KBW Recruits Senior FIG Investment Bankers in London

New Hires Substantially Expand the Firm’s Advisory Strength

NEW YORK and LONDON, June 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KBW, a full-service, boutique investment bank and broker-dealer that specializes in the financial services sector, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE:SF), today announced several significant hires to transform its advisory practice in London and grow its franchise across Europe.

Joining the firm from Deloitte are Managing Directors Garth Hackshall, Anurag Verma, and Simon Barrass, who bring a combined 60 years of investment banking experience and have advised on more than 70 transactions across financial services in the past six years.  

Alistair McKay, formerly of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, with over 25 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, has also been appointed Managing Director.

“KBW has earned a reputation for excellence in financial services investment banking based on the experience of our senior professionals, our track record of market innovation, and the depth and strength of our platform,” said Thomas Michaud, CEO of KBW. “The U.K. is a key area of growth for the firm and we are thrilled to welcome this group of talented advisors as we continue enhancing our global footprint.”

Mr. Hackshall has more than two decades of investment banking experience, most recently at Deloitte where he was a partner and led the Financial Institutions Group (“FIG”) Corporate Finance Team. He has acted as lead adviser on a wide range of M&A transactions for corporate clients, privately owned businesses, and financial sponsors in the areas of retail and commercial insurance, insurance distribution, reinsurers, banks, specialist lending, asset management, insurtech, and fintech.

Mr. Verma joins with 22 years of investment banking experience. As a partner in the FIG Corporate Finance Team at Deloitte, he was responsible for originating and leading transactions across a wide range of sub-sectors including: banks, specialist lending, credit management, asset finance, payments, financial technology, broker dealers, and capital markets infrastructure.  

Mr. Barrass also comes to KBW from Deloitte, where he was a partner in the FIG Corporate Finance Team, focused on M&A across insurance, financial services distribution, and financial services data and technology.

Mr. McKay arrives at KBW with a substantial track record advising clients on M&A, IPOs and capital markets transactions. Prior to his appointment, Mr. McKay was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, leading the asset and wealth management advisory groups at both banks. Most recently he was CEO at Alpha Strategic plc, a leading European family office where he built a diversified portfolio of private equity investments in asset managers.

Also joining from Deloitte’s FIG Corporate Finance business are Directors Peter Carter and Chris Reyniers and Vice President Steve Williams.

Mr. Carter comes with extensive experience across the insurance and insurtech sectors, advising clients on M&A transactions, debt-equity swaps, restructuring, and strategic options.

Mr. Reyniers brings 14 years of M&A credentials in financial services and specializes in financial technology, including within payments, capital markets, wealth management, and insurance.

Mr. Williams has a dozen years of M&A experience across the banking and specialty finance sector. 

“It is testament to the strength of the KBW platform that we are able to attract senior professionals of this calibre,” noted Rob Mann, Head of European Investment Banking at KBW. “The breadth of our product offering across advisory and capital markets, and the ability to leverage the expertise of our U.S. franchise, are powerful differentiators for KBW as we invest in our European business. The depth of experience that these individuals bring across all financial services sub-sectors will allow us to expand our presence in the region and open up new opportunities for our clients.”

About KBW
KBW (Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., operating in the U.S., and Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited, also trading as Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Europe, operating in Europe) is a Stifel company. Over the years, KBW has established itself as a leading independent authority in the banking, insurance, brokerage, asset management, mortgage banking and specialty finance sectors. Founded in 1962, the firm maintains industry‐leading positions in the areas of research, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions as well as sales and trading in equities securities of financial services companies.

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