Corporate Finance to provide products and services across companies' capital structure
GREENWICH, Conn. and JERSEY CITY, N.J., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Knight Libertas LLC, a subsidiary of Knight Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:
NITE), today announced the appointment of Les B. Levi as Managing Director,
Head of Corporate Finance.
Mr. Levi has more than 25 years experience in the global capital markets
as a portfolio manager, research analyst and investment banker. Les joined
Knight from Plainfield Asset Management, a special situations hedge fund,
where he was a Partner. Previously, he held senior-level research and
investment banking positions at JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Drexel Burnham
"Les has extensive experience working with companies of all sizes on
capital structure issues and equity and debt financing," said Gary Katcher,
Executive Vice President, Knight Capital Group. "He brings an indispensable
perspective to companies that fits well with Knight's capital markets presence
and extensive distribution network to institutional firms. We're thrilled to
have Les leading the Corporate Finance team in raising capital for companies
of all sizes across the equity and debt product areas."
In addition, Knight announced the hiring of David W. Unger as Managing
Director. Mr. Unger has more than 30 years experience in the capital markets
with a specialization in the media and communications sectors. He is a former
Founding Partner at Avalon Equity Partners, Chairman and Founder of Avalon
Cable, and Vice President at Communications Equity Associates.
The Corporate Finance team brings together expertise in research, sales
and trading, advisory services and capital raising in developing innovative
solutions for companies. Corporate Finance provides products and services
across companies' capital structure including advisory services, debt and
equity financing, balance sheet restructuring, private placements, restricted
share programs and debt repurchases. Mr. Levi reports to Mr. Katcher.
The Corporate Finance team operates from Knight's Greenwich office at 1
Greenwich Office Park South, 2nd floor, Greenwich, CT 06831, phone
Les B. Levi
Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance
Knight Libertas LLC
Les B. Levi is Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance.
Mr. Levi joined Knight Libertas in June 2009 to lead Corporate Finance,
which originates and structures equity and debt financing transactions for
companies. Most recently, Les was a Partner at Plainfield Asset Management
LLC, a special situations hedge fund, where he oversaw a portfolio of Telecom,
Media and Technology investments. Over his 25 year career on Wall Street, Les
has participated in hundreds of financing transactions as a senior-level
banker, research analyst, and investor at firms JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and
Les was named to Institutional Investor's inaugural All America Fixed
Income Research Team in 1992 and received the honor twelve times. In addition,
he is an adjunct professor of business at NYU Stern School of Business and
currently serves as a director of the National Book Foundation Board and
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board.
Les received a bachelor of arts from New York University, a master of arts
and doctor of philosophy from Columbia University, and a master of business
administration from the NYU Stern School of Business.
David W. Unger
Managing Director, Corporate Finance
Knight Libertas LLC
David W. Unger is Managing Director, Corporate Finance.
Mr. Unger joined Knight in July 2009 and has more than 30 years experience
in the capital markets. Most recently, he was a Founding Partner at Avalon
Equity Partners, an investment firm focused on private and public equity
opportunities in the Media and Communications sectors. Prior to that, he was
Chairman and Founder of Avalon Cable, which was acquired by Charter
Communications in 1999. He also served as a Vice President at Communications
David received a bachelor of science in economics from The Wharton School
at the University of Pennsylvania and a master of business administration from
the NYU Stern School of Business.
Knight Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NITE) is a leading financial services
firm that provides electronic and voice access to the global capital markets
across multiple asset classes for buy-side, sell-side and corporate clients.
In Global Markets, we provide market access and trade execution services in
nearly every U.S. equity security and a large number of global equities and
fixed income, foreign exchange, futures and options. Our approach to trading
combines deep liquidity with robust trading technology and capital
facilitation, when necessary, to deliver high quality trade executions
consistent with client defined measures. Our Corporate segment invests in
strategic, financial services-oriented opportunities, allocates, deploys and
monitors all capital and maintains all corporate overhead expenses. Our Asset
Management segment is reported as a discontinued operation as of March 31,
2009. More information about Knight can be found at www.knight.com.
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