Jefferies Expands Fixed Income Sales and Trading and Global Equity Research

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Jefferies is building up its fixed income sales and trading as well as its global equity research teams.

In a Press Release the investment bank announced today the hiring of Susan Bonsell as a Managing Director in Fixed Income Sales. She'll be based in the firm's Dallas office.

"We are pleased to welcome Susan to Jefferies and believe her broad experience and strong institutional relationships will extend our firm's reach and add value to our clients as we continue to build Jefferies' fixed income sales and trading effort globally," commented William Jennings and Johan Eveland, Global Co-Heads of Fixed Income at Jefferies.

Jefferies' fixed income business has nearly 525 professionals globally who are focused on the sales and trading of mortgage- and asset-backed securities, investment grade corporate bonds, high yield bonds, U.S. and European government and agency securities, municipal bonds, repo finance, whole loans, leveraged loans, distressed securities and emerging markets debt.

A veteran with 20 years experience, Ms. Bonsell joins Jefferies from Deutsche Bank, where she was a Director in Fixed Income sales. Previously, she held similar roles at JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Keegan. She received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a BA from Duke University.

In a separate release today Jefferies announced the additions of Naomi Kumagai, Makarim Salman and Masahiro Wakasugi as Senior Equity Research Analysts based in Tokyo. Ms. Kumagai will cover the Healthcare sector, Mr. Salman will cover the Financial Services and Insurance sectors, and Mr. Wakasugi will cover the Technology sector.

Jefferies now has 15 equity research analysts covering over 75 companies in Asia. As part of the firm's ongoing build-out in the region, Jefferies plans to continue to add equities professionals and expand research coverage accordingly.

Jefferies is establishing a full-service equity sales, trading, and research platform in Asia with a focus on Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Korea and Taiwan. The firm's equities business now consists of more than 700 professionals globally, including over 200 outside the U.S. Jefferies offers sales and trading services in a full range of equity products, including cash equities, electronic trading, equity derivatives, exchange traded funds, convertibles, prime brokerage, securities finance and more than 215 equity research professionals globally covering over 1,100 companies.

Ms. Kumagai joins the firm from Macquarie Capital Securities, where she spent three years as a Senior Equity Research Analyst covering Healthcare and Pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Salman comes from Macquarie Capital Securities, where he spent three years as a Senior Equity Research Analyst covering Insurance and Securities companies. Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Wakasugi was with AllianceBernstein, where he spent 10 years and was most recently a Senior Vice President and Equity Research Analyst.

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