Merriman Capital Makes 5 New Hires

Jan 11 2012 | 10:24am ET

Investment bank Merriman Capital has made five key hires for its trading execution and capital markets services groups.

"We are focused on opportunistically adding top revenue generators in a very difficult brokerage environment," said Jon Merriman, CEO of Merriman Capital, in a statement. "We believe these producers will help us strengthen our institutional investor and corporate client relationships, while we remain mindful of overhead discipline and delivering sustainable profitability."

For its capital markets services group, Merriman has tapped Joel Achramowicz as managing director of research and advisory services. Achramowicz has 18 years’ experience analyzing tech companies for firms including Blaylock Robert Van, MDB Capital Group, Investec-PMG Capital and Preferred Capital Markets. He will be based in Merriman's San Francisco office.

For its trading execution group, Merriman has hired Anthony Stamos as managing director while Anthony LaBella, Kimberly Opiatowski and Wayne Yu all join with the title of vice president and will be based in Merriman’s New York office.

Stamos comes to Merriman from BGC/Cantor Fitzgerald and Direct Access Partners where he specialized in technical trading of specific industry trends. He began his career on the Boston Stock Exchange.

LaBella is the former director of international trading at Direct Access Partners. Prior to that, he held sales trading positions at European Securities Network and ITG.

Opiatowski comes to Merriman from Pali Capital where she covered institutional hedge fund and long-only accounts. Prior to joining Pali Capital, she worked on JPMorgan's corporate stock repurchase desk and at Furman Selz as an institutional sales trader.

Yu was most recently vice president of international equities trading at Jefferies & Company where he focused on trading Asian and Canadian ADRs, foreign ordinary and dually listed shares on behalf of institutional investors. He began his career as an international equities trader at Merrill Lynch, where he focused on trading Asian ADRs.

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