Mark Burton Leaves Barclays Capital for Evercore

Mark Burton has agreed to join Evercore Partners as a senior managing director in the firm’s advisory unit. He previously was a vice chairman of Barclays Capital.

Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE: EVR) announced today that Mark H. Burton has agreed to join the firm’s Advisory business as a Senior Managing Director. Mr. Burton, who will be based in New York, comes to Evercore from Barclays Capital, where he was most recently a Vice Chairman and a senior member of the Financial Institutions Group. Prior to the acquisition of the U.S. operations of Lehman Brothers, Mr. Burton was a Vice Chairman at Lehman, and was a member of the firm’s Strategic Committee, Senior Client Council and Business Development Committee. At Evercore, as with Barclays and with Lehman, Mr. Burton will provide senior-level counsel to the world’s leading financial institutions.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome one of the preeminent investment bankers in the financial services sector to Evercore,” said Ralph Schlosstein, President and Chief Executive Officer of Evercore Partners. “I have known Mark for almost 30 years and I believe his exceptional reputation, senior-level relationships and deep expertise will significantly enhance Evercore’s franchise. Additionally, Mark’s appointment speaks to Evercore’s continued ability to attract world class talent, furthers our goal of broadening our capabilities in key market sectors and positions the firm for continued growth as the M&A market recovers.”

“We are thrilled to have Mark join the Evercore team – he is a banker cut in the Evercore mold, capable of delivering trusted advice to his long-term relationships,” said Jane Gladstone Wheeler, the leader of Evercore’s Financial Institutions Group.

Over the course of his 28-year career as an investment banker, Mr. Burton has advised on a number of the most significant transactions in the financial services sector. These include being part of the team that advised The Royal Bank of Scotland in its acquisition of ABN AMRO; Golden West in its sale to Wachovia; Charter One in its sale to Citizens Financial; numerous acquisitions for Sovereign Bancorp, including its sale to Banco Santander; Riggs National in its sale to PNC; GreenPoint in its sale to North Fork; Banknorth in its sale to Toronto-Dominion; Huntington Bancshares in its acquisition of Sky Financial; as well as a number of FDIC/RTC Assisted Transactions, among others.

“I am excited to join such a highly regarded investment banking boutique and to be part of a talented team of people that I have enjoyed working with over the years, especially Roger and Ralph, whom I first got to know at Lehman Brothers,” said Mr. Burton. “There are a number of important long-term client relationships that I look forward to continuing to focus on at Evercore, while also helping the firm broaden its financial services expertise at this important turning point for the industry.”

Mr. Burton, 50, began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1981 and held a number of increasingly senior positions with the firm’s investment banking division over the course of his career, becoming a Managing Director and Partner of the firm in 1990 and a Vice Chairman in 2007. Mr. Burton graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981. He is currently a board member of Newcastle Investment Holdings, a private partnership.

About Evercore Partners

Evercore Partners is a leading investment banking boutique and investment management firm. Evercore’s Advisory business counsels its clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings and other strategic transactions. Evercore’s Investment Management business comprises wealth management, institutional asset management and private equity investing. Evercore serves a diverse set of clients around the world from its offices in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, London, Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico. More information about Evercore can be found on the Company’s Web site at EVR-X