Jefferies Expands Leveraged Finance Investment Banking

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Jefferies has announced the addition of Christopher Burns as a Managing Director in the firm’s Leveraged Finance Investment Banking Group.

He will be based in the firm’s New York office.

'Our Leveraged Finance business continues to rapidly expand, as evidenced by the fact that Jefferies has bookrun 118 leveraged finance transactions in the last 12 months, including 53 leveraged loans and 65 high yield bond offerings', commented Benjamin D. Lorello, Global Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Jefferies. 'The addition of Chris Burns and his significant leveraged finance experience and client relationships in the Industrials sector is part of our ongoing strategy to build on this momentum and provide best-in-class execution to our clients'.

Robert L. Harteveldt, Global Head of Leveraged Finance at Jefferies and Kevin Lockhart, Global Head of Leveraged Finance Origination at Jefferies, commented, 'We are very pleased to welcome Chris to Jefferies, and we look forward to benefiting from his broad-based experience in originating and structuring leveraged loan and high yield transactions and his particular expertise in the Industrials space'.

Burns brings to Jefferies more than 15 years of experience, and joins the firm from Goldman Sachs, where he spent the last nine years, including seven years in Leveraged Finance investment banking, most recently as Co-Head of Industrials Leveraged Finance. Previously, he worked in Mergers & Acquisitions investment banking at Merrill Lynch, and prior to that, was a Senior Underwriter in Structured Finance at Fleet Boston Financial. He received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern and his BA from Franklin & Marshall College.

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