LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) -

Imperial Capital announced that Brian Walter has joined the Firm as a Managing Director and Senior Trader in the Institutional Sales & Trading Group, based out of Imperial's New York Office. Before joining Imperial, Mr. Walter was most recently a Managing Director with UBS, where he worked for nearly eight years as the Head of US Credit Index Trading and prior to this, Head of US High Yield Trading. Previously, he was Vice President, High Yield Trading with Lehman Brothers. Mr. Walter has broad industry experience including autos, industrials, homebuilding/building, telecommunications, cable, technology, healthcare, and retail.

"Brian's significant experience in high yield and credit index trading will be a valuable asset to the firm and demonstrates our commitment to provide our clients opportunities across the capital structure," said Jason Reese, CEO of Imperial Capital Group. "Senior professionals from Wall Street recognize the strength of our uniquely integrated platform of institutional sales & trading, research, capital markets and investment banking and continue to join our team."

"I am pleased to join Imperial Capital, a Firm that has many years of experience, shown great success within a number of changing market conditions and the ability to provide clients with expertise across the capital structure," said Walter.

About Imperial Capital, LLC

Imperial Capital, founded in 1997, is a full-service investment banking firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. The firm currently employs over 160 professionals and offers a wide range of proprietary 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 capital markets, M&A, and restructuring and recapitalization advisory services to middle market companies. For more information, please visit www.imperialcapital.com.