NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2013) -  Maxim Group LLC, a leading full service investment banking, securities and wealth management firm, today announced the appointment of Ronald Barone as a Senior Energy Analyst.

Mr. Barone's appointment is part of an ongoing expansion of Maxim Group's Equity Research Division. "The addition of Ron, a well-respected analyst with a large institutional following, supports our growth initiatives in verticals that our clients have expressed a strong interest in coverage," said Anthony V. Vendetti, Executive Managing Director of Research at Maxim Group LLC.

Prior to joining Maxim Group, Mr. Barone served as a Managing Director of the Natural Gas and Electric Power Group at UBS since 2000. An Analyst since 1971, he specializes in Natural Gas Pipelines/Distribution companies. During his career, Mr. Barone has also covered Exploration & Production companies, Electric Utilities, Coal companies, Independent Power Producers, and Master Limited Partnerships. He has been ranked on Institutional Investor's All-America Research Team for 38 consecutive years and was ranked number one in the Natural Gas category from 2007-2012. Prior to the UBS AG acquisition of PaineWebber Inc., Ron was the Natural Gas Analyst at PaineWebber. Before that, he followed Natural Gas and Electric Utilities at Kidder Peabody & Co. Mr. Barone is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Gas Foundation. He holds an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.A. in economics from Manhattan College.

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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, equity research and prime brokerage services. 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 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); NASDAQ Stock Market and the NYSE Arca, Inc. To learn more about Maxim Group, visit

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