NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -  Maxim Group LLC, a leading full-service investment banking, securities and wealth management firm today announced the appointment of James T. Barker as its new managing director, head of institutional sales and sales trading. In his new position, Barker will run the day-to-day operations of the extensive institutional equities business of Maxim Group.

"Jamie's strong management experience with over 20 years of institutional sales and trading will be a major factor in the continued growth of our institutional coverage," noted Christopher J. Fiore, President and head of capital markets at Maxim Group LLC. "Jamie has a significant following in the industry, and we are pleased to have an individual of his caliber join us," said Fiore.

Mr. Barker brings over two decades worth of institutional sales and sales trading to Maxim Group. He began his career at CJ Lawrence / Deutsche Bank as a managing director of US Equity trading where he was responsible for a 100-person sales and trading team. In 1998, Mr. Barker joined Credit Lyonnais as a managing director where he was instrumental in integrating the US and international trading platforms. He later became the COO of the Equity Division of Wasserstein Perella where he was responsible for US equity distribution to Europe. Mr. Barker held similar positions with Think Equity Partners, Conifer Securities and most recently with Collins Stewart LLC. He graduated from Iona College with a BBA in Finance.

About Maxim Group LLC

Maxim Group LLC is a full-service investment banking firm headquartered in New York. Maxim Group provides a full array of financial services including investment banking; private wealth management; and global institutional equity, fixed-income and derivatives sales and trading as well as equity research. Maxim Group currently manages in excess of $5 billion in client assets. The investment banking group focuses on middle market and emerging growth companies within the shipping, energy, health care, technology, retail, and business and financial services sectors. The institutional coverage of Maxim Group spans North and South America, Europe and Asia. Maxim Group LLC is a registered as a broker-dealer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is a member of the following: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB); Securities Insurance Protection Corporation (SIPC); International Securities Exchange (ISE); NASDAQ Stock Market and the NYSE Arca, Inc. To learn more about Maxim Group, visit

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