Mesirow Financial Appoints Levine General Counsel

CHICAGO, IL, April 5, 2016 – Mesirow Financial announced on Friday that it appointed Jeffrey Levine as senior managing director and general counsel. He succeeds Dennis Black, who has decided to alter his leadership role within the firm while retaining his position on the board of directors.

“Jeff’s promotion to general counsel is well deserved. He has been a valued resource to our firm, and his in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment has enabled him to build strong relationships across our business lines,” said Richard Price, chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial. “I’m also pleased that Dennis plans to remain actively involved in the affairs of the firm as a board member leading certain strategic initiatives,” continued Price.

Jeff, 45, has been with Mesirow since 2008, most recently serving as chief compliance officer and associate general counsel in the firm’s Legal/Compliance Department. In that role, Jeff was responsible for Mesirow’s overall compliance with applicable organizations such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodities Futures Trading Commission, National Futures Association and various other foreign and state agencies.

Prior to joining Mesirow, Jeff served as an attorney advisor in the regulation division of the SEC and earlier in his career as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. He earned his JD from DePaul University College of Law and his BA from Northwestern University. He holds multiple securities licenses, passed the U.K.’s Principal of Financial Regulations and has earned the designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Dennis, 71, served as general counsel since 2009 and as outside counsel for nearly 30 years while at his predecessor firm Goldberg Kohn, of which he was a founding member.

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