Top Lazard banker who grasped opportunity dies


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.

Bloomberg News reports that he died on April 14 at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, his wife, Katherine Bryan, said in a telephone interview. The cause was lung cancer.

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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Damon Mezzacappa, Who Started Lazard Capital Markets, Dies at 79

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