Cantor Fitzgerald said today it has added four structured credit professionals and is planning expand the business to underwrite new collateralized loan obligations in the U.S. and Europe.

“The creation of a primary CLO desk is a natural and substantial progression of our presence in the secondary CLO space,” chief executive Shawn P. Matthews said in a press release.  “Our vision to build out our asset-backed trading and structured credit platform, as well as our primary issuance capabilities extends the scope of our fixed income business and adds tremendous value to our clients globally."

Florian Bita, formerly head of CLO and structured products trading at UBS, joins Cantor in New York as a managing director. He will be responsible for the U.S. secondary trading team and also help build out Cantor’s primary issuance capabilities, alongside James Keller.

Jason Eppleston joins Cantor as the head of structured credit origination in Europe.  He will be responsible for setting up a platform and managing the origination and structuring of collateralized debt obligations and other securitized products. Previously, Eppleston was a senior banker at Investec Bank focused on CDO structuring; prior to that he was a managing director responsible for structured credit origination at the former Bear Stearns.

Damian Horton joins Cantor as a CDO structurer and deal originator. He has held senior level positions in financial modeling across multiple asset classes at Pioneer Investments, Prudential Financial and Bear Stearns. 

Martin Deville joins Cantor as a managing director and ABS trader, covering UK Prime RMBS, European Consumer ABS and GBP fixed rate ABS.  Previously, he was an executive director at UBS focusing on European RMBS and consumer ABS. 

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