Merlin Taps Partner To Oversee Large Hedge Fund Sales

Aug 1 2011 | 9:57am ET

Prime brokerage Merlin has hired Brian V.S. McKenna as a partner in the Merlin Institutional Group.

McKenna comes to Merlin from Collins Stewart Hawkpoint where he served as senior managing director and global relationship manager. He was also responsible for investment banking development, analyst recruiting and business development. Prior to that, McKenna served as a managing director for investment firm William Blair & Co., where he established both the Boston and New York office.

In his new role, McKenna will enhance MIG’s institutional sales efforts to large hedge funds and money managers in New York and the Northeast region.

“Brian’s addition allows us to further expand the Merlin Institutional Group and broadens our ability to provide hedge fund clients with differentiated investment ideas and high-quality execution,” said Stephan Vermut, founder and managing partner of Merlin. “Brian is well recognized within the institutional investment community, and I am very pleased to welcome him to Merlin.”

MIG was established in April 2009 to provide original equity research, corporate access, trading ideas and execution to medium and large hedge funds. McKenna joins MIG’s team of existing partners, Jesse Cole, Jason Mallor and Jim Magill.

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