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Siebert Williams Shank Announces Key Capital Markets Hires

Firm Adds Bankers & Establishes Agency Medium Term Note Desk

David Finkelstein, Sobani Warner to Jointly Head Corporate Finance

New York, NY – March 3, 2023 - Siebert Williams Shank & Co. (SWS), the leading U.S. women- and minority-owned, non-bank financial services firm, today announced key new hires and leadership changes to its taxable fixed income and corporate finance platforms, positioning the firm for continued strong growth and momentum.

David Finkelstein (Left) and Sobani Warner (Right)

David Finkelstein, Senior Managing Director, and Sobani Warner, Senior Managing Director, both long-tenured members of the firm, have officially been appointed as Co-Heads of Corporate Finance after successfully leading the department on an interim basis. The two practice leaders bring complementary skill sets. Finkelstein helped build SWS’ taxable fixed income underwriting business over the past two decades and Warner, previously Head of Equities, has focused primarily on equity new issue and share repurchase.


Ahmad Ismail, has joined as Managing Director, Corporate Finance, and brings to SWS depth of capital markets expertise and strong institutional investor connectivity built over the past decade. Prior to SWS, Ismail worked in a similar capacity in Debt Capital Markets at Bank of America and SMBC Nikko where he had coverage responsibilities and led Investment Grade (IG) transactions across a broad spectrum of sectors. At SWS, Ismail will continue to cover a spectrum of sectors bringing DCM expertise and the full platform of SWS solutions to his coverage universe. Ismail will report to Finkelstein and Warner.


Claude Seide has joined as Managing Director and Co-Head of Agency Sales & Trading, to launch the SWS Agency Medium Term Note desk. Seide brings over 20 years of markets expertise having served as the Head of Trading at Incapital, now InspereX, and as Term Funding Officer at the Federal Home Loan Banks Office of Finance. Seide will report to David Coard, Head of Taxable Fixed Income. Seide is a member of the Education Committee of the Government Investment Officers Association and a Board Member of the South Florida Bond Traders Association. SWS will now actively participate in FFCB, FHLB, FHLMC, FNMA, and FAMCA Negotiated and Auction Callables and Bullets expanding upon its existing platform in Government Agency Discount Notes, Bullets & SOFR Floaters.


Christy Marchand has joined as Vice President of Agency Trading following a stint at Incapital, where she gained years of experience as an institutional trader as well as a background in equity-linked structured products. Clarke Coles has joined as an Analyst in the Corporate Finance Department, building up his experience in the Leveraged Finance practice at Barclays Capital.

“Our taxable fixed income and corporate finance platforms entered 2023 with considerable momentum and these key new hires and leadership changes will only serve to fuel our growth. We bring to issuers and investors depth of experience built through various market and economic cycles and we are seeing that translate into elevated syndicate roles, new institutional investor clients, and increased secondary market fixed income trading,” said Suzanne Shank, President & CEO.


Dually headquartered in New York, NY and Oakland, CA, SWS is an independent non-bank financial services firm that offers investment banking, sales and trading, research, and advisory services. SWS counts 74 Fortune 100 companies among its clients.


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