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NEW YORK, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., a leading global services financial firm, today announced that Jim Conforti and Steve Zapata have joined the firm as Managing Directors focused on convertible and other equity-linked securities.  Based in New York, they will report to Jarred Kessler, Global Head of U.S. Equities. 

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"We are pleased to welcome Jim and Steve to the Cantor team," said Shawn P. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.  "We are committed to hiring seasoned professionals like Jim and Steve whose deep industry knowledge and long-standing client relationships add value to our global equities team.   The convertible sector is an area of decided emphasis for us, and their appointment underscores our objective to provide our institutional clients with broad and diversified product offerings."

"We are delighted to have such experienced professionals as Jim and Steve join the Cantor team, and expect them to have an immediate and positive impact on our convertibles business," added Mr. Kessler.

Mr. Conforti recently served as Vice President of Convertible Securities at Maxim Group.  Earlier, he was a Partner, senior convertible trader and senior sales professional at McMahan Securities, Forum Capital Partners and Hambrecht & Quist.  Mr. Conforti holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Long Island University, and an M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business. 

Mr. Zapata recently worked at Bloomberg Tradebook where he managed a group that created profitable execution models for various classes of securities.  Previously, he held senior positions at SG Cowen, Wachovia, Susquehanna International Group and Seaport Securities.  Mr. Zapata holds a B.S. in Finance from Drexel University.

About Cantor Fitzgerald
Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services group at the forefront of financial and technological innovation has been a proven and resilient leader for over 65 years. Cantor is a preeminent capital markets investment bank serving more than 7,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets, investment banking, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate finance and its global distribution platform.  Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of 22 primary dealers authorized to trade U.S. government securities with The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Cantor Fitzgerald's 1,600 employees serve clients through over 30 locations, including major financial centers around the world in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and the Middle East. For more information please visit www.cantor.com.

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