ST. LOUIS, MO and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2012) -  Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) and Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC today announced an agreement whereby Stifel has acquired 100 percent of Miller Buckfire, effective immediately. 

"Ken Buckfire and his team comprise the preeminent franchise in restructuring advisory, and we are excited that Miller Buckfire is now a full partner of Stifel," said Ronald J. Kruszewski, Chairman, President, and CEO of Stifel Financial Corp. "We have been very pleased with the success of our strategic alliance. The decision to combine presented the logical next step following our initial investment a year and a half ago."

Victor Nesi, Co-Head of the Institutional Group at Stifel Financial, added, "As we continue to build our investment banking capabilities, bringing our two firms together enables us to efficiently provide capital markets and investment banking services to clients with special financing needs, such as those historically provided by Miller Buckfire."

"Through our combination with Stifel, we are confident we have the right platform from which we can continue to provide our clients with intelligent and creative restructuring advice to companies with unique financial challenges," said Kenneth A. Buckfire, Chief Executive Officer of Miller Buckfire. "Operating as part of Stifel will further enable us to provide a full range of capital markets solutions to our clients. My partners and I look forward with great optimism as we enter this new combination with Stifel."

Stifel Financial Company Information
Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) is a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri that conducts its banking, securities, and financial services business through several wholly owned subsidiaries. Stifel clients are served through Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated in the U.S., through Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc. in Canada, and through Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Company's broker-dealer affiliates provide securities brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to individual investors, professional money managers, businesses, and municipalities. Stifel Bank & Trust offers a full range of consumer and commercial lending solutions. Stifel Trust Company, N.A. offers trust and related services. To learn more about Stifel Financial, please visit the Company's website at

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Contact Information:

Stifel Investor Relations Contact
Sarah Anderson
(415) 364-2500

Miller Buckfire Contact
Chuck Dohrenwend or Dana Gorman
The Abernathy MacGregor Group
(212) 371-5999