LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2010) -  Imperial Capital, LLC ("Imperial") announced that Jeff Zolkin has joined the firm as Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Finance in the Investment Banking Group based out of the firm's Los Angeles office. Mr. Zolkin's experience and successful track record over many years in leveraged finance, integrates well with Imperial's full platform of investment banking services, and enhances Imperial's continuing push into the high yield segment. "We expect that Jeff will utilize his deep knowledge of the high yield markets to enable middle market companies to access this very attractive and highly flexible source of capital. A number of middle market companies mistakenly believe they are too small to access the high yield market, yet with the support of Imperial's robust distribution capabilities, many of these companies can issue high yield bonds," said Jason Reese, CEO of Imperial Capital Group, LLC. 

Mr. Zolkin has over 15 years of experience in the securities industry with expertise in global leveraged finance, distressed debt, restructuring and special situation transactions. Before joining Imperial, Mr. Zolkin was a Managing Director and co-founder of the debt capital markets group at Global Hunter Securities and was previously a senior banker in the Leveraged Finance group at Jefferies. "Imperial Capital has tremendous relationships with high yield buyers and I look forward to joining the team and helping to develop a dominant platform for delivering high yield and other debt capital markets solutions to middle market companies," said Mr. Zolkin.

"The addition of Jeff complements our Corporate Finance efforts beyond our current advisory team which now includes over 60 professionals," said Chris Shepard, Managing Director and Co-Head of Corporate Finance. "We look forward to his integration with our finance team as we continue to execute our full service M&A, Financing and Restructuring advisory capabilities."

About Imperial Capital, LLC
Imperial Capital, founded in 1997, is a full-service investment banking firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Boston and Houston. The firm currently employs over 170 professionals and offers a wide range of proprietary products and services to institutional investors, middle market companies, and private equity firms. Imperial Capital provides institutional clients research and sales and trading of high yield and distressed debt securities, bank debt, convertible bonds, preferred stocks, and equities. The firm provides middle market companies and financial sponsors with capital markets, merger and acquisitions, capital structure, restructuring and recapitalization advisory services. More information about Imperial Capital can be found at www.imperialcapital.com.

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