CHICAGO - Chicago-based Ziegler Capital Markets is seizing on business opportunities arising from the turmoil at Wall Street's investment banks, adding 17 professionals to its tax-exempt staff and pursuing business with larger hospitals that might feel neglected by their Wall Street bankers.

Ziegler - a boutique firm that specializes in health care, senior living, education, religious institutions, and renewable energy deals and has a high-yield niche - has hired 13 in its tax-exempt banking unit and another four in tax-exempt sales and trading this year.

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