ATLANTA - In an effort to expand its municipal bond business in Louisiana, Little Rock-based Stephens Inc. yesterday hired two senior investment bankers from Howard Weil, Labouisse, Friedrichs Inc. of New Orleans.

William Bethea, Stephens' manager of public finance, said that David "Buck" Landry, previously Howard Weil's head of public finance, will manage an office that the firm will open in New Orleans next month. Landry has been joined by Mark Hattier, who had been a vice president of public finance at Howard Weil, Bethea said.

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