Cantor Fitzgerald Names Leveraged Finance Chief

David Stith has joined Cantor Fitzgerald as a managing director, head of leveraged finance and head of financial sponsor coverage. He previously was a managing director in Merrill Lynch’s leveraged finance group.

Cantor Fitzgerald announced today that David Stith has joined its Investment Banking Group as Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsor Coverage. Mr. Stith joins Cantor’s growing investment banking practice that is expected to add approximately 50-70 bankers over the next 12-18 months to specifically target middle market clients.

Mr. Stith has over 25 years of industry experience, most recently with Merrill Lynch & Co. where he was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group. Mr. Stith will be responsible at Cantor Fitzgerald for originating, structuring, marketing and executing leveraged finance transactions and covering financial sponsors’ clients.

While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Stith worked on some of their largest leveraged finance transactions, including Freeport-McMoRan’s $25.9 billion acquisition of Phelps Dodge, Hertz Corporation’s $15.5 billion leveraged buyout by a consortium of private equity firms and the largest buyout of a for profit education company, Education Management Corporation for $3.4billion.

Mr. Stith also previously held positions at Bear Stearns and Bank of America. Mr. Stith received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“I am very pleased that David has joined our growing team. As we further develop our Leveraged Finance Team David’s skills, experience and relationships will add strength to our group and enable us to achieve even greater market presence,” said Shawn Matthews, CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Mr. Stith stated, “I am proud to have the opportunity to join Cantor Fitzgerald and play a leading role in building its middle market investment banking effort. The firm’s terrific legacy in the fixed income market provides a superb basis for a natural progression to provide our clients with even more valued- added services.”

Cantor Fitzgerald added nearly a hundred sales and trading professionals in 2008 and another 125 new strategic hires since the first of this year to its Debt Capital Markets Group and is continuing to grow the fixed income, equity and investment banking businesses.

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