Siebert Williams Shank Bolsters Education Financing with Hire of Andrew Belinfanti Knight

Siebert Williams Shank & Co. (SWS) has announced a significant new hire in Andrew Belinfanti Knight as Managing Director of Public Finance. A 16-year veteran of the municipal bond sector, Belinfanti Knight spent the past six years as Executive Director of Public Finance at UBS, where he was responsible for day-to-day banking coverage of local and state entities issuing municipal bonds in the Western United States.

Photo Credit: Nogen Beck
Photo Credit: Nogen Beck

Belinfanti Knight, who has worked on over $20 billion of senior managed transactions in municipal finance, will lead SWS’ coverage of K-14 education (public school districts and community colleges) municipal bond issuers in California and the West Region at large. He will leverage his existing relationships with numerous state and local entities to help drive SWS’ continued growth in the public school financing space, a major point of emphasis for the firm in 2024.

“Our firm is committed to expanding in regions and sectors with robust muni issuances, and we view the K-14 market in California to be a great intersection of such,” said Gary Hall, President of Infrastructure & Public Finance at SWS. “Given his high regard for technical excellence, I am looking forward to Andrew elevating our value proposition to new and existing school district and community college issuers in the West Region.”

Belinfanti Knight is a well-rounded banker known for client relationships and quantitative analysis. At UBS he conducted credit rating analysis of cities, counties, schools and community colleges, helping build the firm into a top 10 player in public finance in the state of California. He spent the previous eight years as Director of Public Finance at Wells Fargo, where he helped grow the company’s public finance presence in California into a major enterprise.

Belinfanti Knight will join three other SWS bankers already situated in the firm’s Los Angeles office, led by Managing Director & Head of West Region Grace Yuen.

“We are very excited to have Andrew join our team and elevate our presence in the K-14 educational sector in California and throughout the West Coast,” Yuen said. “His knowledge about the sector will be invaluable as we continue to serve our clients and grow our footprint in the region.”

Belinfanti Knight, who earned an MBA in Finance from Howard University, started his career in the mortgage-backed securities space before transitioning to public finance. He has lived in Los Angeles since 2008, when he was an Associate of Public Finance for Banc of America Securities.

“The execution that I’ve seen from Siebert Williams Shank and the rapid growth of the firm over the past few years is a major attraction,” Belinfanti Knight said. “The most important thing for me is to be part of a firm that’s 100 percent committed to the municipal bond industry, and with Siebert this is their core business, so that speaks for itself.”

Dually headquartered in New York, NY and Oakland, CA, SWS is an independent non-bank financial services firm that offers investment banking, sales and trading, research, and advisory services. Its mission is to exceed expectations through value-added results and leave a lasting impact on the sectors, corporations, and communities they serve. SWS counts 74 Fortune 100 companies among its clients.


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