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Seagrave Leaves JP Morgan to Join Jefferies

James Seagrave joined Jefferies as an MD in the global financial sponsors investment banking group. He will be based in London and will focus on coverage of UK based financial sponsors. Prior to this, Seagrave spent his whole career at J.P. Morgan where he recently was an MD in their financial sponsors coverage group.


Jefferies today announced the appointment of James Seagrave as a Managing Director in the firm’s Global Financial Sponsors Investment Banking Group. He will be based in the firm’s London office and will focus on coverage of UK based financial sponsors.

“Comprehensive coverage of financial sponsor clients throughout the world is a vital part of Jefferies investment banking strategy,” commented Benjamin D. Lorello, Global Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Jefferies. “James will become a vital part of one of the largest teams of senior bankers dedicated to financial sponsor coverage in our industry.”

“James’ considerable relationships across a large number of private equity funds in the UK, alongside his experience in originating and executing transactions, will significantly enhance our European financial sponsors coverage platform,” commented Peter Bacchus and Dominic Lester, Joint Heads of European Investment Banking at Jefferies.

Adam Sokoloff, Global Head of Financial Sponsors Coverage at Jefferies, added, “We are pleased to welcome James to Jefferies as we continue to expand our global sponsor coverage footprint and focus on providing our European private equity clients with comprehensive capital raising and advisory services.”

Mr. Seagrave brings to Jefferies 22 years of investment banking experience. He joins Jefferies from J.P. Morgan (and its predecessor Chase Manhattan), where he spent his entire career. While at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Seagrave spent seven years as a Managing Director in their Financial Sponsor Coverage Group and prior to that spent 10 years in their European Telecommunications and Media Investment Banking Group, including as Managing Director and Co-Head of the European Telecommunications Group. He received his BA from the University of Bristol in the UK.

Jefferies Group, Inc. (NYSE: JEF), a global securities and investment banking firm, has served companies and investors for nearly 50 years