Ramping its asset- and mortgage-backed investment banking businesses, Mariner Investment Group, which has been best known for its hedge fund management, recently hired four industry pros to head the new division.

New-hire Robert L. Soifer, who'd been with Bear, Stearns & Co. for 20 years, 10 of which as a managing director in the mortgage-backed securities department, most recently worked at CIBC Oppenheimer and Legg Mason, as mortgage/asset-backed specialist.

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