Concept Capital Markets, LLC Hires Charlie Fisher, Opens Office in the Greater Atlanta, GA Area.

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Concept Capital Markets, LLC expands prime brokerage sales team with industry veteran Charlie Fisher and extends geographic reach with the opening of an office in the greater Atlanta, GA area.

Concept Capital Markets, LLC is pleased to announce that Charlie Fisher has joined the firm as a Managing Director in our Prime Brokerage Services group. Mr. Fisher brings to Concept more than thirty years of experience in the investment business, including a great deal of expertise in providing prime brokerage services to fund managers. Mr. Fisher will be based in the firm’s newly established office in greater Atlanta, GA.

Charlie comes to Concept Capital from Grace Financial Group, LLC, where he was a Managing Director and spent the last eight years developing and growing a prime brokerage services practice as well as building a platform aimed at servicing traditional investment advisers. Charlie began his career at Shearson, where he spent the 1980s, and also worked at Neuberger Berman, LLC for more than a decade beginning in 1990, where he managed correspondent clearing and the prime broker group. Charlie’s long tenure in the securities industry also included positions at Bear, Stearns & Co., Jefferies & Co., and Triad Securities.

“We are pleased to welcome Charlie to Concept Capital and look forward to working with him to introduce Concept Capital’s capabilities to his many relationships in the investment management community”, said Robert Moore, Chief Executive Officer. “During our discussions in recent months, we’ve come to appreciate that Charlie’s extensive prime brokerage experience and his vast relationships among hedge fund managers will help us to extend the reach of the Concept Capital brand and service offering, which is rooted in earning our clients’ business every day by serving them as a trusted and loyal partner”, he added.

Frank Napolitani, Managing Director and Head of Prime Services Sales, added “we’re eager for the opportunity to introduce Concept Capital and our capabilities to Charlie’s clients. With a diverse range of experiences and skill sets that include prime brokerage, launching hedge funds, portfolio management, research, sales and trading, clearance and settlement, financial operations, compliance, technology, and customer support, we believe the Concept Capital team is uniquely equipped to understand and anticipate our clients’ needs and preferences. Our continued investment in technology and talented individuals enables us to deliver tools and support services, such as enhanced portfolio management and reporting solutions, which improve our clients’ ability to manage their businesses. These investments, along with our expanded sales effort throughout the United States, have afforded us the opportunity to win a large number of new client mandates and maintain a very high client retention rate, and we believe they will be well received by Charlie’s relationships.”

“I look forward to working with the team at Concept Capital and introducing my relationships to the Concept Capital platform,” said Charlie Fisher. “In what has been a difficult environment for brokerages, I believe Concept Capital has been able to not only sustain an excellent level of commitment to client service, but also enhance its suite of services that help investment managers remain focused on their portfolios, including its enhanced technology offering featuring real-time risk management and portfolio reporting. Together with its access to additional custodial options as well as it extensive operational support, technology, and trading teams, I believe Concept Capital offers investment managers a compelling solution that I look forward to marketing.”

About Concept Capital Markets, LLC:
Concept Capital offers a comprehensive suite of brokerage and related services that provide traditional and alternative investment managers with solutions that are customizable and scalable. The firm was built by former investment managers to serve hedge fund managers, managed account platforms, institutional investors, family offices, and registered investment advisors with turn-key solutions designed to free its clients to focus on their core competencies. Our offering features world-class custody and clearing options, multi asset class capabilities, leading execution and order management systems, a seasoned execution desk, a range of financing options, a highly professional operations and customer support team, comprehensive portfolio reporting capabilities, and capital introduction. Concept Capital Markets, LLC was established in 2010 following the spin-off of the Concept Capital division of Sanders Morris Harris Inc., whose origins date back to 1995. Concept Capital Markets, LLC is headquartered in Garden City, New York and operates offices in New York City, Greenwich, CT, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles and Del Mar, CA, and Boca Raton, FL. The firm is registered as a Broker Dealer and Investment Adviser with the SEC, and is a member of FINRA, NFA, and SIPC. For additional information, visit http://www.conceptcapital.com. In Global Custodian Magazine’s 2012 Prime Brokerage Survey Concept Capital earned the “Top Prime Broker North America” honor as a result of scoring “Best in Class” in every category by the survey’s respondents with Assets Under Management under $100 million.

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