Public Finance

Espanola, New Mexico

The New Mexico/Southwest public finance operation provides services to states, cities, towns, counties, special districts (non-profits such as hospitals, nursing homes, housing, adult care facilities and special facilities), Indian tribes, school districts, housing and infrastructure developers, among others.

We provide financial expertise in capital planning, budgeting and debt management. Our industry expertise and long term relationships bridge the lines of communication between issuers and the investment community. We promptly respond to and help clients understand current interest rates, bond market conditions and trends, and changes in federal and state laws and regulations that affect your bonds and future borrowing plans.

The public finance office also works closely with private, Federal and State organizations in accessing credit enhancement, tax credit funding, grants and low interest rate financing.


Our Services

  • Planning
  • Underwriting Services
  • Preparing Bond Issuance Documents
  • Marketing the Bonds
  • Successful Closing


HSE provides a full range of services as financial advisors or underwriters. The planning process begins with a review of a municipality’s finances, existing indebtedness, previous borrowing practices, budgets, and capital improvement plans. HSE identifies policy alternatives, assists in developing operating and capital budgets, and formulates alternative debt structures and financing techniques.

Underwriting Services

It is important to assess foreseeable project risks before structuring a financing. HSE helps develop options that permit your municipality to make informed decisions.

Housing (for non-profit and for profit entities)

  • Provide alternative financing structure, i.e. Credit Enhancement, on private placements
  • Coordinate tax-exempt volume cap applications
  • Coordinate activities for tax-credit applications
  • Coordinate activities to receive approval from the various local and state agencies
  • Market Bonds
  • Attend to closing details

Health Care
HSE provides the same applicable services for health care as with housing.

Infrastructure Development
On behalf of municipalities and developers, HSE structures infrastructure financing for water, wastewater, solid waste, streets, lighting, etc.

HSE assists schools with referendums, helps them secure bond insurance, markets bonds, and attends to closing details.

State and Federal Programs
HSE will assist issuers and other eligible entities obtain funding through various state and federal programs. Programs may provide lower interest rates, grants, matching funds or other assistance.

Ongoing Service
HSE will monitor issuers’ outstanding debt to provide information or advice on refunding (refinancing) opportunities.

Preparing Bond Issuance Documents

HSE will help prepare and distribute your official statements and other documentation needed to ensure that the sale of bonds complies with industry practices, laws and regulations. We work with bond counsel, construction professionals and auditors to safeguard your investment. HSE’s experience in financing public development projects lends significant value in problem solving, recognizing inconsistencies and negotiating better pricing, thereby saving your community time and money.

Marketing the Bonds

HSE aggressively markets your bond issue to achieve the lowest cost of financing. Our daily participation in the national bond markets assures you the most competitive rates.

Successful Closing

Document preparation for bonds involves many parties and takes time to develop and coordinate. We prepare the necessary documents for all of our clients’ transactions. We add value during this phase by liaising with our clients and their counsel to ensure that bond documents are accurate, sufficient, and filed in a timely manner.

For more information about any of our services please contact one of our New Mexico Public Finance Representatives.

Staff Biographies

Staff Biographies

  • Leo V. Valdez

Leo V. Valdez

Leo Valdez is a Senior Vice President and the manager for the Phoenix office. He has over 20 years experience in municipal finance in Arizona and the southwest, including extensive experience in industrial development authority bonds, sales tax (excise tax) revenue bonds, infrastructure finance, school districts, multi-family housing, single-family housing, hospitals, and special needs revenue bonds. Leo also has experience with rating agency and insurance company presentations. Prior to working in the investment banking industry, Leo worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. He was a specialist loan officer under the Business & Industry Loan Note Guarantee Program in Washington D.C. and later became the Chief for the program in the State of Arizona. He still implements government programs to assist issuers and companies obtain financing in the form of government loan guarantees and grants. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in Finance from American University, Washington, D.C. He is a board member of the Arizona Lottery Commission and sits on several charitable board organizations.

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Contact Us

  • Country Road 2, Drive 1743, House 28
    Espanola, NM 87532
    T 602.263.0163

    Public Finance Espanola
    Leo Valdez