Jefferies & Co. continues to expand its debt team, making additions to its high yield, leveraged loan and distressed debt sales, trading and research group.

Since hiring Robert Harteveldt, a 24-year Bear Stearns veteran, as chairman of fixed income in July 2008, Jefferies has added nine sales professionals, one trader and seven research analysts, expanding the team to nearly 50 professionals dedicated to leveraged loan, high yield and distressed products. During the next few weeks, the firm expects to announce the hires of three more traders.

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