For Immediate Release
September 16, 2009
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CastleOak Securities
Jon Watt

(BPRW) Val Guilford Joins CastleOak Securities as Senior Managing Director and Head of Equity Sales & Trading

(BLACK PR WIRE) NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- CastleOak Securities, L.P., a leading boutique investment bank, announced today the addition of Val Guilford to head its equity sales and trading business.

Val is a tremendous asset to CastleOak. He brings over 15 years of experience, an impressive track record and deep industry relationships that will further strengthen our business. Throughout his career Val has been an exceptional institutional equity trader and has proven to be a remarkable locator of liquidity. Adding a professional with Val’s level of expertise is vital to our emphasis on providing exceptional service and execution to our clients, and to the growth of our firm, said David R. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of CastleOak. Based in New York, Mr. Guilford joins CastleOak as Senior Managing Director and Head of Equity Sales & Trading

Mr. Guilford previously served as President and Head Global Trader of MAGNA Securities Corp. and was the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Magna Securities Global, Ltd. During the course of his career, Mr. Guilford has managed all aspects of equity sales and trading, including trading in U.S., international and emerging markets. He also has been highly successful in the hiring, training and developing of equity sales and trading professionals.

Mr. Guilford commented, I am proud to have the opportunity to join CastleOak and play a key role in building its equity sales and trading business. I look forward to growing a sustainable business based on strong client relationships and a talented team.

Mr. Guilford holds a bachelors degree from Norfolk State University. He holds Series 7, 24, 55 & 63 licenses and has FSA Authorization. He is a member of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) and has volunteered for the 100 Black Men of America organization where he has mentored at-risk minority youth since 1994.

About CastleOak Securities, L.P.

CastleOak Securities, L.P. is a leading boutique investment bank with an extensive suite of financial services including equity sales and trading, fixed income sales and trading, and financial advisory services. The firm offers clients expertise in primary and secondary market transactions, advice on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, valuations and general strategic assessments. Based in New York, with regional offices in Chicago and Atlanta, CastleOak is managed by a team of seasoned investment bankers who provide innovative, client-driven solutions that leverage their extensive professional experience, strong institutional relationships and keen market insight.

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