LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2015) - Imperial Capital Group, LLC ("Imperial Capital") announced today the expansion of its research team which provides value added investment research across the capital structure with the hiring of a senior energy analyst, Nilesh Patel. Mr. Patel, a Wall Street veteran in the energy sector, is based in New York and reports to Ed Mally, Managing Director and Head of Institutional Research. This new hire is part of Imperial Capital's efforts to expand and deepen its energy strategy and solutions offered to institutional investors in the U.S. and the EEA. Mr. Patel will focus on the analysis of energy securities across the capital structure of E&P and Services issuers, event-driven investment opportunities, and energy industry trends.

"With energy being an important focus for us and the institutional investor community, we hired Nilesh Patel to expand our deep research expertise in this sector," said Tom Corcoran, President of Imperial Capital. "We believe in a differentiated approach to research in that we focus on relative values throughout the capital structure within industries where we have significant expertise, such as energy. Hiring Nilesh enables us to execute this approach given his abilities in energy analysis along with our existing energy research capabilities."

Nilesh Patel joins Imperial Capital as a Managing Director in the Institutional Research Group and brings over 20 years of credit experience to Imperial Capital's franchise. Most recently, Mr. Patel was a Managing Director & Senior Desk Analyst with Seaport Group and formerly, Global Hunter Securities covering relative value analysis on energy companies. Prior to this, Mr. Patel spent seven years in investment management as an analyst and trader, after beginning his career in a variety of roles, including high yield and distressed desk analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. Mr. Patel earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BSBA, magna cum laude, from Boston University. In addition, Mr. Patel holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute.

About Imperial Capital, LLC
Imperial Capital is a full-service investment bank offering a uniquely integrated platform of comprehensive services to institutional investors and middle market companies. We offer sophisticated sales and trading services to institutional investors and a wide range of investment banking advisory, capital markets and restructuring services to middle market corporate clients. Paired with our proprietary research and sales & trading desk analysis, we provide investment analysis across an issuer's capital structure, including bank loans, debt securities, the hybrid/bank capital marketplace (through our ELP Framework), post-reorganization equities, special situations claims and listed and unlisted equities. Our comprehensive and integrated service platform, expertise across the global capital structure, and deep industry sector knowledge enable us to provide clients with research driven ideas, superior advisory services, and trade execution. We are quick to identify opportunities under any market conditions and we have a proven track record of offering creative, proprietary solutions to our clients. Imperial Capital has three principal businesses: Investment Banking, Institutional Sales & Trading and Institutional Research. More information about Imperial Capital can be found at www.imperialcapital.com.

About Imperial Capital (International), LLP
Imperial Capital International, founded in 2011, is an affiliate of Imperial Capital, LLC with an office in central London. Complementing Imperial Capital's existing fixed income sales and trading franchise, Imperial Capital International expanded the Imperial Capital franchise into the EEA. The company focuses on selling the entire credit spectrum and capital structure to its European institutional clients.

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For more information regarding Imperial Capital, LLC, founded in 1997, please contact:

Mark Martis
(310) 246-3674

For more information regarding Imperial Capital (International), LLP, please contact:

Brian Robertson
44 (0) 207 650 5401