Dahlman Rose, a boutique investment bank, has hired another managing director as it builds up its leveraged finance group. Jeffrey Silverman has joined to be head of sales; he was previously a v.p. at Credit Suisse--and prior to that Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette--where he worked for nine years in high yield and distressed sales.
The New York boutique specializes in marine transport, energy and natural resources and formed the leveraged finance group toward the end of June. Neal Thomas, managing director and head of the group, said founders Simon Rose and Ernest Dahlman felt a fixed-income presence was a natural progression from their equity business.
The firm has already started trading bonds and loans and is currently in the market with two, $200 million plus deals that are private placements in the maritime space. Thomas anticipates adding three to four staff members over the next two months.
Thomas previously worked at Guggenheim Capital Markets, Drexel Burnham Lambert and The Argosy Group, which was bought by CIBC World Markets. At CIBC, he met team members Paul Lopez, managing director, and Joseph McGrath, senior v.p., whom he hired. The leveraged finance group also consists of Mario Monello, senior capital markets advisor, formerly a managing partner at Lehman Brothers; David Kranich, senior v.p. and head of trading, formerly of BB&T Capital; and Susan DeRoberts, v.p. in sales, previously a trader at Harbert Management.