Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. hired Ateesh Chanda to serve as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

He will be based in the firm's new office in Providence, R.I., the firm announced on Wednesday.

Previously, Chanda, 34, practiced law in New York at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy for eight years, where he represented financial institutions in regulatory matters and in litigation.


Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. hired Ateesh Chanda.
"It's an incredible opportunity to get involved in work that is so important to municipal and state governments and the communities they serve," said Ateesh Chanda, general counsel at Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co.

Chandra, 34, has held positions in the office of U.S. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee of Rhode Island and in the chambers of Hon. Bruce M. Selya at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

"I am thrilled to have Ateesh come on board at this exciting time for the firm," Chairwoman and CEO Suzanne Shank said in a press release. "As we come off a year of record transaction volume, we are fortunate to have as our new general counsel someone with the depth and breadth of experience in the financial and regulatory worlds that Ateesh brings."

Chanda has also worked at the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in New Delhi, India, and at Human Rights Watch in New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, with honors, from Brown University and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

"I am excited to be joining a team of industry leaders who are laser-focused on their clients," Chanda said. "It's an incredible opportunity to get involved in work that is so important to municipal and state governments and the communities they serve."

SCSCO is the largest minority- and woman-owned investment bank in the United States. Since its founding in 1996, the company has transacted over $1.4 trillion of municipal bonds and $1.1 trillion of corporate bond and equity transactions.

It earned the distinction in 2010 of becoming the first minority-owned firm to rank among the top 10 senior managers of municipal bonds, as ranked by Thomson Reuters. The firm has been ranked as the No. 1 minority- and woman-owned municipal finance firm for 18 consecutive years.

It has dual headquarters in New York and Oakland, as well as 18 offices nationwide including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Providence, Sacramento, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

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Chip Barnett

Chip Barnett

Chip Barnett is a journalist with more than 40 years of experience. Barnett is currently Senior Market Reporter for The Bond Buyer.