Imperial Capital Adds Barnes as MD

David M.V. Barnes will join Imperial Capital as a managing director and head of its financial sponsors coverage team in the investment bank’s LA office. Previously, Barnes had been with investment bank Houlihan Lokey.


LOS ANGELES, CA — Jun 08, 2011 — Imperial Capital, LLC (“Imperial”) announced that David M.V. Barnes has joined the firm as Managing Director, Head of Financial Sponsors Coverage in the Investment Banking Group based out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Barnes will lead Imperial’s focus on developing and maintaining long-term relationships with the industry’s leading middle-market private equity firms. Mr. Barnes comes to Imperial with a deep understanding of the private equity community that will complement Imperial’s comprehensive capital markets capabilities and industry expertise designed to maximize value for Imperial’s clients.

Prior to joining Imperial Capital, Mr. Barnes was a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey, where he was integral in developing the firm’s strategy for global coverage of private equity firms. Over his nearly 25 year career in investment banking, Mr. Barnes has earned the reputation as a transformative builder of highly successful, recurring revenue business models within the middle market investment banking environment. Mr. Barnes earned a Master of Business Administration from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.

“I am thrilled to be joining Imperial Capital and helping deliver its powerful debt and equity capital markets and M&A franchise to the sponsor community and their portfolio companies. Financial sponsors are voracious consumers of Imperial’s investment banking services and I am excited about providing sponsors access to Imperial’s leading industry and products groups to better coordinate transaction opportunities,” said Mr. Barnes.

“David brings a wealth of experience and private equity relationships that will significantly bolster our goal of providing the financial sponsor community with comprehensive coverage and proprietary investment ideas through seamless coordination of Imperial’s advisory, capital markets and industry expertise,” said John E. Mack III, Co-Head of Investment Banking and head of M&A.

“We are excited about having David showcase Imperial Capital’s middle-market leading high yield capabilities to his wealth of private equity contacts during this period of unprecedented favorable terms for issuers,” added Christopher Shepard, Co-Head of Investment Banking and Head of Capital Markets.

“As Imperial Capital continues to grow and enhance its market presence, we recognize the importance of deepening our relationships and expanding our contacts with senior private equity and hedge fund executives. David has spent the majority of his 25 year career generating investment ideas and developing relationships with financial sponsors across North America and we are excited about him joining our team,” said Jason Reese, Chairman and CEO of Imperial Capital.

About Imperial Capital, LLC

Imperial Capital, founded in 1997, is a full-service investment banking firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Boston, Chicago and Houston. The firm currently employs over 170 professionals and offers a wide range of proprietary products and services to institutional investors, middle market companies, and private equity firms. Imperial Capital provides institutional clients research and sales and trading of high yield and distressed debt securities, bank debt, convertible bonds, preferred stocks, and equities. The firm provides middle market companies and financial sponsors with capital markets, merger and acquisitions, capital structure, restructuring and recapitalization advisory services. More information about Imperial Capital can be found at