Sad to report.
Damon Mezzacappa, the former vice chairman of Lazard Freres & Co. who built the investment bank’s capital-markets division in the 1980s and ’90s, has died. He was 79.
A Managing Director at Lazard from 1980 to 1999, he oversaw the capital-markets unit’s formation in New York and London, according to a statement announcing his retirement.
'I was really quite sure I would succeed, and I saw it as a great opportunity, which it was because Lazard Freres needed me', Mezzacappa said, according to William Cohan's book The Last Tycoons. 'They didn’t know how to sell anything'.
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