Ziegler Hires New Healthcare Banker Gary Bunton Joins the New York Office

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Ziegler, a specialty investment banking firm with more than 100 years of experience, is pleased to welcome Gary Bunton as a managing director in its healthcare finance practice in New York. Ziegler assists hospitals and healthcare organizations with creative, tailored financial solutions for their capital needs by offering an array of services including investment banking, financial risk management, merger and acquisition services as well as capital and strategic planning.

We are pleased to have Gary join our healthcare finance practice. Gary’s many years of experience and expertise will enable us to assist our clients with all of their capital needs, provide strategic advice, and grow our practice nationally.

Ziegler, a specialty investment banking firm with more than 100 years of experience, is pleased to welcome Gary Bunton as a managing director in its healthcare finance practice in New York. Ziegler assists hospitals and healthcare organizations with creative, tailored financial solutions for their capital needs by offering an array of services including investment banking, financial risk management, merger and acquisition services as well as capital and strategic planning.

Mr. Bunton joins Ziegler as a managing director in the healthcare practice bringing over 35 years of healthcare finance and strategic advisory experience. He has been responsible for approximately 300 transactions aggregating $20 billion and has executed the full array of financing options including fixed and variable rate debt, complex refinancings, debt restructuring, and financial products. Gary has served healthcare organizations with revenues of $100 million to over $3 billion. Included are community hospitals, regional and multi-state systems, academic medical centers, and children’s facilities. Gary has been responsible for developing several innovative financing structures widely adapted by the industry and several landmark transactions. One recognized as an Institutional Investor “Deal of the Year” in 1984.

In addition to financings, Gary has led strategic engagements for health care system formation, mergers, acquisitions, sell-side assignments as well as multiple hospital relocation projects. He also has solid experience across the continuum of care working with physician groups, managed care organizations, laboratories, home healthcare, senior living, and a variety of real estate transactions.

Prior to joining Ziegler, Gary was a director with Huron Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare consulting firms in the country, providing clients strategic and capital markets advice as well as financial and credit analysis. He has held senior level positions with leading investment banks including Merrill Lynch, Shattuck Hammond Partners, and as group head at First Boston and UBS. In 2006 Gary formed Bunton & Co., providing strategic and financial advisory to healthcare organizations, companies providing healthcare services to not-for-profits and private equity firms.

John Hanley, Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Finance at Ziegler, stated, “We are pleased to have Gary join our healthcare finance practice. Gary’s many years of experience and expertise will enable us to assist our clients with all of their capital needs, provide strategic advice, and grow our practice nationally.”

For more information about Ziegler, please visit us at http://www.Ziegler.com.

About Ziegler:

The Ziegler Companies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ZGCO) together with its affiliates (Ziegler) is a specialty investment bank with unique expertise in complex credit structures and advisory services. Nationally, Ziegler is ranked as one of the leading investment banking firms in its specialty sectors of healthcare, senior living, religion and education finance, as well as corporate finance and FHA/HUD. Headquartered in Chicago, IL with regional and branch offices throughout the U.S., Ziegler creates tailored financial solutions including bond financing, advisory, private placement, seed capital, M&A, risk and asset management. Ziegler serves institutional and individual investors through its wealth management and capital markets distribution channels.

Certain comments in this news release represent forward-looking statements made pursuant to the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This client’s experience may not be representative of the experience of other clients, nor is it indicative of future performance or success.
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