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KBW's Financial Services Group is one of the most active advisors in the field. We serve public and private clients in the specialty finance, mortgage finance, securities, alternative asset management, and financial technology sectors, among others. We provide merger, acquisition and divestiture, general & strategic, and special committee advisory services. Our core services also include secondary, follow-on, and private placement equity offerings, as well as public and private debt offerings, hybrid security offerings, and IPOs.

Our senior bankers bring unique and nuanced insight to our distinctive set of clients. Our team has extensive advisory and capital raising experience in a range of transaction types across the financial institutions sector. Our teams in North America and Europe coordinate closely on many assignments—particularly in the areas of asset management and securities. All assignments are staffed with senior bankers who serve as independent advisors to our clients.


Keith E. Meyers

Managing Director, Group Head, Co-Head Specialty Finance
Fin Tech / Business Services, Consumer Finance, Commercial Finance

Kenneth S. Taratus, Jr.

Managing Director
Private Debt Placements, Structured Products

James (Jim) T. Chester, III

Consumer Finance, Commercial Finance

Irena Mihailova Snider

Specialty Finance, Private Placements


Michael H. Jones

Managing Director, Co-Head Specialty Finance
Commercial Finance, Consumer Finance, Capital Markets

Allen G. Laufenberg, CFA

Managing Director
BDCs, RICs, Banks, Capital Markets

New York

Jennifer L. Fuller

Managing Director
Mortgage Finance, Consumer Finance, Commercial Finance

Manabu Sasaki

Managing Director
Asia Coverage, Commercial Finance

Murat Tastan

Managing Director
Commercial Finance, Consumer Finance

Frederick W. Wassmundt

Managing Director
Structured Products

Brian Wornow

Managing Director
Mortgage & Real Estate Services

Jonathan T. Hemmert

Capital Markets, Fin Tech / Business Services

Stephen R. Pollock

Structured Products, Commercial Finance

Select Transactions (more)

Date KBW Client Transaction (mm)
10/05/17 Access Point Financial Inc. Sale to Wafra Capital Partners Inc. Undisclosed
07/31/17 LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. Sale to People's United Bank, N.A. Undisclosed
07/31/17 NEF Holdings Sale to Solar Capital Ltd. $210.0
07/03/17 Wunderlich Securities, Inc. Sale to B. Riley Financial Inc. $67.0
06/08/17 Health Credit Services, LLC Private Equity Placement Undisclosed
06/01/17 SquareTwo Financial Services Sale of portfolio assets to Resurgent Holdings LLC Undisclosed
04/12/17 Lovell Minnick Partners Acquisition of Global Financial Credit Undisclosed
07/14/16 Abel Noser Sale of Abel Noser to Estancia Undisclosed
07/01/16 Sterne Agee Sale of Correspondent Clearning & Wealth Management Business of INTL FCStone Undisclosed
06/22/16 Hercules Capital Senior Notes Offering $69.0
05/26/16 Fidus Investment Corporation Follow-On Offering $38.0
05/16/16 American Homes 4 Rent Preferred Stock Offering $225.0
04/13/16 Newtek Business Services Corp. Senior Notes Offering $40.0
08/31/15 Hatteras Financial Corp. Acquisition of Pingora Asset Management, LLC $28.0
08/18/15 PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. Acquisition of MCG Capital Corp. $176.0
08/12/15 Houlihan Lokey Inc. Initial Public Offering $253.6
04/13/15 Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc. Follow-On Offering $701.5
03/31/15 Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. Acquisition of the mortgage operations of CashCall Inc. $137.8
01/20/15 Cronos Holding Company Ltd. Sale of Cronos Ltd. to Bohai Leasing Co., Ltd. a subsidiary of the HNA Group Undisclosed