Our Background

Executive Summary

The history of Mischler Financial Group began soon after the State of California led the nation by pioneering legislation that mandated the establishment of a Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise profile.  This landmark initiative enabled the creation of a new, minority-owned business category to support service disabled veterans (SDVs) in their pursuit of entrepreneurial initiatives. The spirit of this legislation was since adopted by the United States Congress through the enactment of The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Act of 1999 (The Act); legislation that was further expanded by Congress in 2001.**

Mischler Financial Group’s executive leadership team offers the combination of exemplary military background and financial industry acumen. Both the Founder & Chairman Emeritus Walter M. Mischler (now retired), and Chief Executive Officer and Principal Dean Chamberlain both graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, and both served multiple tours of duty prior to transitioning to careers within the financial services industry. Walt served with distinction and decoration in the Vietnam theater before suffering a disabling injury, which in turn led to the beginning of an illustrious career.  Dean’s six-year military career was cut short due to injuries sustained during a training mission; he later secured his MBA at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Business, which propelled him into the financial services industry.

Throughout the course of their having a combined five decades of financial market volatility and industry change, Walt and Dean have served in command and control roles. Their respective careers are highlighted by leadership skills and commitment to fiduciary obligation, providing institutional investor insight and fluency in various equity and fixed income investment vehicles utilized by fund managers. When the firm’s leadership baton was passed to Dean, he immediately demonstrated to clients and customers a unique command of the logistical requirements that run parallel to meeting the needs of the most demanding constituents.

However, what sets Mischler Financial Group apart from other boutique, “diversity-certified firms” is a unique fluency of the capital markets ecosystem, our ability to expertly navigate primary and secondary markets on behalf of clients and customers, and, at the same time, for our dedication to serving as an advocate for the Service-Disabled Veteran community. During the past three decades, Mischler has mentored numerous SDV protégés within the Mischler Financial Group platform and across the corporate landscape. We are honored to have earned a reputation for serving with distinction and integrity in the course of meeting the diverse and demanding needs of the industry’s most-revered corporate treasurers, government entities, and a broad spectrum of public pensions and institutional fund managers.

At Mischler Financial Group, we are proud of our executive team’s success in leveraging their respective military backgrounds to leadership roles within the financial industry, for their dedication to guiding service-disabled veterans in their career journeys, and for inspiring all of us in the course of the firm’s focus on “paying back by paying forward”. Our team’s unwavering commitment to fiduciary obligation, our dedication to excellence, and our commitment to offering domain expertise across a full spectrum of investment vehicles ensures that our clients and customers receive exceptional service, even in the face of market volatility and industry change. Contact us today to learn more about how we can serve your specific needs.


*California’s Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Program provides an annual mandate for which 3% of all contracts let by all entities of the State government and 5% of all contracts let by public utilities, regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission, be provided to business enterprises owned and operated by disabled veterans (DVBE). A complete outline of the California Program is available here.

**The Act requires that the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies implement policies and programs assisting veterans, particularly service disabled veterans (SDV’s), in among other things, the procurement of contracts with federal agencies. The government-wide goals for participation by SDV’s was set to be at least 3% of the total value of all prime contract awards for each fiscal year. According to legal opinion the 3% mandate applies to the financial services sector since the law seeks to improve the position of minority, women and disabled veterans business enterprises in procuring construction, commodities and professional service contracts.

 Primary Debt Capital Markets

1000+Offerings | 230+ Issuers | $2 Trillion+ 

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 175+ Follow-on Offerings (115 Issuers)

Better Execution

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