BTIG LLC announced four new hires to its New York fixed income sales team, which expands its coverage in credit, ABS/MBS and emerging markets.

BTIG has brought on Tim Wilson, John Christenson, Brian Heaton, and Ronald Lonergan, a team of Merrill Lynch veterans who most recently worked together at Utendahl. These new hires expand the overall size of BTIG’s Fixed Income team to more than 70 professionals in sales and trading, and the addition of Wilson and Christenson also help to build out BTIG's middle market business.

Wilson brings 22 years of experience to the BTIG. He spent nearly 8 years at Kidder, Peabody before joining Merrill Lynch in 1995 in middle market sales. In late 2001, he became New York sales manager, and later New York regional manager. Wilson is a sales generalist with ABS/MBS specialty.

Christenson spent over 23 years at  Merrill Lynch. He started on the retail liaison desk at Merrill Lynch before moving to middle market sales and helping grow that effort into a distinct and vital distribution arm of the institutional sales force. Christenson is a sales generalist with credit and emerging market specialty.

Heaton is a MBS specialist, with more than 15 years of experience in the business. He started his career on the government/agency desk at Merrill Lynch before moving to sales. Heaton moved to MBS 10 years ago and has a wide variety of institutional account relationships.

Lonergan is an 18 year industry veteran who spent the majority of his career at Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. He is a credit and structured credit specialist with deep and varied account relationships.

BTIG’s Global Fixed Income Group was launched in February of this year by Jon Bass, formerly of UBS, and John Purcell, formerly of Citigroup, who together bring 50 years of fixed income experience to BTIG. The group focuses on sales and trading of credit products, covering the full credit spectrum from investment grade to distressed debt, as well as emerging markets and mortgages.

 The firm plans further expansion in the areas of high grade corporates, high yield, distressed, emerging markets, and ABS/MBS.

 

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