Anthony N. Fratto, Executive Vice President and Manager of George K. Baum & Company's Chicago office, has more than 30 years of municipal finance and government experience. Mr. Fratto has participated as senior manager, co-manager and municipal advisor for more than $40 billion of municipal bond financings covering hundreds of issues. He has coordinated and supervised the issuance of a variety of municipal bond financings, including higher education, general obligation, revenue, transportation, pension, derivatives, school and park districts, and housing.
Mr. Fratto has been a lead banker on many major transactions for governments throughout the state of Illinois. Transactions of note include: city of Chicago, Second Lien Wastewater Transmission Bonds and BABs, Series 2010A, 2010B, $280 million; city of Berwyn Taxable General Obligation Pension Funding, Series 2013, $30 million; Chicago Transit Authority Capital Grant Receipt Revenue Bonds, Series 2008 & 2008A, $250 million; Cook County Variable-Rate Demand Notes, Series 2004, $135 million–weekly remarketing through 2011; City of Chicago Millennium Park Swap and Unwinding 2003, $150 million; Greater Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, General Obligation, Series 2002, $164 million; and Illinois Sports Facilities Authority Bonds (Soldier Field), Series 2001, $399 million.
In the education arena, Mr. Fratto has led financings through the Chicago Public Building Commission for the benefit of Chicago Public Schools for Capital Construction of $316 million and for Chicago Public Schools directly through TIF revenue leveraging for an issue of $56 million in 2004. Mr. Fratto also serves many local municipalities, as well as school, park and community college districts. In addition, Mr. Fratto has provided lead housing banking services on $1.15 billion city of Chicago single family mortgage revenue bond issues during the last 18 years. He has held positions in budget and management for the city of Chicago and is a former Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer for the city. As a licensed attorney, he holds a JD and an MBA from DePaul University, and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois-Chicago.