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Stephen Hoopes

Stephen Hoopes

Stephen Hoopes is a Bates Consulting Expert and an Investment Banker with over 30 years’ experience in municipal and corporate finance. Mr. Hoopes has extensive experience in Fixed Income capital markets, including Municipal Securities, Corporate Securities, Investment Advisory, and Investment Management.  He is knowledgeable with respect to Fixed Income securities, Investment Advisory and Investment Management standards and practices, Private Placements, Fiduciary Duties/Responsibilities and Suitability standards.

Most recently he served as a Partner in a boutique investment banking firm where he served as head of Municipal Finance and Compliance. Prior to that, Mr. Hoopes spent 15 years with Mesirow Financial in Chicago as Head of Public Finance. He managed a team of 19 bankers and support staff while also serving as lead banker on over $30 Billion in municipal financings. Mr. Hoopes has served as either Banker or Municipal Advisor on over $40 Billion in financings on behalf of municipal clients across the country. He has also sourced funding for over One Billion dollars in corporate client projects.  

Stephen is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:



Bates Group LLC, Consulting Expert, 2018 - Present
SDH Consulting LLC, President, Head of Municipal Finance, Kenilworth, IL, 2018 – Present
Ring McAfee and Co., Partner, Head of Municipal Finance, New York, NY, Chicago, IL, 2014 - 2018
Mesirow Financial, Inc., Senior Managing Director, Head of Public Finance, Chicago, IL, 1999 – 2014
Dain Rauscher, Managing Director, Public Finance, Houston, TX, 1999
Coastal Securities, Principal, Public Finance, Houston, TX, 1996 – 1999
First Southwest Company, Managing Director, Public Finance, Houston, TX, 1993 – 1996
First Chicago Capital Markets, Inc., Vice President, Public Finance, Chicago, IL, 1985 – 1993
PH Glatfelter, Vice President, Sales, Spring Grove, PA (Chicago Sales Office), 1982 – 1985


Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science Business Administration (BSBA), Business Administration, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA