The Bond Buyer contacted the top 30 senior managers in the first half of 2012 by par value and asked if they had hired or laid off people in their public finance sections in the last few months or were planning to hire or lay off people in the next few months. Several municipal underwriters said they are adding to their staff. Others said they had no comment. None acknowledged they had any plans to let people go.

“Raymond James | Morgan Keegan Public Finance is in hiring mode and is planning to bring on senior bankers in certain industry groups and in certain geographic markets,” wrote senior manager of public communications Steve Hollister.

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