Charlie Feinstein in San Francisco.

For nearly 19 years, Feinstein has worked with California K-14 issuer clients underwriting municipal bonds for kindergarten through 12th grade schools and community colleges.

As a managing director at Raymond James, Feinstein will continue working with school and community college districts throughout the state, the firm said.

Feinstein's "knowledge of the market and extensive network will be instrumental to clients in need of sophisticated financing and counsel," said Rob Larkins, the firm's western region public finance manager. "Adding Charlie to the team further strengthens our commitment to becoming the go-to underwriting firm in California."

Feinstein most recently worked at Morgan Stanley & Co.

Before that he worked at De La Rosa & Co. and KNN Public Finance.

Feinstein graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in economics and political science. He received an MBA in finance from San Francisco State University.

With expertise in the K-14 sector and a broad range of public finance knowledge Feinstein will provide clients with tailored financing solutions, said Parker Colvin, managing director and head of underwriting for the Western region.

"He's one of the most respected bankers in the state, and we're proud to have him on our team," said Colvin, who was hired by Raymond James in December 2013 as part of the firm expansion west.

St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Raymond James has more than 180 professionals in 24 locations nationwide offering municipal issuers a comprehensive distribution platform, the firm said.

In the first nine months of the year, Raymond James ranked ninth nationally as senior manager on 650 bond issues with par value of $13.47 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

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