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Chicago City Council Passes Budget With Big Tax Hikes

October 28, 2015
The Bond Buyer

Chicago's city council Wednesday easily approved a record property tax hike as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $7.8 billion 2016 budget. "The mayor has demonstrated leadership and political will by raising the property tax. The mayor is taking action to solve the city's problems but the city is still beholden to the state and so his hands are tied," said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners. "Now we are waiting to see the same leadership in Springfield where there is a real vacuum."

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Chicago's Enterprise Paper Fares Better With Buyside

October 15, 2015
The Bond Buyer

Investors squeezed a more modest penalty out of Chicago on a recent $419 million wastewater revenue bond deal than they have demanded on its general obligation paper, market participants said. The wastewater deal was Chicago’s second in two weeks in which it offered revenue-backed bonds that fared dramatically better than its GOs. “The market is differentiating the city from its enterprise systems and there is high confidence that the enterprise systems will pay,” said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners. “Professionals understand the differences.”

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Houston's Allegiance Bank goes public, sees initial stock gain

October 9, 2015
Houston Chronicle

Houston-based Allegiance Bancshares launched its initial public offering Thursday at $21 a share and ended the day with a significant gain.

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Acquisitive banks say it's paramount to keep regulators up to speed

October 8, 2015
SNL

Highly acquisitive banking companies say consistent success on the M&A front is dependent on well-established lines of communication with regulators and is often boosted by advanced understanding of potential targets and their markets, proven due diligence practices and immediate efforts to mesh acquired employees into the buyer's culture. Daniel Bass, managing director of investment banking at Performance Trust Capital Partners, said that it is also important for sellers to be keenly aware of regulatory matters affecting M&A.

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