About Underwriting

Since 1946 FirstSouthwest has been a trusted leader in public finance and has provided underwriting services for municipal clients across the U.S.

Since 2008, we have served as underwriter on more than $16 billion in long-term issues. We are ranked among the top 25 firms in the U.S. for senior managed long-term underwritings and among the top 20 for senior managed short-term underwritings. We also underwrote more than $475 million of bank qualified securities in 2008, ranking FirstSouthwest among the top 12 firms in the U.S. according to Thomson Reuters.
Unique Benefits
The diversity of our in-house resources translates into a number of unique benefits for our underwriting clients.

  • As of one the largest public financial advisory firms that is also a registered broker-dealer, FirstSouthwest is exposed to a wide variety of underwritings. This provides us a uniquely current perspective and allows us to offer our clients the latest structuring ideas and marketing strategies being employed across all sectors of the market.
  • Our distribution network enhances our ability to pre-market and distribute municipal bonds and notes to a wide variety of investor categories, including large institutional investors, regional institutions and high net worth individuals.
  • FirstSouthwest is dedicated to the municipal bond market. We are known best for our long history as a leading underwriter or financial advisor to municipalities across the nation. Our capital and resources directly support our municipal trading and underwriting activities, and our management thoroughly understands municipal risk.

Distribution Network
Our position as a national leader in public finance enhances our ability to both maintain and expand our distribution network throughout the following investor groups:

  • Tier 1 Firms Large institutional investors, including mutual funds, trust departments, large corporations, money managers, and insurance companies. Our prominence in the financial advisory arena provides us with added credibility when selling bonds to these firms.
  • Tier 2 Firms Regional institutions, such as trust departments, smaller corporations and regional banks. Major underwriting firms often overlook these markets, while we are continuing to expand our sales force within this segment.
  • Tier 3 Firms This includes retail, such as high net worth individuals, local money managers, and prime brokers. We continue to expand our sales force within this valuable segment.

To learn more about our underwriting capabilities, please contact us today.

Underwriting Calendar

Sales TypeIssuerStateDescriptionPar AmountPricingMaturityBQ
NegotiatedUniversity of Texas SystemTXPUF Bds S16A$115,890,000.0012/1/2015 No
NegotiatedSouthwest ISD, TXTXUT Sch Bldg and Refdg Bds S15$24,995,000.0012/1/2015 No
CompetitiveSpartanburg County, SCSCGO Refdg Bds S15$13,005,000.0012/1/2015 No
CompetitiveHighland Park ISD (Dallas Co), TXTX UT Refdg Bds S15$52,505,000.0012/1/2015 No
NegotiatedWarren Co Port Auth, OHOHTxbl Lease Rev Bds S15$3,645,000.0012/1/2015 No
CompetitivePort Neches-Groves ISD, TXTXUT Refdg Bds S16 $38,054,994.0012/1/2015 No
CompetitiveZephyr ISD, TXTXUT Refdg Bds S15 $3,724,999.0012/1/2015 Yes
CompetitiveHarris Co WCID 74, TXTXUT Bds S15 $2,645,000.0012/1/2015 No
NegotiatedTustin CFD, CACACFD 07-1 Spec Tax Refdg Bds S15$13,270,000.00  No
NegotiatedTustin CFD, CACACFD 07-01 Spec Tax Bds, S15$980,000.00  No
CompetitiveHudson ISD, TXTXUT Refdg Bds S15$7,754,999.0012/2/2015 Yes
CompetitiveChico ISD, TXTXUT Refdg Bds S15$8,980,000.00  Yes
CompetitiveShepherd ISD, TXTXUT Refdg Bds S15$8,840,000.0012/2/2015 Yes
CompetitiveAlvin ISD, TXTXUT Refdg Bds S15 $9,565,000.0012/2/2015 Yes
CompetitiveWest Hardin Co CISD, TXTXUT Refdg Bds S15 $2,670,000.0012/2/2015 Yes
NegotiatedMonrovia RDA, CACARefdg Bds S15 and Txbl Refdg Bds S15$23,720,000.0012/3/2015 No
CompetitiveHarris Co MUD 504, TXTXUT Bds S15 $5,250,000.0012/3/2015 No
NegotiatedSouth Carolina Assoc. of Govt OrganizationsSCInstallment Purch Refdg Rev Bds S15$23,565,000.0012/8/2015 No

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Bond Offerings

The FirstSouthwest Bond Offerings is currently undergoing maintenance. Please contact your sales representative for our current bond offerings at 214.953.4000 




  • Carl Giles
  • Managing Director
  • Capital Markets
  • 214.953.4000
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