Michael L. Placencia is a member of William Blair�s Infrastructure Investment Banking Group and is based in San Francisco. Mr. Placencia leads the Firm�s efforts relating to airports and transportation issuers and is part of the national Public-Private Partnership team. Mr. Placencia joined William Blair in 2009 from Merrill Lynch and has over 13 years of experience providing investment banking and advisory services to a variety of municipal transportation, airport and general infrastructure clients. He served as a lead concession advisor on the Texas Department of Transportation�s Comprehensive Development Program (CDA), TxDOT�s PPP program and was a lead team member of the winning team for the initial Trans Texas Corridor I-69 Program. Mr. Placencia is also an airport expert, having senior managed several billion dollars of airport debt with various security features including PFCs, Customer Facility Charges, General Airport Revenues, and lease revenues. Some of his airport clients have included Denver International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Salt Lake City Airport, and Tucson Airport Authority.He has also provided investment banking services to transportation clients such as the Harris County Toll Road Authority, Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and the Oklahoma Transportation Authority. He has structured several federal aid revenue and grant securitizations, and developed or executed transactions involving GARVEE programs for clients including the Virginia Department of Transportation, Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority, and the State of Ohio. In addition to his transportation expertise, Mr. Placencia has also served as a general infrastructure banker for clients such as the City of San Antonio, Texas, Shelby County, Tennessee, the Texas Water Development Board, San Antonio Independent School District, Rice University, and the University of North Texas. Prior to entering the municipal finance industry, Mr. Placencia worked for the California Governor�s Office and California State Resources Agency. He received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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