LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - Imperial Capital, LLC ("Imperial Capital") expands its Institutional Sales and Trading Group as it announces the addition of three prominent new sales and trading professionals. The Firm recently named Philip Pecsok as Senior Vice President and OTC Trader. Philip joined Imperial Capital from Crowell, Weedon & Co. where he served as Head of Equity Trading. In addition, Imperial Capital's Institutional Sales force adds John Lennon as Senior Vice President and Louis Cowell as Vice President. Most recently, John Lennon served as Vice President, High Yield Sales with RBC Capital Markets and Louis Cowell served as Vice President, Hedge Fund Sales with Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

"Philip, John and Louis bring significant industry experience to our elite team of 40 salesmen and traders. We look forward to continuing to provide our clients with the best talent to deliver expertise in all aspects of an issuer's capital structure," states Neal Thomas, Director of Institutional Sales.

About Imperial Capital

Founded in 1997, Imperial Capital is a full service institutional securities brokerage and investment banking firm based in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Whitefish, Montana. The firm currently employs over 150 professionals and offers a wide range of sophisticated, value-added products and services to institutional investors and middle-market companies. Imperial Capital specializes in the research and sales and trading of high-yield and distressed debt securities, bank debt, convertible bonds, preferred stocks, and equities. Imperial Capital's investment banking group provides mergers and acquisitions, restructuring advisory, and capital raising services to middle market companies.

Contact Information: For more information contact: Neal Thomas Director of Institutional Sales (212) 351-9715 www.imperialcapital.com