President & CEO
Craig Underwood serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of BLX Group LLC (“BLX”) and chairs BLX’s management committee. In these capacities, Mr. Underwood is responsible for the overall management of and strategic planning at BLX.
Mr. Underwood joined BLX’s predecessor organization, the Financial Services Group (FSG) of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in 1989. From 1989 through 1993, he was FSG’s senior quantitative analyst, responsible for managing FSG’s analyst staff and the production of all technical analytics.
Mr. Underwood assumed chief executive responsibility for FSG in 1998. Since 1998, he has continued to head FSG/BLX’s expansion, highlighted by the acquisitions of Funds Services Advisors, a California based investment advisory firm and Dain Rauscher’s arbitrage practice and the openings of offices in Dallas, Tampa and Phoenix. Under Mr. Underwood’s leadership, BLX expanded its scope of services to include investment, debt and derivative advisory services, continuing disclosure services, and program administrative services for complex securitizations. In addition to his chief executive responsibilities, Mr. Underwood is the head of BLX’s advisory services practice, overseeing the firm’s debt, derivative and capital market practices.
Mr. Underwood is a frequent lecturer on debt, investment and arbitrage-related matters, having addressed various industry organizations on such matters on dozens of occasions. Mr. Underwood is a co-author of the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission’s Debt Issuance Primer and a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, California Municipal Treasurer’s Association, California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and several other industry organizations.
Mr. Underwood is a graduate of Princeton University where he received a BA in Politics.
Mr. Underwood is a registered Municipal Advisor representative and Investment Advisor representative holding the Series 50 and Series 65 registrations.