HamiltonClark |About|Team|John M. May

John M. May

Managing Director

St. Louis, MO

John is a career investment banker who specializes in all forms of debt (taxable, tax-exempt, government guaranteed) and project finance. He is a seasoned project finance investment banker who has financed a significant number of projects and companies in his 25-year banking career. He is credited with having pioneered the use of bonds as a form of project finance debt in the renewables market. In the past 10 years, he has become one of the top renewable energy bankers in the country, having developed a national practice in renewable energy finance focusing on biofuels, biomass, biochemical and bioproducts.

Prior to joining HamiltonClark he was:

  • Founder and Co-Head of the Stern Brothers & Co (investment bank) Renewable Energy practice, based in St. Louis
  • Vice President, and Director in Public Finance with Edward D. Jones & Co. in St. Louis

Prior to his investment banking career, he practiced law at two national firms:

  • Associate at Spencer, Fane, Britt and Browne, Kansas City
  • Associate at Butler & Binion, based in Dallas

Corporate Boards, Non-Profits, Professional Associations, and Awards

Currently and previously a member of the Board of:

  • Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. The first banker ever to receive an award from CAAFI, the sustainability subsidiary of the international airline association, for financial innovation in the biojet industry.

Education, Securities Licenses

  • Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude from Brown University
  • MBA (with concentration in Finance) from University of Kansas
  • Juris Doctor degree from University of Kansas
  • Registered Securities Professional and holds Series 7 and 63 licenses
  • Lives in St. Louis