LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - Imperial Capital Group, Inc. today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the proposed initial public offering of its class A common shares.

BofA Merrill Lynch, JMP Securities and Imperial Capital, LLC are serving as joint bookrunners for the offering.

When available, a copy of the preliminary prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from BofA Merrill Lynch, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080, Attention: Prospectus Department, or JMP Securities, Prospectus Department, 600 Montgomery Street 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111, or Imperial Capital, LLC, Prospectus Department, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, 9th Floor, South Tower, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.

This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy class A common stock of Imperial Capital, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

Imperial Capital is a newly formed Delaware corporation that has been formed to hold the equity interests in, and manage the subsidiaries of, Imperial Capital Group, LLC. Imperial Capital is an investment banking firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Houston. Imperial Capital offers sales and trading services to institutional investors and investment banking advisory, capital markets and restructuring services to middle market corporate clients and provides proprietary research, including bank debt, debt securities, hybrid securities, preferred and common equity and special situations claims.

Contact Information: Media Contact: Anna Halloran Jacob 310-246-3675 ahalloranjacob@imperialcapital.com