Mesirow Financial Continues to Expand its Capital Markets Business

CHICAGO, September 27, 2017 Mesirow Financial continues to expand its Capital Markets business with several significant new hires, expansion into key strategic markets and recently surpassed the $1 billion year-to-date mark in its competitive underwriting volume.  

Mesirow Financial enhanced its California presence with the hiring of Neal Mathisen as senior vice president in the firm’s Institutional Sales and Trading group. Mathisen joins Christopher Tota, managing director, in the firm’s Santa Monica office, and together they will focus primarily on the trading and sales of municipal securities on the West Coast. Mathisen joins Mesirow Financial with extensive municipal bond market experience and has held various institutional sales roles, most recently at William Blair and previously at De La Rosa & Co. Tota has over 28 years of experience in the industry and was partner of De La Rosa & Co, head of municipal trading for Bear Stearns and subsequently head of municipal bond sales and trading at William Blair, prior to joining Mesirow Financial in 2017. Additionally, last week Eliseo Sampayo joined the firm from Jefferies as a senior salesperson in New York, and Jordan Williamson internally transferred into the group from Mesirow Advanced Strategies as a corporate trader in the Chicago office.

In addition to attracting top talent, Mesirow Financial announced that it has surpassed $1 billion year-to-date in competitive underwriting volume. Over the last few years, Mesirow has leveraged its secondary trading capabilities to enhance and grow its expertise in the competitive markets while also expanding in the negotiated markets. Having increased participation with the largest insurance companies and mutual funds nationwide, Mesirow was able to achieve this noteworthy milestone. With the expertise and guidance of senior underwriter Stephen (Jay) Murphy, who joined the firm in 2014, Mesirow has amplified its competitive and negotiated underwriting significantly. Stephen’s vast industry knowledge and in-depth experience developing and implementing marketing and distribution strategies for some of the largest and most frequent issuers nationally has proven critical to the overall success in competitive and negotiated underwriting volume.

As one of the largest Chicago-based fixed-income broker dealers, Mesirow Financial is dedicated to the municipal bond market and continues to strategically expand into different key markets. Within the last year, the firm has added offices and bankers in Indianapolis, IN and Hartford, CT. Recently announced, Mesirow hired well-known New England banker team, John Healey and Richard Thivierge, from William Blair. Based in Hartford, Healey and Thivierge focus primarily on providing custom finance solutions and debt offerings for municipalities and other governmental entities and expanding the firm’s presence in the New England market. Last week, they added an analyst to support their efforts.

In the last month, Mesirow has also expanded its Credit Tenant Lease (CTL) Finance and Structured Debt Products group with the hiring of Martin Podorsky and David Fishler. Podorsky, vice president, is based in the firm’s Chicago office and adds depth to the firm’s structured debt products platform. Fishler, senior vice president, will be based in the firm’s New York office, focusing primarily on the East Coast with opportunities involving family offices, mortgage banking firms and placement sources.

"We are excited about the continuous growth and expansion of our Capital Markets business nationally. We have all of the pieces in place to continue this momentum and attract top talent to be part of the growth of our Capital Markets platform," stated Dominick Mondi, president of Mesirow Financial.

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