FIG Partners Launches Fixed Income Business

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FIG Partners to expand its business into Fixed Income Sales and Trading, Valuation and Strategic Advisory Services, and Capital Markets.

FIG Partners is pleased to announce the launch of a fixed income business. This business will focus on the Sales and Trading of US Treasury, Agency Debt and Residential Mortgage Backed Securities, Small Business Administration loans and pools, Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities, Corporate Debt, Municipal Bonds and other Structured Products with existing and new clients of FIG Partners. The fixed income team at FIG Partners will provide its clients with Valuation Advisory and Risk Management services that will allow for detailed evaluation of complex loans and securities. This capability will differentiate the fixed income business at FIG Partners from a pure agency broker-dealer model.

FIG Partners is an employee-owned broker/dealer specializing in bank and thrift stocks. FIG Partners is owned and led by its managing principals who have extensive backgrounds in Research, Capital Raises, Strategic Advisory, Trading and Sales. FIG Partners has created over 100 new relationships between Community Banks & Investors since inception in 2003. The firm’s expertise includes independent research on 50 public banks and the industry at large, completion of over 40 transactions to raise new capital and provide strategic advice, and OTC market-making for 200+ banks nationwide.

The fixed income team at FIG will be led by Ricardo Diaz and Brian Zwerner. Both held senior leadership roles at global banks, insurance companies and asset management firms, bringing firsthand experience in the risk management of loan and structured product portfolios. Diaz and Zwerner were founding Partners in Vertical Capital Solutions a structured products advisory firm with offices in New York, Atlanta and Chicago. Also joining FIG’s fixed income team is Christopher Wood, formerly a Principal with Vertical Capital Solutions. The fixed income team will be based in Atlanta.

“Today is an ideal time to launch a fixed income platform at FIG,” said Adam Desmond, Managing Principal of FIG Partners. “Our bank clients have an increasing need for quality investment securities and unbiased advice on their portfolios. This new fixed income team gives us the ability to deliver ideas and execution for our clients, to grow our footprint, and to deepen our bank research and intelligence.”

“Our experience over the last 18 months providing valuation and risk advisory to banks and other investors position us to add value to the clientele of FIG Partners,” said Ricardo Diaz, Co-Head of Fixed Income at FIG. “We are excited to join the FIG team and look forward to building a successful platform.”

For more information on the FIG Partners team and services, please visit:, or

Adam Desmond
Managing Principal
FIG Partners
Phone: 404.601.7213
Email: adesmond(at)figpartners(dot)com


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